Rita Moreno

Actor, Dancer, Singer
A much-loved star of the stage and screen, Rita Moreno achieved a rare feat in the entertainment industry by winning an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy Award throughout her illustrious career. From her early years ... Read more »
Born: 12/10/1931 in Puerto Rico

Filmography

Actor (140)

A Gift of Miracles 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Carlo's Wake 2014 (Movie)

Angela Torello (Actor)

Rio 2 2014 (Movie)

Aunt Mimi (Voice)

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks 2014 (Movie)

Ida Barksdale (Actor)

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Nicky Deuce 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1992 - 1995, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Happily Divorced 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hearts Afire 1992 - 1993, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1992 - 1994, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pioneers of Television 2011 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Bill Cosby: Mark Twain Prize 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

In Plain Sight 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2009 Alma Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Cane 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Movies Rock 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

George Lopez 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ugly Betty 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cop Shop 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wanted (TNT) 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Casa de Los Babys 2003 (Movie)

Senora Munoz (Actor)

My Big Fat Greek Life 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Open House 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Oz 1997 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Strong Medicine 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Guardian 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Handler 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

When I Was A Girl 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Rita Moreno 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Pinero 2001 (Movie)

Miguel's Mother (Actor)

Resurrection Blvd. 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Speak Truth to Power 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

5th Annual ALMA Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Moon 2000 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Carol Burnett 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

National Memorial Day Concert (1999) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Resurrection 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 ALMA Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ALMA Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan Alda: More Than Mr. Nice Guy 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 Hispanic Heritage Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic School Bus 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The Slums of Beverly Hills 1998 (Movie)

Belle (Actor)

The Spree 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? 1993 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Italian Movie 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Magic School Bus Family Holiday Special 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

First Time Out 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Yul Brynner: The Man Who Was King 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

A Woman's Health 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Angus 1995 (Movie)

Madame Rulenska (Actor)

Latin Nights: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best Defense 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

I Like It Like That 1994 (Movie)

Rosaria Linares (Actor)

Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Mysteries 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Capitol Fourth 1993 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Fiesta at Ford's 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Class of the 20th Century 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Championship Ballroom Dancing 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Top of the Heap 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Age Isn't Everything 1990 (Movie)

Seymour's Mother (Actor)

Grand Theft Hotel 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

High Rise 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Auntie Sue 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Blues For Buder 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Closed Set 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dancer's Touch 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ice Capades With Kirk Cameron 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Show 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rita 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

9 to 5 1981 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Blondes vs. Brunettes 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chemical People 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shape of Things 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Working 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Four Seasons 1981 (Movie)

Claudia Zimmer (Actor)

Happy Birthday, Gemini 1980 (Movie)

Lucille Pompi (Actor)

The Rockford Files 1974 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rita Moreno Show 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boss' Son 1977 (Movie)

Esther (Actor)

The Ritz 1976 (Movie)

Googie Gomez (Actor)

Dominic's Dream 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Electric Company 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Carnal Knowledge 1971 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

Popi 1969 (Movie)

Lupe (Actor)

The Night of the Following Day 1968 (Movie)

Vi (Actor)

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Samar 1961 (Movie)

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Summer and Smoke 1961 (Movie)

Rosa (Actor)

West Side Story 1961 (Movie)

Anita (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

This Rebel Breed 1959 (Movie)

Lola (Actor)

The Deerslayer 1957 (Movie)

Hetty (Actor)

The King and I 1956 (Movie)

Tuptim (Actor)

The Vagabond King 1956 (Movie)

Huguette (Actor)

Seven Cities of Gold 1955 (Movie)

Ula (Actor)

The Lieutenant Wore Skirts 1955 (Movie)

Sandra (Actor)

Untamed 1955 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

Garden of Evil 1954 (Movie)

Singer (Actor)

Jivaro 1954 (Movie)

Maroa (Actor)

The Yellow Tomahawk 1954 (Movie)

Honey Bear (Actor)

Latin Lovers 1953 (Movie)

Christina (Actor)

Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation 1953 (Movie)

Soubrette (Actor)

Jack London's Tales of Adventure 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Singin' in the Rain 1952 (Movie)

Zelda Zanders (Actor)

So Young, So Bad 1950 (Movie)

Dolores Guerrero (Actor)

Anatomy of a Seduction (TV Show)

Actor

Bonkers (TV Show)

Voice

Climax! (TV Show)

Actor

Evita Peron (TV Show)

Actor

Jane the Virgin (Tv Show)

Actor

Marlowe (Movie)

Dolores Gonzales (Actor)

Pagan Love Song (Movie)

Terru (Actor)

Plates (TV Show)

Actor

Portrait of a Showgirl (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Mysteries (TV Show)

Actor

The Toast of New Orleans (Movie)

Tina (Actor)

Welcome to the Family (Tv Show)

Actor

Wharf Rat (TV Show)

Actor

When It Was a Game III (TV Show)

Narrator
Music (1)

Rio 2 2014 (Movie)

("Beautiful Creatures") (Song Performer)

Biography

A much-loved star of the stage and screen, Rita Moreno achieved a rare feat in the entertainment industry by winning an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy Award throughout her illustrious career. From her early years in theater to the height of her film stardom, Moreno proved she was a force to be reckoned with, delivering scene-stealing performances in timeless classics such as "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), "The King and I" (1956), and "Carnal Knowledge" (1971). She also fell victim to blatant stereotyping in show business, often landing roles as a sexpot or foreigner in film and on television. Moreno challenged the system with her show-stopping performance in "West Side Story" (1961), one of the most loved film musicals of all time. The role earned Moreno an Academy Award in 1962, paving the way for Hispanic actors to land sizeable and profound roles, while also cementing the hardworking and multi-talented star's place as a shining legend of the stage and screen.

Relationships

Rosa Alverio

Mother
born c. 1917 divorced from Moreno's father died in October 1999

Marlon Brando Actor

Companion
had highly publicized multi-year on-again, off-again relationship from the 1950s to 1961

Cameron Fischer

Grandson
born c. 2000

Justin Fischer

Grandson
born on July 26, 1998

Leonard Gordon

Husband
Met in December 1964 married from June 18, 1965 until his death on June 30, 2010

Fernanda Gordon

Daughter
born c. 1967 co-starred with mother in "The Glass Menagerie" (1991 at Cherry County Playhouse, Michigan) married David T Fischer

Elvis Presley Song Performer

Companion
dated

Milestones

2001

Had co-starring role as the title character's mother in the biopic "Pinero"

1999

Made NYC cabaret debut at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel

1999

Reprised her Emmy-winning role in the TV-movie "The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds ... It Leads" (CBS)

1998

Had small role as Alan Arkin's wealthy sister-in-law in "Slums of Beverly Hills"

1997

Returned to series work as Sister Peter Marie Reimondo, the prison's psychological counselor, in the HBO drama "Oz"

1996

Played Norma Desmond in the London production of "Sunset Boulevard"

1996

Starred with Louis Zorich and Frank Whaley in the Off-Broadway show "The Size of the World"

1995

Appeared Off-Broadway in Anne Meara's comedy "After-Play"

1995

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1994

Portrayed Jon Seda's highly critical mother in "I Like It Like That", helmed by Darnell Martin

1994

Voiced the title character in the animated children's series "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?"

1991

Returned to feature films playing Jonathan Silverman's mother in "Age Isn't Everything/Life in the Food Chain"

1986

Filmed unsold pilot for own CBS sitcom, "Rita"

1985

Starred on Broadway in a female version of "The Odd Couple" (reworked by Neil Simon) opposite Sally Struthers

1983

Began appearing in a one-woman show, mixing singing, dancing and storytelling

1982

Received Emmy nod for her turn in the CBS movie "Portrait of a Showgirl"

1981

Appeared in the unsuccessful play "Wally's Cafe"

1981

Last film for a decade, "The Four Seasons"

1978

Starred in pilot for a proposed CBS sitcom, "The Rita Moreno Show"; show not picked up by the network

1977

Made Emmy-winning guest appearance on "The Muppet Show" (syndicated)

1977

Introduced the character of Rita Capkovic in an episode of NBC's "The Rockford Files"; first of four appearances over the next two years; received second Emmy Award for a 1978 guest appearance

1976

Reprised Googie Gomez in the film version of "The Ritz"

1975

Offered an hilarious, Tony-winning turn as entertainer Googie Gomez in Terrence McNally's "The Ritz"

1974

Earned first Emmy nomination for the variety special "Out to Lunch" (ABC)

1972

Received Grammy Award for contribution to the recording "The Electric Company"

1970

Co-starred in "Carnal Knowledge"

1970

Was a regular on the children's series "The Electric Company"

1969

Returned to the Broadway stage as Sharon Falconer in the short-lived musical "Gantry", based on the novel "Elmer Gantry"

1968

Played supporting role in "Marlowe", featuring James Garner

1968

Appeared opposite Alan Arkin in "Popi"

1964

London stage debut as Illona in "She Loves Me", directed by Harold Prince

1961

Won acclaim and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar playing the fiery Anita in the film version of "West Side Story"

1961

Attempted suicide when her multi-year affair with Marlon Brando ended

1956

Played Tuptim, one of the monarch's wives, in the fi lm adaptation of "The King and I"

1952

TV acting debut, "Saint and Senorita" on "Fireside Theater"

1952

Had bit part dancing a tango in the classic movie musical "Singin' in the Rain"

1950

Feature acting debut, "So Young, So Bad"

1944

Broadway debut at age 13 in "Skydrift"

1936

Made nightclub debut at age five (date approximate)

1935

With her mother, moved from Puerto Rico to NYC at age four; father and brother remained in Puerto Rico

Cast as Esmeralda in original production of Tennessee Williams' "Camino Real"; fired at the playwright's insistance

Had regular role as a ditsy landlady on "The Cosby Mysteries" (NBC)

Assumed role of Violet Newstead (played by Lily Tomlin in the film) for the ABC sitcom "9 to 5"; earned Emmy nomination

Joined MGM's starlet stable at age 17

Played regular role in a series of TV-movies for ABC starring Burt Reynolds as "B.L. Stryker"

Bonus Trivia

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Although the name Rosita Moreno appears in the credits for the films "The Scoundrel" (1935) and "A Medal For Benny" (1945) and some sources attribute these films to her, it is not Rita Moreno but another actress, Rosita Moreno, who appeared in Hollywood films from the 1930s on. Rita Moreno made her film debut in 1950 in "So Young, So Bad" (1950) as Rosita Moreno. She changed her name to Rita Moreno for her second film, "Toast of New Orleans" (1950).

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Moreno was one of 32 private citizens named by President Bill Clinton to serve on the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

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Moreno remains tightlipped about her relationship with Marlon Brando, the breakup of which led to a 1961 suicide attempt. As she told People (September 12, 1998): "I don't talk about him. We went together for [almost] 10 years. That's as much as I say."

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"I am Latin and know what it is to feel alone because you are different. When you are ignored, you lose your sense of identity. So I can be the Latin on television in 'The Electric Company', and my presence can tell a lot of children and some adults, 'We do exist, we have value.'" --Moreno quoted in InTheater, November 8, 1999.

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About the perils of her career, Moreno told Jan Breslauer in Los Angeles Times (November 21, 1996): "Now, not only being Hispanic but older really compounds the problems. Yes, I've had to spend a good deal of my life putting up with the whole business of the stereotype."

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About acting on stage: "I always get nervous ... What I love is the immediacy of a live performance. In concerts, of course, I can be much looser, because it can go almost any way I want. But there is something absolutely fabulous about interacting with wonderful actors on stage, and it all comes back so fast, it's amazing: 'Oh, that's what I have to do. I have to find my light.' You can't drop the ends of sentences in an ensemble piece." --Rita Moreno quoted in TheaterWeek December 25-31, 1995.

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