Rita Moreno

Actress + Singer
Born Dec 11, 1931

Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress. She is the only Hispanic and one of the few performers to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, and was the second Puerto Rican to win an Academy Award.

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1931 Birth Born on December 11, 1931.
1936 4 Years Old Rita's mother moved to New York City in 1936, taking her daughter, but not her son, Rita's younger brother, Francisco. … Read More


1954 22 Years Old In March 1954, Moreno was featured on the cover of Life Magazine with the caption "Rita Moreno: An Actress's Catalog of Sex and Innocence". … Read More
1961 29 Years Old In 1961, Moreno landed the role of Anita in Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins' film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein's and Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking Broadway musical West Side Story, which had been played by Chita Rivera on Broadway. … Read More


1965 33 Years Old On June 18, 1965, Moreno married Leonard Gordon, a cardiologist who was also her manager. … Read More
1971 39 Years Old From 1971 to 1977, Moreno was a main cast member on the PBS children's series The Electric Company. … Read More


1975 43 Years Old Moreno's Broadway credits include Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1969), the very short-lived musical Gantry (1970) and The Ritz, for which she won the 1975 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress.


1985 53 Years Old She appeared in Chicago in the female version of The Odd Couple, for which she won the Sarah Siddons Award in 1985.


1993 61 Years Old In 1993 she was invited to perform at President Bill Clinton's inauguration and later that month was asked to perform at the White House.
2000 68 Years Old She released an eponymous album of nightclub songs in 2000 on the Varèse Sarabande label, with liner notes by Michael Feinstein. … Read More
2006 74 Years Old In 2006, she portrayed Amanda Wingfield in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's revival of The Glass Menagerie.
2007 75 Years Old She had a recurring role on Law & Order: Criminal Intent as the dying mother of Detective Robert Goren. She played the family matriarch on the short-lived 2007 TV series Cane, which starred Jimmy Smits and Hector Elizondo.
2011 79 Years Old 1 More Event
She played the mother of Fran Drescher's character in the 2011–13 TV sitcom Happily Divorced.
2014 82 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She has continued to work in film since then, including a small voice role in the 2014 film Rio 2, perhaps her most commercially successful film.
2016 84 Years Old In January 2016, it was announced that Moreno would costar in the Netflix reboot of Norman Lear's classic sitcom One Day At A Time, playing the grandmother of the Cuban-American family at the center of the series.
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