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Who is Rita Moreno?

Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rico-born American actress, dancer, and singer. Known for her notable work across different areas of the entertainment industry, she has appeared in numerous film, television, and theater projects throughout her extensive career spanning over 70 years.

Her vast work includes supporting roles in the musical films Singin’ in the Rain (1952), The King and I (1956), and West Side Story (1961), as well as a 1971 to 1977 stint on the children’s television series The Electric Company, and a supporting role as Sister Peter Marie Reimondo on the HBO series Oz from 1997 to 2003.

Her other notable films include Popi (1969), Carnal Knowledge (1971), The Four Seasons (1981), I Like It Like That (1994), and the cult film Slums of Beverly Hills (1998). She voiced the titular role of Carmen Sandiego in Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? from 1994 to 1999. For theater, she is best known for her role as Googie Gomez in The Ritz.

Rita Moreno Biography, Wiki

Moreno was born Rosa Dolores Alverio on December 11, 1932, in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Her mother, Rosa Maria Marcano, married Paco Alverio, a small independent farmer when she was just a teenager, but the marriage ended in divorce.

In the 1930s the pressures of the Depression and the side effects of the island’s rapid industrialization forced Rosa to look toward the United States for sustenance. She left home to work as a seamstress in New York City, leaving young Moreno in the care of relatives. A year later, five-year-old Moreno joined her mother.

The following year she began taking dance lessons, and it wasn’t long before she was performing in the children’s theater at Macy’s Department Store and at weddings and bar mitzvahs. At age 13, she had her Broadway debut in the role of Angelina in Harry Kleiner’s Skydrift and dropped out of school a year later to concentrate on her show business career.

Then, in the true Hollywood tradition, a talent scout arranged a meeting for Moreno with Louis B. Mayer and she signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1949 at the age of seventeen. Moreno, now using the surname of her stepfather Edward Moreno, shortened her nickname Rosita to “Rita” at the request of MGM.

Rita Moreno Biography Wikipedia
Rita Moreno
BornRosa Dolores Alverío
December 11, 1931 (age 89)
Humacao, Puerto Rico
OccupationActress, singer, dancer
Years active1943–present
Spouse(s)Leonard Gordon​​(m. 1965; died 2010)​
Children1

Rita Moreno Career

Rita Moreno’s versatility as a performer has led to decades of success on stage, screen, and television. She is the only female entertainer to have won all four of the most prestigious show business awards: the Oscar for the role of Anita in the 1962 film West Side Story, the Tony for the role of Googie Gomez in the 1975 production of The Ritz, Emmy awards in 1977 and 1978 for appearances on The Muppet Show and The Rockford Files, and a Grammy for her 1972 performance on The Electric Company Album. 

She has also received dozens of other show business awards, most notably, The Golden Globe Award and the Joseph Jefferson Award as best actress in Chicago’s theatrical season in 1968 for her performance as Serafina in The Rose Tattoo. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995.

Along the way, Puerto Rican-born Moreno has become a trailblazer and inspiration for aspiring Latino actors. Until she achieved acclaim for her performance in West Side Story, Moreno was plagued with roles that propagated ethnic stereotypes, including “Latin Spit-fire” roles in such forgettable films as Jivaro, (1954) and Seven Cities of Gold (1955).

After winning the Oscar she became one of a few Latinos to achieve international acclaim. That has changed with the success of performers such as Rosie Perez, Sonia Braga, and Elizabeth Pena.

“The first time I met Rosie Perez, she started to cry,” Moreno told the Times Union Albany. “I can’t tell you how surprising and moving it is, and how astonished I am that I meant that much to my colleagues of Hispanic descent.”

Rita Moreno Personal Life

From the mid-1950s to the early 1960s, Moreno was in an eight-year on-and-off relationship with Marlon Brando.

Rita Mareno with Marlon Brando
Rita Mareno with Marlon Brando

In 1965, Moreno married cardiologist and internist Leonard Gordon, who became her manager after he retired from medicine. In 1995, she relocated to Berkeley, California. 

They remained together until his death in 2010. Moreno and Gordon have one daughter, Fernanda Gordon Fisher, and two grandsons. Moreno said she once considered leaving her husband, but did not to avoid breaking up the family.

Rita Moreno Awards

  • 1983Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominated
  • 1983Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Nominated
  • 1982Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special: Nominated
  • 1979Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominated
  • 1977Emmy-Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music: Winner
  • 1977BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress: Nominated
  • 1977Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Nominated
  • 1975Emmy-Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music: Nominated
  • 1962Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1961Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner

Rita Mareno FAQ’s

Who is Rita Mareno?

Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rico-born American actress, dancer, and singer. Known for her notable work across different areas of the entertainment industry, she has appeared in numerous film, television, and theater projects throughout her extensive career spanning over 70 years.

How old is Rita Mareno?

Rita Mareno is currently 90 years old.

Who was Rita Mareno’s husband?

In 1965, Moreno married cardiologist and internist Leonard Gordon, who became her manager after he retired from medicine. In 1995, she relocated to Berkeley, California. 

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