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Birth information

11 December 1931 Humacao, Puerto Rico

Given Name

Rosita Dolores Alverio

How tall is Rita Moreno?

1.59 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Dr. Leonard Isadore Gordon

Life Story of Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno is one of the very few performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, thus becoming an EGOT. She was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in the hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico on December 11, 1931 (but raised in nearby, smaller Juncos, which had no hospital), to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) and farmer Francisco José "Paco" Alverío. Her mother moved to New York City in 1937, taking Rita with her while leaving her reportedly unfaithful husband and Rita's younger brother behind. Rita's professional career began before she reached adolescence.

At age 11, she landed her first movie experience, dubbing Spanish-language versions of US films. Less than a month before her 14th birthday on November 22, 1945, she made her Broadway debut in the play "Skydrift" at the Belasco Theatre, costarring with Arthur Keegan and a young Eli Wallach. Although she would not appear again on Broadway for almost two decades, Rita Moreno, as she was billed in the play, had arrived professionally.

The cover of the March 1, 1954, edition of "Life Magazine" featured a three-quarters, over-the-left-shoulder profile of the young Puerto Rican actress/entertainer with...

Publications and Magazines about Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno Rita Moreno: A Memoir. 2013

What movies did Rita Moreno play or participate?

Producers Filmography
West Side Story (2020) ,
Actors Filmography
West Side Story (2020) Valentina, Jane the Virgin (2019) Liliana De La Vega, Bless This Mess (2019) Theresa, One Day at a Time (2019) Lydia Riera, Carmen Sandiego (2019) Cookie Booker, Elena of Avalor (2018) Queen Camila, Torch (2018) Aunt Francine, Nina's World (2018) Abuelita, Grace and Frankie (2016) Lucy Chambers, Grey's Anatomy (2016) Gayle McColl, Remember Me (2016) Nanna / Gloria Sachs, Getting On (2015) Sister Lily Claire, Ein wundervolles Geschenk (2015) Beverly, Old Soul (2014) Rita,...

Birth information

11 December 1931 Humacao, Puerto Rico

Given Name

Rosita Dolores Alverio

How tall is Rita Moreno?

1.59 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Dr. Leonard Isadore Gordon

Life Story of Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno is one of the very few performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, thus becoming an EGOT. She was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in the hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico on December 11, 1931 (but raised in nearby, smaller Juncos, which had no hospital), to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) and farmer Francisco José "Paco" Alverío. Her mother moved to New York City in 1937, taking Rita with her while leaving her reportedly unfaithful husband and Rita's younger brother behind. Rita's professional career began before she reached adolescence.

At age 11, she landed her first movie experience, dubbing Spanish-language versions of US films. Less than a month before her 14th birthday on November 22, 1945, she made her Broadway debut in the play "Skydrift" at the Belasco Theatre, costarring with Arthur Keegan and a young Eli Wallach. Although she would not appear again on Broadway for almost two decades, Rita Moreno, as she was billed in the play, had arrived professionally.

The cover of the March 1, 1954, edition of "Life Magazine" featured a three-quarters, over-the-left-shoulder profile of the young Puerto Rican actress/entertainer with...

Publications and Magazines about Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno Rita Moreno: A Memoir. 2013

What movies did Rita Moreno play or participate?

Producers Filmography
West Side Story (2020) ,
Actors Filmography
West Side Story (2020) Valentina, Jane the Virgin (2019) Liliana De La Vega, Bless This Mess (2019) Theresa, One Day at a Time (2019) Lydia Riera, Carmen Sandiego (2019) Cookie Booker, Elena of Avalor (2018) Queen Camila, Torch (2018) Aunt Francine, Nina's World (2018) Abuelita, Grace and Frankie (2016) Lucy Chambers, Grey's Anatomy (2016) Gayle McColl, Remember Me (2016) Nanna / Gloria Sachs, Getting On (2015) Sister Lily Claire, Ein wundervolles Geschenk (2015) Beverly, Old Soul (2014) Rita,...

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Cites Citizen Kane (1941) as her all-time favorite film.

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Is one of the only 15 "EGOT"s, i.e. actors who [have] won, competitively, at least one of each of the four major entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. The other "EGOT"s, in chronological order, are Richard Rodgers, Helen Hayes, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Tim Rice. Moreno once held the record to win all four EGOT awards (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) in the shortest amount of time, within a 16-year time frame -- the Oscar in 1962, the Grammy in 1972, the Tony in 1975 and her first of two Emmys in 1977. This record was broken by Robert Lopez in 2014, when he won an Oscar to complete his EGOT. He achieved the feat in a 10-year time frame.

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Appeared in the pilot for the sitcom Empty Nest (1988), which was an episode of The Golden Girls (1985). The premise was changed in the final version of Empty Nest (1988), in which she did not appear.

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When her star was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she fell on top of it, openly and uncontrollably weeping. She later commented, "I had been dreaming of this day since I was six!".

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In June 2004 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush.

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During the first season (episode 19) of The Electric Company (1971), she was in a sketch in which she shouted "Hey, you guys!" repeatedly. It became so popular with the show's producers that they decided to use it as the catchphrase in their opening, starting with season two.

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In 1977, she became the ninth performer to win the Triple Crown of Acting: (Oscar: Best Supporting Actress in West Side Story (1961), Tony, Best Featured Actress, The Ritz (1975) and Emmy 1977 (The Muppet Show (1976)) and 1978 (The Rockford Files (1974)).

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When filming her final scene in West Side Story (1961) in which her character "Anita" is harassed and nearly raped by New York street gang members "the Jets", she was reduced to tears, as it brought flashbacks of similar real-life childhood experiences. When she broke down, the other actors in the scene immediately stopped to comfort her and help her get through the scene. The sequence sets up a critical plot element and is essential to the story.

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Moreno's late husband, Dr. Leonard Gordon, was an internist and cardiologist. The couple had one child, Fernanda Luisa Gordon (aka Fernanda Gordon), who was delivered via an emergency Caesarean section. A successful jewelry designer, Fernanda founded Nandiz Design. She is married to David Fisher and they have two children, Justin Gordon Fisher (born 2002) and Cameron David Fisher (born 2004).

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She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts on February 25, 2010 at the White House in Washington D.C. for her services and contributions to the arts.

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Is one of 17 actresses to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, Emmy and Tony); the others--in chronological order--are Helen Hayes, Ingrid Bergman, Shirley Booth, Liza Minnelli, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Audrey Hepburn, Anne Bancroft, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, Ellen Burstyn, Helen Mirren, Frances McDormand, Jessica Lange, Viola Davis and Glenda Jackson.

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Was the first Hispanic woman to win an Oscar when she won for West Side Story (1961). However, she was not the first Hispanic entertainer to win an Oscar. That was fellow Puerto Rican José Ferrer for Cyrano de Bergerac (1950).

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Was dancing professionally in a Greenwich Village nightclub at age 9, as arranged by her dance teacher, Rita Hayworth's uncle.

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In her memoir she describes how stunned she was when a handsome stranger, with his wife on his arm, very brazenly flirted with her. It was the 1950s and the man was then-Sen. John F. Kennedy. Moreno also described her disappointment about one-time lover Elvis Presley being much more like "a baby brother" than a stud.

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She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on July 20, 2005.

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Was the 54th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for West Side Story (1961) at The 34th Annual Academy Awards (1962) on April 9, 1962.

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As of April 2002 was living in Berkeley, CA.

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Is one of 27 actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination for their performance in a musical; hers being West Side Story (1961). The others, in chronological order, are: Bessie Love (The Broadway Melody (1929)), Grace Moore (One Night of Love (1934)), Jean Hagen (Singin' in the Rain (1952)), Marjorie Rambeau (Torch Song (1953)), Dorothy Dandridge (Carmen Jones (1954)), Deborah Kerr (The King and I (1956)), Gladys Cooper (My Fair Lady (1964)), Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins (1964), The Sound of Music (1965) and Victor Victoria (1982)), Debbie Reynolds (The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)), Peggy Wood (The Sound of Music (1965)), Carol Channing (Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)), Kay Medford (Funny Girl (1968)), Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl (1968)), Liza Minnelli (Cabaret (1972)), Ronee Blakley (Nashville (1975)), Lily Tomlin (Nashville (1975)), Ann-Margret (Tommy (1975)), Lesley Ann Warren (Victor Victoria (1982)), Amy Irving (Yentl (1983)), Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge! (2001)), Queen Latifah (Chicago (2002)), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago (2002)), Renée Zellweger (Chicago (2002)), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls (2006)), Penélope Cruz (Nine (2009)), Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables (2012)), Meryl Streep (Into the Woods (2014)) and Emma Stone (La La Land (2016)).

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Is one of 13 actresses who won their Best Supporting Actress Oscars in a movie that also won the Best Picture Oscar (she won for West Side Story (1961)). The others are Hattie McDaniel for Gone with the Wind (1939), Teresa Wright for Mrs. Miniver (1942), Celeste Holm for Gentleman's Agreement (1947), Mercedes McCambridge for All the King's Men (1949), Donna Reed for From Here to Eternity (1953), Eva Marie Saint for On the Waterfront (1954), Meryl Streep for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Juliette Binoche for The English Patient (1996), Judi Dench for Shakespeare in Love (1998), Jennifer Connelly for A Beautiful Mind (2001), Catherine Zeta-Jones for Chicago (2002) and Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave (2013).

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Was one of the 2015 Kennedy Center honorees.

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Following Debbie Reynolds's death in December 2016, Moreno is the last surviving main cast member of Singin' in the Rain (1952).

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Is one of 8 actresses to have won an Academy Award for their performance in a musical. The others in chronological order are: Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson and Emma Stone.

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Acting mentor and friends of: Harold Perrineau and Dean Winters.

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Best known by the television-viewing public for her starring role as Sister Peter Marie Reimondo in Oz (1997).

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Friends with Morgan Freeman.

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Became pregnant as result of an affair with Marlon Brando in 1961, but she underwent an abortion.

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She is a staunch liberal Democrat.

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On August 10, 2019, she was honored with a day of her film work during the Turner Classic Movies Summer Under the Stars.

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