Real name: Rosita Dolores Alverio
Birthdate: December 11, 1931
Partner: Lenny Gordon
Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931, in Humacao, Puerto Rico) is a singer, dancer and an Academy Award-winning actress and the first and only Puerto Rican actress in history (as well as one of only nine people) to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award.
Moreno (born Rosita Dolores Alverío) moved with her mother to New York City at the age of five. When she was eleven years old, she lent her voice to Spanish-language versions of American films. She had her first Broadway role (Angelina in Skydrift) by the time she was thirteen, which caught the attention of Hollywood talent scouts. For the next ten years, Moreno played roles in movies which she considered degrading.
Finally, in 1961, Moreno landed the role of "Anita" in Robert Wise's film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein's and Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking Broadway musical, West Side Story. Moreno gained fame and an Academy Award as the Best Supporting Actress for that role.
Moreno went on to be the second actor, and the first Hispanic, to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar (as mentioned), and a Tony. In 1985 she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre.Rita Moreno on the 1962 album cover for Academy Award Winner Rita Moreno Sings
Moreno dated Marlon Brando, her co-star in The Night of the Following Day (1968) and is rumored to have attempted suicide after their relationship ended.
Moreno's Broadway credits include The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Gantry, The Ritz, and the female version of The Odd Couple.
Moreno continues to be active on stage and screen. In 2006, she portrayed Amanda Wingfield in the Berkeley Repertory Theater's revival of The Glass Menagerie. She was also seen on Law and Order: Criminal Intent as the dying mother of Detective Goren.
Perhaps Moreno's main contribution to the Hispanic community has been her ability to transcend what some have viewed as the widespread discriminatory practices of Hollywood.
Among Moreno's many awards and recognitions are the following:Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004
- Academy Award Best Supporting Actress, "West Side Story" (1961).
- "The Joseph Jefferson Award" Best Chicago Theatre Actress (1968).
- Grammy Award The Electric Company Album (1972).
- Tony Award Best Featured Actress, "The Ritz" (1975).
- 2 Emmy Awards "The Muppet Show" (1977), and "The Rockford Files" (1978).
- "The Golden Apple" Cue Magazine Award.
- "The Sarah Siddons Awards" for her portrayal of Olive Madison in the female version of the Odd Couple.
- "Special Recognition Award" from the International Latin Music Hall of Fame (2001).
- "Presidential Medal of Freedom" from President George W. Bush in June 2004.
- Rita Moreno has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7083 Hollywood Blvd.
- On August 20, 2007, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver announced that Rita Moreno will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame this December 5, 2007 located at The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts in Sacramento.
On June 18, 1965 Moreno married Lenny Gordon, who remains her husband and manager. They have one daughter, Fernanda (Gordon) Fisher.
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