Rita Moreno
Actress, singer
Rita Moreno
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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Reminder: A Latina Has Never Won The Oscar For Best Actress
Huffington Post - 26 days
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their much-anticipated nominees for the 89th Annual Academy Awards on Tuesday.  Even before I glanced at the list of performers with nods this year, I knew who I wouldn’t find among the names: a Latina actress. Why? Because a Latina has never won an Oscar for Best Actress ― not once in nearly 90 years of Oscar history!  In that time, we’ve invented the color television, handheld phones, radar, lasers, the personal computer, the internet. We created VHS tapes, replaced them with DVDs, then Blu-Ray (sort of), then Netflix. We put a man on the moon and thawed the Cold War. And still, the world has yet to see a Latina actress take home an Academy Award for Best Actress. In fact, the last time a Latina was nominated for Best Actress was Catalina Sandino Moreno for “Maria Full of Grace” in 2004. That means it’s been 13 years since a Latina actress has even been nominated in the category.  And Latinxs have ...
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From NPR's Latino USA: Full Disclosure
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Latino USA brings you stories about people who speak up, and speak out, even when the stakes are high. Designer Mondo Guerra of Project Runway fame talks to us about the moment he disclosed his HIV+ status on national television and how that led to his HIV/AIDS advocacy work. Sesame Street regular Carlo Alban tells us how despite being so visible, he was hiding the deep secret that he was undocumented. Finally, Rita Moreno gives us a peek behind the scenes and discusses accents and getting roles as a Latina then and now. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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The Trailer For Netflix's ‘One Day At A Time’ Reboot Is Finally Here
Huffington Post - 2 months
It’s been nearly a year since Netflix ordered a 13-episode straight-to-series for the Latino family reboot of “One Day At A Time.” The wait is almost over. The streaming company gave fans a first look at the series, set to premiere Jan. 6, in a 2-minute trailer released Wednesday. The remake of Norman Lear’s 1970s sitcom stars Rita Moreno, Justina Machado and was written by Gloria Calderon Kellett, who's written and produced for "How I Met Your Mother," "iZombie," and "Devious Maids."  Much like the original, the 2017 version will center on a single mother’s struggles (Machado) to raise her children with the help of her mother (Moreno). But in this case, the family is Cuban-American and Machado’s character is a former military mom raising a daughter and a son.  Moreno briefly described the series during an interview with The Huffington Post in July. “It’s a very authentically Latino-oriented show,” she told HuffPost. “Hilarious, but every episode deals wit ...
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HUD Secretary Castro, Rita Moreno Stump for Clinton in Cleveland
NPR - 4 months
HUD Secretary Julian Castro was part of the get-out-the-vote effort among Hispanic voters on Cleveland’s west side this weekend. The Convencion Hispana draws thousands of northern Ohio Latinos every three years to talk about health, education, entrepreneurship, and, especially this year, immigration and politics. Julian Castro, who was among those considered for Hillary Clinton’s running mate, says Ohio remains important to Clinton’s White House hopes – and Latinos are important to Ohio. “It’s an aspiring community, it’s a community that is pursuing the American dream, that is important to the Ohio economy and the nation’s economy, and I’m here just to encourage people to get out and vote, to be full participants in American democracy. That’s no more important than here in Ohio.” :18 "Tomorrow is the last day in Ohio to register to vote on Nov. 8th. Early voting starts Wednesday. Both Clinton and Donald Trump continue to stump the state, with Clinton at Ohio State later today and Trump
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Music Center to honor Rita Moreno at Summer Soirée
LATimes - 8 months
Rita Moreno, whose career has spanned an Academy Award-winning turn as the hotheaded Anita in 1961’s “West Side Story” to her role as Liliana De La Vega on the CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” will be honored at the Music Center of Los Angeles’ inaugural Summer Soirée next week. The veteran actress-dancer-singer,...
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Music Center to honor Rita Moreno at Summer Soirée
LATimes - 8 months
Rita Moreno, whose career has spanned an Academy Award-winning turn as the hotheaded Anita in 1961’s “West Side Story” to her role as Liliana De La Vega on the CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” will be honored at the Music Center of Los Angeles’ inaugural Summer Soirée next week. The veteran actress-dancer-singer,...
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Music Center to honor Rita Moreno at Summer Soirée
LATimes - 8 months
Rita Moreno, whose career has spanned an Academy Award-winning turn as the hotheaded Anita in 1961’s “West Side Story” to her role as Liliana De La Vega on the CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” will be honored at the Music Center of Los Angeles’ inaugural Summer Soirée next week. The veteran actress-dancer-singer,...
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Orgullosa: How I Learned to Love My Heritage
Huffington Post - 9 months
When I was a young girl I spent every Sunday at my grandfather's house. While dinner was the precursor that brought us together, it was not the principal reason everyone gathered at his Brooklyn apartment. The time spent together was critical to nurturing our family bond. Human nature naturally causes families to stick together. You tend to be loyal to those who share your last name, your bloodline, or even just your shared experiences. Family has shaped most of who I am. Being part of a large Puerto Rican family instilled in me a strong and powerful sense of orgullo. It is a fusion of the love I have for our culture, our food, and our music. It's the reason my eyes tear up every time I hear Preciosa or Que Bonita Bandera. Cultura for me has always been rooted in family traditions and customs like the sleepless nights spent at my abuelo's house watching the adults make pasteles for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. It was watching my aunts become glued to the television w ...
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Minority Report: Not the Movie -- The Oscar Controversy
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I'm not comfortable taking issue with the hubbub surrounding the lack of minorities in major categories in this year's Oscar race. Indeed, it's unfortunate in the past two years there've been none in the four acting races, but the omissions belie a number of factors and, if there is criticism to be directed, it should not be the Motion Picture Academy. There've been 97 minority actors nominated since 1939 when Hattie McDaniel became the first Black Oscar recipient for playing a servant in Gone With The Wind. And that is part of the problem, because for many, many years Blacks and other minorities were relegated to roles not only of a supporting nature but indicative of the racist times when their lots in major professions were limited. Film icon Myrna Loy of Thin Man fame is said to have asked MGM's hierarchy, "Why does every Black person in the movies have to play a servant? How about a Black person walking up the steps of a court house carrying a briefcase?" But sadly the next B ...
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America Gets "On its Feet" For Latinos
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Latinos have taken over. At least it seems like that when you turn on the TV or go to Broadway. Jennifer Lopez, America Ferrera and Eva Longoria all have primetime TV shows. Last month, Rita Moreno finally received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. Moreno earned this distinction. She is one of only 12 artists who have ever won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, as well as the first Hispanic to have won all four awards. Seems like it was only yesterday that Latino groups publicly criticized the Kennedy Center for excluding Latinos for a decade from the awards. And, our voices were heard. Gloria and Emilio Estefan recently were among the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President Barack Obama, is the nation's highest civilian honor and presented to individuals who have made special contributions to the security or national interests of the United States. Looking back, I've been reflecting on the r ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rita Moreno
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  • 2016
    Age 84
    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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  • 2014
    Age 82
    In 2014, Moreno appeared in the NBC television film Old Soul, alongside Natasha Lyonne, Fred Willard and Ellen Burstyn.
    More Details Hide Details The film was intended as a pilot for a television series, but it was not picked up.
    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.
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  • 2011
    Age 79
    In September 2011, Moreno began performing a solo autobiographical show at the Berkeley Rep (theater) in Berkeley, California, Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup written by Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone after hours of interviews with Moreno.
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    She played the mother of Fran Drescher's character in the 2011–13 TV sitcom Happily Divorced.
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  • 2007
    Age 75
    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 74
    In 2006, she portrayed Amanda Wingfield in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's revival of The Glass Menagerie.
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  • 2000
    Age 68
    She released an eponymous album of nightclub songs in 2000 on the Varèse Sarabande label, with liner notes by Michael Feinstein.
    More Details Hide Details Moreno had an eight-year-long affair with actor Marlon Brando. In an interview with Good Day LA, Moreno stated that Elvis Presley was not a good lover. They dated for quite some time, but whenever the opportunity presented itself to take the relationship to another level, Presley backed off. Moreno would later confirm that she only dated Presley to make Brando jealous. Moreno has also had relationships with actors Anthony Quinn and Dennis Hopper, and theater critic Kenneth Tynan. She claims that Tynan stalked her.
  • 1993
    Age 61
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1985
    Age 53
    She appeared in Chicago in the female version of The Odd Couple, for which she won the Sarah Siddons Award in 1985.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1975
    Age 43
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1971
    Age 39
    From 1971 to 1977, Moreno was a main cast member on the PBS children's series The Electric Company.
    More Details Hide Details She screamed the show's opening line, "HEY, YOU GUYS!" Her roles on the show included Millie the Helper, the naughty little girl Pandora, and Otto, a very short-tempered director. Rita Moreno appeared in the variety series The Muppet Show, and she has made numerous guest appearances on television series since the 1970s, including The Love Boat, The Cosby Show, George Lopez, The Golden Girls, and Miami Vice. One notable guest appearance was a three-episode arc on The Rockford Files in 1977 as former call girl Rita Kapcovic. For her portrayal, Moreno won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Drama Series. As a result, she became the third person (after Richard Rodgers and Helen Hayes) to have won an Oscar (1962), a Grammy (1972), a Tony (1975), and an Emmy (1977).
  • 1965
    Age 33
    On June 18, 1965, Moreno married Leonard Gordon, a cardiologist who was also her manager.
    More Details Hide Details He died on June 30, 2010. They have one daughter, Fernanda Luisa Fisher, and two grandsons, Justin and Cameron Fisher. Moreno once considered leaving her husband but could not because she did not want to break up the family. Among Moreno's awards and recognition are the following:
  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Moreno won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for that role. After winning the Oscar, Moreno thought she would be able to continue to perform less stereotypical film roles, but was disappointed: Ha, ha. I showed them. I didn't make another movie for seven years after winning the Oscar. Before West Side Story, I was always offered the stereotypical Latina roles. The Conchitas and Lolitas in westerns. I was always barefoot. It was humiliating, embarrassing stuff. But I did it because there was nothing else. After West Side Story, it was pretty much the same thing. A lot of gang stories. Moreno had a major role in Summer and Smoke (1961), released soon after West Side Story. She did appear in one film during her self-imposed exile from Hollywood – Cry of Battle (1963) – although it had been filmed directly before and after she won the Academy Award.
  • 1954
    Age 22
    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".
    More Details Hide Details Moreno disliked most of her film work during this period, as she felt the roles she was given were very stereotypical. One exception was her supporting role in the film version of The King and I as Tuptim.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Age 4
    Rita's mother moved to New York City in 1936, taking her daughter, but not her son, Rita's younger brother, Francisco.
    More Details Hide Details Rita later adopted the surname of her first stepfather, Edward Moreno, Rosa Maria's second husband. Rita began her first dancing lessons soon after arriving in New York with a Spanish dancer known as "Paco Cansino", who was a paternal uncle of film star Rita Hayworth. When she was 11 years old, she lent her voice to Spanish language versions of American films. She had her first Broadway role—as "Angelina" in Skydrift—by the time she was 13, which caught the attention of Hollywood talent scouts. Moreno acted steadily in films throughout the 1950s, usually in small roles, including in The Toast of New Orleans (1950) and Singin' in the Rain (1952), in which she played the starlet "Zelda Zanders".
  • 1931
    Born
    Born on December 11, 1931.
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