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Rita Moreno

Birth Place: Humacao, Puerto Rico

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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 Inclán 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 Photos


Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]

[Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 1998

Broadway Revival, 1985
Olive Madison


Original Broadway Production, 1975
Googie Gomez

Staff Nurse Norton

Original Broadway Production, 1970
Sharon Falconer

Elaine Navazio [Replacement]

Iris Parodus Brustein

[West End]
London Production, 1964


Concert [Off-Broadway], 1977
Ilona Ritter

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 Videos

Rita Moreno News

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation Launches Legacy Collection, New Historical Video Series

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is launching its Legacy Collection today, offering a comprehensive archive of interviews and materials celebrating the contributions of actors and performers in the entertainment industry. Learn more!
Photos: Rita Moreno Surprises Ariana DeBose at Concert in Napa Valley

Broadway & Vine recently kicked off its 2024 season with Academy Award® Winner Ariana DeBose at Carneros Resort’s Vineyard Lawn in Napa Valley, where she was surprised by Rita Moreno. Check out photos here!
Jane Lynch's A SWINGIN' LITTLE CHRISTMAS to Play Steppenwolf Theatre in December

Classic holiday tunes come to life as Steppenwolf Theatre presents Jane Lynch’s A SWINGIN’ LITTLE CHRISTMAS. Learn more and see how to purchase tickets.
Broadway Streaming Guide: July 2024 - Where to Watch DESCENDANTS: THE RISE OF RED & More

This July, Broadway fans can beat the heat with a new installment in the beloved Descendants franchise, watch a documentary about stage and screen actress Faye Dunaway, or revisit old favorite musical films such as West Side Story and The Wiz.
Emily Blunt in Talks to Star in Next Film From Steven Spielberg

Emily Blunt, who was recently nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Oppenheimer, may be appearing in the next film from prolific director Steven Spielberg. If cast, Blunt is said to be playing one of two leads. This will be the first time she works with the director.
Review: HEAD OVER HEELS at Albuquerque Little Theatre

Head Over Heels is a jukebox musical with music and lyrics from the catalog of 1980s girl band The Go-Go’s. With a book by Jeff Whitty, adapted by James Magruder, the plot is derived from the 16th century play The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney. Head Over Heels opened on Broadway in 2018 and ran for six months. It is currently running through June 16 at Albuquerque Little Theatre in Albuquerque, NM.
Fourth Annual Academy Museum Gala to Honor Rita Moreno, Paul Mescal and Quentin Tarantino

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has announced details of its annual fundraising gala, to be held on October 19, 2024. The Academy Museum Gala will celebrate the acclaimed museum’s third anniversary and will honor Academy Award-nominated actor Paul Mescal; Academy Award-winning actress, singer, and dancer Rita Moreno; and two-time Academy Award-winning and six-time Academy Award-nominated writer and director Quentin Tarantino.
Ford's Theatre Annual Gala Celebrates President Lincoln's Legacy With Performances & More

Ford's Theatre Society celebrated the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln at its Annual Gala on Sunday evening, June 9, 2024, at Ford's Theatre. Learn more about the event.
Drama Book Shop Will Host Signing and Talkback Event For 'The Tony Awards: A Celebration of Excellence in Theatre'

The Drama Book Shop will host an event in conjunction with the release of the book, 'The Tony Awards: A Celebration of Excellence in Theatre'. The event will feature Eila Mell and Heather A. Hitchens, and will include a talkback, signing, and live podcast recording.
Tyne Daly to Appear at Terrence McNally Documentary Screening This Month

Theatre West will screen the Emmy-nominated documentary EVERY ACT OF LIFE about Terrence McNally on June 23, 2024, followed by a discussion with director Jeff Kaufman, producer Marcia Ross, and Tyne Daly.

Physical media collectors can now get their hands on My Favorite Things, the 80th-anniversary concert celebrating the partnership of renowned composer and lyricist Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. Directed for the screen by five-time BAFTA®  winner Julia Knowles, the event included iconic songs from The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Oklahoma!, and more, performed by stars of the stage and screen.
Ektor River Cast in New Hallmark Series THE CHICKEN SISTERS

Ektor River, who made his Broadway debut as Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet!, has been cast in The Chicken Sisters, a new Hallmark series based on the novel by KJ Dell’Antonia. Other cast members include Schuyler Fisk, Genevieve Angelson, Lea Thompson, and Wendie Malick.
PROUD OUT LOUD Comes to Theatre West in June

For its Third Annual Proud Out Loud celebration, Theatre West will present a weekend of programming honoring the achievements of five-time Tony Award winning playwright and librettist Terrence McNally (1938-2020).
Billy Porter Will Embark on UK Solo Tour THE BLACK MONA LISA

GRAMMY, EMMY and 3x Tony Award winner Billy Porter will bring his brand new show on UK tour, titled THE BLACK MONA LISA.
Video: Watch Patrick Wilson Sing 'Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' from Rodgers & Hammerstein Concert

In December of 2023, Broadway luminaries gathered together to celebrate the historic partnership and songs of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, 80 years after the premiere of their first musical, Oklahoma! Ahead of the PBS premiere on May 31, check out a clip from the concert of Patrick Wilson performing the classic Oklahoma! opening number Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin.'
Steven Spielberg to Release 'Event Film' in 2026

Universal and Amblin Entertainment have announced the release date for the next film from the prolific director Steven Spielberg. Said to be an 'event film,' Spielberg's movie will released theatrically on May 15, 2026. The film will be based on a story from Spielberg, with a screenplay written by David Koepp, who has penned several Spielberg films in the past.

The star-studded My Favorite Things: The Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert will be broadcast on Sky Arts on Sunday, 26 May 2024 at 6 p.m.
Nick Ziobro to Present WITHOUT A SONG at Chelsea Table + Stage

Nick Ziobro will debut his new show WITHOUT A SONG at Chelsea Table + Stage in June, featuring an all-star band led by Tedd Firth. Learn how to purchase tickets.
The Rita Moreno Awards Announces 2024 Nominees

The Rita Moreno Awards reveals its 2024 nominees, celebrating outstanding achievements in high school musical theatre. Discover who made the list and the exciting talent recognized this year.
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton To Be Honored at STILL WORKING 9 TO 5 Hollywood Premiere

ERA Coalition Forward has announced the Hollywood premiere of the award-winning documentary 'Still Working 9 to 5' by filmmakers Camille Hardman and Gary Lane in honor of women's equality trailblazers Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dolly Parton. The gala event will take place in Hollywood on Wednesday, May 29th, 2024, at the prestigious Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center, Renberg Theatre.


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?

Rita Moreno has been nominated for several awards, including Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "She Loves Me," Outstanding Actress - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Ritz," and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "The Ritz."

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