RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT

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About

Over a 70+ year career, Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing and relentless racism to become a celebrated and beloved actor, one of the rare EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) Award Winners of our time. Born into poverty on a Puerto Rican farm, Moreno and her seamstress mother immigrated to New York City when Moreno was five years old. After studying dance and performing on Broadway, Moreno was cast as any ethnic minority the Hollywood studios needed filled, be it Polynesian, Native American or Egyptian. Despite becoming the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award for her role as Anita in “West Side Story” (1961), the studios continued to offer Moreno lesser roles as stereotypical ethnic minorities, ignoring her proven talent.

Directed By

Mariem Pérez Riera

Cast

Rita Moreno, Morgan Freeman, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Eva Longoria, Hector Elizondo, Justina Machado, Gloria Estefan, George Chakiris

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