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Rita Moreno

 
Birth Place:
Humacao, Puerto Rico
Bio:
Moreno's career has spanned over 70 years; her notable acting 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 ... (read complete bio)
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Date of Birth: December 11, 1931 (90)

Birth Place: Humacao, Puerto Rico

Bio:
Moreno's career has spanned over 70 years; her notable acting 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 ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]
  [Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 1998
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1985
Olive Madison
  [Broadway]
1981
Louise
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1975
Googie Gomez
  [Broadway]
1974
Staff Nurse Norton
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1970
Sharon Falconer
  [Broadway]
1969
Elaine Navazio [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
1964
Iris Parodus Brustein
  [West End]
London Production, 1964
Performer
  [Broadway]
1945
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Concert [Off-Broadway], 1977
Ilona Ritter

Photos

Rachel Zegler and Rita Moreno  Photo

Rachel Zegler and Rita Moreno

From: 
Date:
12/08/2021
Ana Isabelle, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Casting Director Cindy Tolan, David Alvarez, Ariana  Photo

Ana Isabelle, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Casting Director Cindy Tolan, David Alvarez, Ariana DeBose, Choreographer Justin Peck, Ansel Elgort, Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, Rita Moreno, Choreographer Patricia Delgado, Director Steven Spielberg, Rachel Zegler, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek, Mike Faist, Josh Andrés Rivera, Walt Disney Company Executive Chairman Bob Iger, Maddie Ziegler, Disney Studios Content Chairman Alan Bergman, Producer Kristie Macosko Krieger, Disney Studios Content CCO Alan Horn and Producer Kevin McCollum

From: 
Date:
12/08/2021
Rita Moreno (second from L), Fernanda Luisa Gordon (second from R), and guests  Photo

Rita Moreno (second from L), Fernanda Luisa Gordon (second from R), and guests

From: 
Date:
12/08/2021
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 29: (L-R) Ansel Elgort, Corey Stoll, Rachel Zegler, Jos Photo

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 29: (L-R) Ansel Elgort, Corey Stoll, Rachel Zegler, Josh Andres Rivera, Steven Spielberg, Mike Faist, Rita Moreno, Brian d'Arcy James, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Kevin McCollum, Kristie Macosko Krieger, and Tony Kushner attend the New York premiere of West Side Story on November 29, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for 20th Century Studios)

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Date:
11/30/2021

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]

  [Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 1998
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1985
Olive Madison

  [Broadway]
1981
Louise

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1975
Googie Gomez

  [Broadway]
1974
Staff Nurse Norton

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1970
Sharon Falconer

  [Broadway]
1969
Elaine Navazio [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
1964
Iris Parodus Brustein

  [West End]
London Production, 1964
Performer

  [Broadway]
1945
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Concert [Off-Broadway], 1977
Ilona Ritter

Rita Moreno Biography

Moreno's career has spanned over 70 years; her notable acting 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.

As of 2020, she is currently portraying the role of the matriarch Lydia Margarita del Carmen Incl√°n Maribona Leyte-Vidal de Riera in the 2017 remake of One Day at a Time.

Moreno is one of the few artists to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. She is also one of 23 people who have achieved what is called the Triple Crown of Acting, with individual competitive Academy, Emmy and Tony awards for acting; she and Helen Hayes are the only two who have achieved both distinctions. She has won numerous other awards, including various lifetime achievement awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor. In 2015, she was awarded a Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award for her contribution to American culture, through performing arts. She was awarded the Peabody Career Achievement Award in 2019.

Rita Moreno Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1977 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical
Rita Moreno, She Loves Me
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1975 - Outstanding Actress - Play
Rita Moreno, The Ritz
 
Tony Awards - 1975 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Rita Moreno , The Ritz

Rita Moreno News

Nicholas Barrón and Kendall Becerra Win Top Prizes at the 2022 Jimmy Awards Photo Nicholas Barrón and Kendall Becerra Win Top Prizes at the 2022 Jimmy Awards
by Stephi Wild - Jun 28, 2022

The 2022 Jimmy¬ģ Award for Best Performance by an Actor was presented to Nicholas Barr√≥n representing Las Casas Foundation's Joci Awards. The 2022 Jimmy¬ģ Award for Best Performance by an Actress was presented to Kendall Becerra representing The Broadway San Diego Awards.

Cast & Creative Team Announced for HERE THERE ARE BLUEBERRIES World Premiere at La Jo Photo Cast & Creative Team Announced for HERE THERE ARE BLUEBERRIES World Premiere at La Jolla Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 27, 2022

 La Jolla Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of Here There Are Blueberries, by Tony Award nominee Moisés Kaufman (Playhouse’s 33 Variations) and Amanda Gronich, conceived and directed by Moisés Kaufman.

92 High School Students Announced as Nominees for the 2022 Jimmy Awards Photo 92 High School Students Announced as Nominees for the 2022 Jimmy Awards
by Team BWW - Jun 15, 2022

The Jimmy Awards have just announced this year’s 92 nominees, coming from 46 high school musical theatre awards competitions across the U.S. The show will feature dynamic ensemble and solo performances and will culminate with the presentation of a Best Performance by an Actress and Best Performance by an Actor award, as well as other honors and scholarships. Winners will be chosen by a panel of industry experts.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Selects Design Team For Stevens C Photo The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Selects Design Team For Stevens Center Renovation
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 9, 2022

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has announced the selection of the nationally recognized firms Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, based in Charlotte, and Steinberg Hart, based in Los Angeles, as the design team that will lead Phase One of a multiphase, comprehensive renovation of the historic Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem.

Geffen Playhouse Announces $25MM Endowment Campaign and Raises $1MM at Annual Fundrai Photo Geffen Playhouse Announces $25MM Endowment Campaign and Raises $1MM at Annual Fundraiser
by Stephi Wild - Jun 7, 2022

Geffen Playhouse celebrated its 25th Anniversary and raised $1 million for the theater’s education, community engagement and artistic initiatives at its signature Backstage at the Geffen annual fundraiser held June 4, it was announced today. 

Rita Moreno to Join Vin Diesel in FAST X Flim Photo Rita Moreno to Join Vin Diesel in FAST X Flim
by Michael Major - May 24, 2022

Rita Moreno has been confirmed to play Vin Diesel's grandmother in the upcoming Fast X film, the tenth installment in the Fast & Furious franchise. After campaigning for Moreno to join the film last summer, Diesel announced that the casting was official in a new video posted to his Instagram.

Dolly Parton Presents Dan Rather with Peabody Career Achievement Award Photo Dolly Parton Presents Dan Rather with Peabody Career Achievement Award
by Michael Major - May 17, 2022

Dan Rather, the award-winning journalist whose career has spanned six decades, has won the Peabody Career Achievement Award.  Dolly Parton presented Rather with the honor this morning via video. Rather, who has interviewed every president since Eisenhower, was the CBS national evening news anchor from 1981-2006.

Photos: Ellis Island Honors Society Hosts 35th Annual Awards Ceremony Photo Photos: Ellis Island Honors Society Hosts 35th Annual Awards Ceremony
by Marissa Tomeo - May 15, 2022

View photos as the Ellis Island Honors Society (EIHS) hosted the 35th Annual Ellis Island Medals of Honor ceremony, where 85 medalists were recognized for their leadership and service within their communities and professions while exemplifying the values of the American way of life. The black-tie gala was held in Ellis Island’s Great Hall, the original registry room and gateway for 12 million immigrants to the U.S.

VIDEO: Rita Moreno Reflects on Her Historic WEST SIDE STORY Oscar Win on TODAY Photo VIDEO: Rita Moreno Reflects on Her Historic WEST SIDE STORY Oscar Win on TODAY
by Michael Major - May 4, 2022

In a new clip from her upcoming interview with the TODAY Show's Hoda Kotb, Rita Moreno reflects on her historic Oscar win in West Side Story. Moreno made history in 1962 for being the first Latina to win an Oscar for her performance as Anita in the original film adaption of West Side Story. Watch the clip from the interview now!

Berkeley Rep's Ovation Gala Raises $500,000 Photo Berkeley Rep's Ovation Gala Raises $500,000
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 3, 2022

This past Friday evening, April 29, Bay Area arts supporters gathered at The Presidio Theatre in San Francisco to celebrate Berkeley Rep’s return to live theatre. The celebration raised $500,000 for the Theatre’s artistic and educational programming.

Rita Moreno Videos

VIDEO: Rita Moreno Reflects on Her Historic WEST SIDE STORY Oscar Win on TODAY VideoVIDEO: Rita Moreno Reflects on Her Historic WEST SIDE STORY Oscar Win on TODAY
by Michael Major - May 4, 2022

In a new clip from her upcoming interview with the TODAY Show's Hoda Kotb, Rita Moreno reflects on her historic Oscar win in West Side Story. Moreno made history in 1962 for being the first Latina to win an Oscar for her performance as Anita in the original film adaption of West Side Story. Watch the clip from the interview now!

VIDEO: Paul Tazewell Talks WEST SIDE STORY Costumes on TODAY VideoVIDEO: Paul Tazewell Talks WEST SIDE STORY Costumes on TODAY
by Michael Major - Mar 24, 2022

Paul Tazewell appeared on the TODAY Show this morning to discuss his Oscar-nominated costumes for West Side Story. Tazewell discussed the role that costumes played in the film, working with Steven Spielberg on staying true to the costumes from the original film, and more. Watch the new interview now!

VIDEO: Watch Ariana DeBose Perform 'America' in New WEST SIDE STORY Music Video VideoVIDEO: Watch Ariana DeBose Perform 'America' in New WEST SIDE STORY Music Video
by Michael Major - Mar 2, 2022

Disney has released a new music video of Academy Award-nominee Ariana DeBose perform 'America' as Anita in Steven Spielberg's award-winning, critically-acclaimed 'West Side Story'. The film also stars Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, Rita Moreno, David Alvarez, and more.

VIDEO: Ariana DeBose Discusses WEST SIDE STORY Oscar Nomination on THE VIEW VideoVIDEO: Ariana DeBose Discusses WEST SIDE STORY Oscar Nomination on THE VIEW
by Michael Major - Feb 21, 2022

Ariana DeBose appeared on The View this morning to discuss her Oscar-nominated performance in West Side Story. DeBose also discusses the advice she received from Rita Moreno, hosting Saturday Night Live, and where she was when she found out she was nominated for an Oscar. Watch the new interview now!

VIDEO: WEST SIDE STORY Cast Sings 'America' in Scoring Session Featurette VideoVIDEO: WEST SIDE STORY Cast Sings 'America' in Scoring Session Featurette
by Michael Major - Feb 1, 2022

A new West Side Story featurette has revealed a look inside a scoring session for the film, featuring Ariana DeBose and the cast of the film singing 'America.' The the new video also features appearances from Rita Moreno, Steven Spielberg, Rachel Zegler, David Alvarez, and more. Watch the new featurette now!

VIDEO: Rachel Zegler & Andrew Garfield Interview Each Other for Variety's Actors on A VideoVIDEO: Rachel Zegler & Andrew Garfield Interview Each Other for Variety's Actors on Actors Series
by Michael Major - Jan 31, 2022

On the latest episode of Variety's Actors on Actors series, Rachel Zegler and Andrew Garfield sat down to discuss their performances in West Side Story and tick, tick...BOOM! The pair also discussed Garfield's appearace in the recent Spider-Man film, Zegler being cast as Snow White in Disney's upcoming remake, their beginnings in theatre, and more.

VIDEO: Watch a Costume Featurette From WEST SIDE STORY Featuring Paul Tazewell VideoVIDEO: Watch a Costume Featurette From WEST SIDE STORY Featuring Paul Tazewell
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 20, 2022

A Costume Featurette from¬†Steven Spielberg‚Äôs ‚ÄúWest Side Story‚Ä̬†featuring 2022 Critics Choice Nominee and Tony Award¬ģ¬†and Emmy Award¬ģ¬†winning costume designer,¬†Paul Tazewell,¬†has been released.

VIDEO: Ariana DeBose Talks Going from Broadway to WEST SIDE STORY on THE DAILY SHOW VideoVIDEO: Ariana DeBose Talks Going from Broadway to WEST SIDE STORY on THE DAILY SHOW
by Michael Major - Jan 20, 2022

Ariana DeBose sat down with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show to discuss¬†her role as Anita in ‚ÄúWest Side Story,‚ÄĚ the many ways she relates to the character, and what it was like working with Steven Spielberg and Rita Moreno, the first Latina to win an Oscar in the original film.

VIDEO: Tony Kushner Talks WEST SIDE STORY, Working With Steven Spielberg, and More VideoVIDEO: Tony Kushner Talks WEST SIDE STORY, Working With Steven Spielberg, and More
by Stephi Wild - Jan 12, 2022

Tony Kushner recently chatted with Gold Derby editor Christopher Rosen about the film adaptation of West Side Story in an all new interview.

VIDEO: Steven Spielberg & Janusz KamiŇĄski Discuss WEST SIDE STORY Cinematography VideoVIDEO: Steven Spielberg & Janusz KamiŇĄski Discuss WEST SIDE STORY Cinematography
by Michael Major - Dec 28, 2021

Steven Spielberg and¬†Janusz KamiŇĄski go behind the scenes of West Side Story, discussing the film's award-winning cinematography.¬†West Side Story recently won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography. The video features behind-the-scenes looks at 'America,' 'The Rumble,' 'Maria,' and 'Tonight.'


Rita Moreno Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Rita Moreno been in?
Rita Moreno has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

How many West End shows has Rita Moreno been in?
Rita Moreno has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Rita Moreno's first West End show?
Rita Moreno's first West End show was She Loves Me which opened in 1964

What awards has Rita Moreno been nominated for?
Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for She Loves Me Outstanding Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Ritz and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Ritz .