Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn made their mark on Hollywood history by cementing their prints outside the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, where the film debuted in 1961.
Moreno, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her turn as Anita in the iconic movie, took time out to pay tribute to the film’s lasting legacy and its lead actress Natalie Wood, who died in 1981.
She tells reporters, “There are a lot of films 50 years old. But there are, as far as I know, very few, if any, films that are still playing somewhere on TV, in theaters all over the world. That is what is astonishing. I am just thrilled. I wish Natalie were here. I think that would really complete the quartet.”
Chakiris and Tamblyn played rival gang leaders of the Sharks and the Jets.