Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Another cultural icon bites the dust- from the First Earth Day, 1971
From The Straight Dope:
"According to an article in the April 8 Los Angeles New Times, the entire persona was exacty that--merely a persona. "Iron Eyes" Cody was actually Espera DiCorti, born of two Italian immigrants in Gueydan, Louisiana. DiCorti had loved playing Indians as a child and always said he was going to be an actor one day. After a move to Texas, he shortened his name to Cody and headed off for Los Angeles to make his fortune. According to Mae Abshire Duhon, his only living sibling, "The next thing we heard was that he had turned Indian."
The story is verified by a 1996 article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune that also established Cody's Italian-American roots. "
Here's the Wikipedia entry...