Rita Moreno Fast Facts

Here’s a look at the life of award-winning actress, singer and dancer Rita Moreno.


Birth date: diciembre 11, 1931
Birth place: Humacao, Puerto Rico; raised in New York, Nueva York
    Birth name: Rosita Dolores Alverio
    Father: Paco Alverio, a farmer
    Mother: Rosa Maria Alverio, a garment worker
    Marriage: Leonard Gordon (June 18, 1965-June 30, 2010, his death)
    Children: Fernanda Luisa (October 28, 1966)

    Other Facts

    Her parents divorced, and she and her mother moved to New York. Her mother later remarried Edward Moreno.
    First began speaking English when she entered elementary school.
    She was the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award. She also has six Emmy nominations and two wins, a Grammy y un Tony.
    She is one of an elite few known as EGOT winners. They have all won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
    Believing Judy Garland would win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar forJudgment at Nuremberg,” Moreno did not prepare a speech. Upon winning for her role inWest Side Story,” ella dijo, “I can’t believe it! Good Lord! I leave you with that.
    Her late husband, Leonard Gordon, was also her manager and a retired cardiologist.


    1935 – Moves to New York from Puerto Rico with her mother.
    noviembre 13-17, 1945 – Broadway debut in the playSkydrift.
    1949 – Moreno is offered a seven-year contract with MGM by studio head, Louis B. Mayer.
    Mayo 20, 1950 – Film debut, as Rosita Moreno, “So Young So Bad,” is released.
    1961 – Attempts suicide with an overdose of sleeping pills in the home of then-boyfriend Marlon Brando.
    1962 – Wins the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress forWest Side Story.
    1972 – Wins a Grammy Award, con Bill Cosby, for Best Recording for Children forThe Electric Company.
    1975 – Wins a Tony Award for Best Actress, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic) por “The Ritz.
    1977 – Wins an Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music for “El Show de los Muppets,” and becomes an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) ganador.
    1978 – Wins an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series forThe Rockford Files.
    July 20, 1995 – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce presents Moreno with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame a 7080 Hollywood Blvd.
    June 23, 2004 – Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President George W. arbusto.
    febrero 25, 2010 – President Barack Obama presents her with the 2009 National Arts Medal at a White House ceremony.
    2011 – Tours the country in her one-woman showLife without Makeup.
    January 20, 2013 – Honoring Latino culture and art and President Obama’s second term, she appears with Chita Rivera, Eva Longoria and many others at the Latino Inaugural 2013; In Performance at the Kennedy Center.
    marzo 5, 2013 – Her autobiography, “Rita Moreno: A Memoir,” is published.
    January 18, 2014 Is presented with the Screen Actor’s Guild Life Achievement Award.
    diciembre 6, 2015 – Is a Kennedy Center Honors recipient.
      noviembre 27, 2018 – It is announced that Moreno will join the cast de Steven Spielberg’s remake of the filmWest Side Story.
      July 29, 2019 – PBS announces that a documentary titledRita Moreno: The Girl Who Decided to Go For It,” will air as part of the PBS American Masters series in 2020.




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