The former actress, who was born in India and brought up in Britain, married the late movie legend in 1957 and gave birth to his first son, Christian, a year later.

She and Brando divorced in 1959 and fought bitterly for custody of their son, who died in 2008 after serving time behind bars for shooting and killing his sister's boyfriend.

Before meeting Brando, Kashfi starred in movies opposite Rock Hudson and Spencer Tracy.

She also released the memoir Brando For Breakfast in 1979.