Where you been, Marco Polo?


American Daze Purple Haze is back… he went down to Sydney to help a jailbird… twenty-two hours from New York… flying through darkness, hitting a storm around Fiji… 30,000 feet down to the sea… plane rockin and rollin… like riding a buckin horse in the dead of night… finally a glimpse of morning light… sun coming up over the Opera House… wanna see Die Fiedermaus?.. going through Customs… the wily coyote flashes a vax card, excellent forgery, breezes through the Covid bull… takes a bus to Long Bay Prison… bail hearing for an old mate who saved his life in ’78… he’s in the pokey for killing a man in a bar fight, both crazy with booze… the dude has paid his dues… let him go… Thanks for coming, we’ll let you know.

American Daze Purple Haze had planned to stay awhile… but then came the rain, millions of mice came up the drain… time to get out of this town, everything is upside down… he takes the first flight to wherever it’s going… it’s going to Tahiti, eight hours to Papeete… no sweat, order a mai tai… check into the Hotel Tahiti Nui… tempted to pack it all in and stay here, no one will miss him… but on the chance they do, he’ll say he got amnesia in French Polynesia… forget all that, you got a cat… in the GHOST IN TAHITIdrunken heat he wanders the streets… looking for the ghost of Cheyenne Brando… je me souviens… he walks into the wrong bar on Papeete Street… but let’s be discreet and draw a veil on that tale… our hero is just trying to get back… another bird on the tarmac… jumps on board, eight hours to LA, City of Angels… but the angels have fled… and the Devil ain’t dead… he’s alive and well and living at the Rainbow Hotel… no time to tarry, American Daze Purple Haze is still on the fly, another plane, another sky… a smooth six hours to Gotham City… a night at the Casablanca… rubbing shoulders with faded memories in Times Square, the pungent smell of the past in the air… and next day the final leg, a train from Grand Central to Mumblypeg… picks up his cat, Where you been Marco Polo? Six days looking out a window, take me home to the bungalow… and thus they repair to the hermitage, he’s rolling and she’s lolling… the sweet aroma of purple haze in the air.

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The troubled life of Cheyenne Brando

Cheyenne Brando’s suicide.Good looks, cool name, famous father — and a one-way ticket to oblivion.

Cheyenne Brando, the daughter of Marlon Brando, hanged herself on April 16, 1995. She was 25.

Cheyenne Brando’s suicide.

The daughter of Brando’s third wife, a Tahitian actress, Cheyenne was in awe of her father during her childhood but grew to hate him for abandoning her. Working as a Tahitian model, she got into drugs and it spiraled out of control.

In 1989, she was seriously injured when she crashed her Jeep and needed plastic surgery, ending her modeling career. She sunk into a deep and suicidal depression.

Cheyenne Brando’s suicide.
Cheyenne with Dag Drollet

Cheyenne was dating Dag Drollet, the son of a member of the French Polynesian Assembly, but the relationship ended when she accused him of physical abuse. Her half-brother, Marlon’s son Christian, came to her rescue. In 1990 he shot Drollet dead.

Marlon Brando and Christian at the trial.

By then Cheyenne had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and the court refused to admit her testimony at Christian’s trial. She ended her troubled life by hanging herself in her mother’s house in Tahiti.

In a plea deal, Christian Brando was sentenced to seven years for manslaughter and released after serving five. He died of pneumonia in 2008 at the age of 49.

American Daze in Tahiti 

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