Rita Moreno

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Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno (1963)
Rosa Dolores Alverío

(1931-12-11) December 11, 1931 (age 92)
Occupation(s)Actress, singer, dancer
Years active1950–present
Spouse(s)Leonard Gordon (1965-2010; his death; 1 child)
Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004

Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rican dancer, singer and actress. She is one of the few performers who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Tony Award (an EGOT +Globe).[1] In 2014 she was honored with a Screen Actors Guild Award for lifetime achievement.[2] In 2019, she was honored with a career achievement Peabody award.

Personal life[change | change source]

Moreno had an eight-year-long affair with actor Marlon Brando when he was young.[3] She also dated Elvis Presley.

On June 18, 1965, Moreno married Leonard Gordon. Gordon was a cardiologist and also her manager. He died on June 30, 2010.

Filmography[change | change source]

Film[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1950 So Young So Bad Dolores Guererro as Rosita Moreno
1950 The Toast of New Orleans Tina
1950 Pagan Love Song Terru
1952 The Ring Lucy Gomez
1952 Singin' in the Rain Zelda Zanders
1952 The Fabulous Señorita Manuela Rodríguez
1952 Cattle Town Queli
1953 Fort Vengeance Bridget Fitzgibbon
1953 Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation Soubrette uncredited
1953 Latin Lovers Christina
1953 El Alaméin Jara
1954 Jivaro Maroa
1954 The Yellow Tomahawk Honey Bear
1954 Garden of Evil Cantina Singer
1955 Untamed Julia
1955 Seven Cities of Gold Ula
1956 The Lieutenant Wore Skirts Sandra Roberts
1956 The King and I Tuptim
1956 The Vagabond King Huguette
1957 The Deerslayer Hetty Hutter
1960 This Rebel Breed Lola Montalvo
1961 West Side Story Anita
1961 Summer and Smoke Rosa Zacharias
1963 Cry of Battle Sisa
1968 The Night of the Following Day Vi
1969 Popi Lupe
1969 Marlowe Dolores Gonzáles
1971 Carnal Knowledge Louise
1976 The Ritz Googie Gomez
1977 Voodoo Passion
1978 The Boss' Son Esther Rose
1980 Happy Birthday, Gemini Lucille Pompi
1981 The Four Seasons Claudia Zimmer
1991 Age Isn't Everything Rita
1993 Italian Movie Isabella
1994 I Like It Like That Rosaria Linares
1995 Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business Herself documentary
1995 Angus Madame Rulenska
1995 America: A Call to Greatness Herself docudrama
1998 Slums of Beverly Hills Belle Abromowitz Nominated — ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film in a Crossover Role
1999 Carlo's Wake Angela Torello
1999 The Puerto Ricans: Our American Story Herself documentary
2000 Blue Moon Maggie
2001 Piñero Miguel's Mother
2003 Casa de los Babys Señora Muñoz
2003 Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico Dona Dolores and Woman#3 voice
2003 Beyond Borders: John Sayles in Mexico Herself documentary
2004 King of the Corner Inez
2006 Play It By Ear Ruth
2013 Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks Ida Barksdale Currently filming
2014 Rio 2 TBA Currently filming

Television[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1958 Father Knows Best Chanthini Episode: Fair Exchange (24 November 1958)[4]
1971–77 The Electric Company Carmela
Otto The Director
Pandora the Little Girl, Millie the Helper
6 seasons and 780 episodes
1974 Dominic's Dream Anita Bente
1974 Out to Lunch Various Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music
1976 The Muppet Show Herself
  • Episode #1.5
  • Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music
1978 The Rockford Files Rita Capkovic
1979 Anatomy of a Seduction Nina
1979 The Muppets Go Hollywood Herself/Host Special
1981 Evita Perón Renata Riguel
1982–83 9 to 5 Violet Newstead
1982 Working Waitress
1982 Portrait of a Showgirl Rosella DeLeon Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1986 Golden Girls Renee Episode: "Empty Nest"
1987 The Cosby Show Mrs. Granger Episode: "You Only Hurt the One You Love"
1989–90 B.L. Stryker Kimberly Baskin 2 episodes
1994 The Nanny Miss Wickervich/Mrs. Stone Episode: "The Gym Teacher"
1994–98 Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? Carmen Sandiego voice
1994–95 The Cosby Mysteries Angie Corea 2 episodes
1995 The Wharf Rat Mom
1995 The Magic School Bus Dr. Camrina Skeledon Episode" "The Busasaurus"
1997–2003 Oz Sister Peter Marie Reimondo
  • 44 episodes
  • ALMA Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series (1998–99, 2002)
  • Nominated — ALMA Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series (2000–01)
1998 The Spree Irma Kelly
1999 Resurrection Mimi
2004 Copshop Mary Alice
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mildred Quintana Episode: "Night"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Mildred Quintana Episode: "Day"
2006–07 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Frances Goren 3 episodes: "Endgame"; "The War at Home" and "Brother's Keeper"
2007 George Lopez Luisa Diaz Episode: "George Testi-Lies for Benny"
2007 Ugly Betty Aunt Mirta Episode: "A Tree Grows in Guadalajara"
2007 Cane Amalia Duque 13 episodes
2010 In Plain Sight Rita Ramirez Episode: "Coma Chameleon"
2011 Special Agent Oso Abuela voice - Episode: "For Tamales with Love/Pinata Royale"
2011–present Happily Divorced Dori Newman
2013 Nicky Deuce Tutti TV Movie
2017-Prsent One Day at a time Lydia Alvarez

References[change | change source]

  1. Nicole Lyn Pesce; Joe Dziemianowicz and Margaret Eby (3 March 2014). "Oscars 2014: Bobby Lopez becomes youngest person to get an EGOT with Best Original Song win for 'Let It Go'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  2. Gettell, Oliver (January 18, 2014). "SAG Awards 2014: Rita Moreno receives lifetime achievement award". LA Times. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  3. "After Trying Hollywood, Brando and Suicide, Rita Moreno Has Settled Down". People. April 21, 1975. Archived from the original on May 18, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  4. "Father Knows Best, episode "Fair Exchange" (24 November 1958) at Internet Movie Database".

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