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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.

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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

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All new photos have been released from opening night of Tripping on Life at Theatre Row. Check out the photos here!

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Emmy-winner Lin Shaye’s award-winning solo show,  Tripping on Life, offers RUSH tickets for only $22 exclusively sold on the TodayTix app. Learn more about how to get discounted tickets to Tripping on Life here!

Rachel Zegler Featured in the 2023 Time100 Next List; Rita Moreno Comments

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The Hispanic Organization of Latino Actors Reveals HOLA Awards Nominees

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Rita Moreno has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

Rita Moreno has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

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

Rita Moreno has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for her performance in "She Loves Me." Additionally, she received a nomination for Outstanding Actress - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for her role in "The Ritz." Moreno was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for her performance in "The Ritz."

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