Rita Moreno

 

Date Of Birth

December 11, 1931
 

Biography

Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno is one of the few performers who hold the distinction of having won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy. Born on December 11, 1931 in Humacao, Puerto Rico, she moved with her mother to New York City at age 5. She began by providing her voice to Spanish redubs of American films, and later got her first Broadway role through the play Skydrift. She caught the attention of Hollywood agents, who gave her several small film roles, notably a silent screen vamp in Singin’ in the Rain. She did not like most of the work she received during the time, either.

Moreno gained critical acclaim for her work in West Side Story, the film adaptation of the groundbreaking Broadway musical. Her portrayal of Anita, the friend of siblings Maria (Natalie Wood) and Bernardo (George Chakiris), earned her an Oscar for best supporting actress. She won the first of two Emmys in 1977, for her work in the variety program The Muppet Show. Her second Emmy, coming a year later, was for her guest role in the detective series The Rockford Files.

Her work in the children’s series The Electric Company is also notable. She is known Millie the Helper, an eager trainee who tries out various professions. Her character’s catchphrase, “Hey, you guys!” was later used to mark the introduction of each show. She won a Grammy for her work on the show’s spin-off album. In 1975, her portrayal of third-rate performer Googie Gomez earned her a Drama Desk Award nomination, and a Tony Award for best feature actress.

Despite her early haul of acclaim, Moreno continued work in all fields of performance. She provided the voice of bandit Carmen Sandiego in the edutainment series Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? She introduced herself to a new generation of audiences with her portrayal of psychologist nun Sister Pete in the acclaimed prison drama Oz. She most recently starred in the drama series Cane, as the family matriarch Amalia Duque. In honor of her many accomplishments, she was awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has since appeared on several shows like Law & Order: Trial by Jury and George Lopez. In 2011, she was cast as Dori on Happily Divorced with Fran Drescher. The two of them starred in The Nanny in the past, and have since decided on working together again.
 

Place of Birth

Humacao, Puerto Rico
 

Birth Name

Rosita Dolores Alverio
 

Gender

Female
 

Fun Facts

- She married Dr. Lenny Gordon on June 18, 1965. He died in 2010. They had one child together - Fernanda Luisa Gordon, who became a famous jewelry designer.

- She is a spokesperson for osteoporosis awareness and is the recipient of an award from the National Osteoporosis Foundation, in recognition of her work.

 

Awards

2002: ALMA Awards - Outstanding Actress in a Television Series for: "Oz"
2000: Wine Country Film Festival - Lifetime Achievement Award
1999: ALMA Awards - Outstanding Actress in a Television Series for: "Oz"
1998: ALMA Awards - Outstanding Actress in a Television Series for: "Oz"
1998: ALMA Awards - Lifetime Achievement Award
1997: Nosotros Golden Eagle Awards - Lifetime Achievement Award
1995: Walk of Fame - Star on the Walk of Fame - Motion Picture
1994: Retirement Research Foundation - Special Achievement Award
1978: Emmy Awards - Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series for: "The Rockford Files"
1977: Emmy Awards - Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music for: "The Muppet Show"
1962: Academy Awards - Oscar - Best Actress in a Supporting Role for: West Side Story
1962: Golden Globes - Best Supporting Actress for: West Side Story
1962: Laurel Awards - Golden Laurel - Top Female Supporting Performance for: West Side Story
 

Filmography

2011: Happily Divorced (TV series) - Dori
2010: In Plain Sight (TV series) - Rita Ramirez
2007: Cane (TV series) - Amalia Duque
2006-2007: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV series) - Frances Goren
2007: Ugly Betty (TV series) - Aunt Mirta
2007: George Lopez (TV series) - Luisa Diaz
2006: Play It by Ear - Ruth
2006: Lolo's Cafe (TV movie) - Lucretia (voice)
2005: Wanted (TV series) - Mrs. Kelly
2005: Law & Order: Trial by Jury (TV series) - Mildred Quintana
2005: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) - Mildred Quintana
2004: Copshop (TV movie) - Mary Alice
2004: King of the Corner - Inez
2003: The Handler (TV series) - Danielle Isabella
2003: Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico (video) - Doña Dolores (voice)/Woman #3 (voice)
2003: Casa de los babys - Señora Munoz
2003: The Guardian (TV series) - Caroline Novack
2003: Strong Medicine (TV series) - Lydia
1997-2003: Oz (TV series) - Sister Peter Marie Reimondo
2003: Open House (TV movie) - Lydia Fitch
2002: American Family (TV series) - Juana
2001: Piñero - Miguel's Mother
2001: Resurrection Blvd. (TV series)
2000: Blue Moon - Maggie
1999: The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads (TV movie) - Rita Kapkovic Landale
1999: Resurrection (TV movie) - Mimi
1999: Carlo's Wake - Angela Torello
1998: Buddy Faro (TV series)
1998: Slums of Beverly Hills - Belle Abromowitz
1998: The Spree (TV movie) - Irma Kelly
1997: Touched by an Angel (TV series) - Amanda
1997: Murphy Brown (TV series) - Dr. Nancy Goldman
1995: The Magic School Bus (TV series) - Dr. Carmina Skeledon
1995: Angus - Madame Rulenska
1995: The Wharf Rat (TV movie) - Mom
1994-1995: The Cosby Mysteries (TV series) - Angie Corea
1995: Burke's Law (TV series) - Jackie Lodge
1995: Best Defense (TV movie) - The Judge
1994: I Like It Like That - Rosaria Linares
1994: The Nanny (TV series) - Miss Wickervich/Mrs. Stone
1994: Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? (TV series) - Carmen Sandiego
1993: Hearts Afire (TV series) - Senator Rhonda Hall
1993: Italian Movie - Isabella
1992: Raw Toonage (TV series) - Additional Voices
1991: Top of the Heap (TV series) - Alixandra Stone
1991: Age Isn't Everything - Rita
1989-1990: B.L. Stryker (TV series) - Kimberly Baskin
1989: Miami Vice (TV series) - Congresswoman Madelyn Woods
1988: Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Closed Set (TV movie) - Julie Forbes
1987: The Golden Girls (TV series) - Renee Corliss
1987: The Cosby Show (TV series) - Mrs. Granger
1983: The Love Boat (TV series) - Gladys Gordon
1982-1983: Nine to Five (TV series) - Violet Newstead
1982: Portrait of a Showgirl (TV movie) - Rosella DeLeon
1982: American Playhouse (TV series) - Waitress
1981: CBS Library (TV series)
1981: The Four Seasons - Claudia Zimmer
1981: Trapper John, M.D. (TV series) - Liz Boyce
1981: Evita Peron (TV movie) - Renata Riguel
1980: Happy Birthday, Gemini - Lucille Pompi
1978-1979: The Rockford Files (TV series) - Rita Capkovic
1979: Bonkers! (TV series)
1979: Anatomy of a Seduction (TV movie) - Nina
1978: The Boss' Son - Esther Rose
1977: Call of the Blonde Goddess
1971-1977: The Electric Company (TV series) - Carmela/Millie the Helper/Pandora the Little Girl/…
1977: Westside Medical (TV series) - Leonor Carbajal
1977: Lanigan's Rabbi (TV series) - Millie Hillman
1976: The Ritz - Googie Gomez
1975-1976: On the Rocks (TV series)
1975: Shhh
1974: Out to Lunch (TV movie) - Various
1974: Medical Center (TV series) - Lydia
1974: Dominic's Dream (TV movie) - Anita Bente
1973: Hec Ramsey (TV series) - Lina
1971: Carnal Knowledge - Louise
1969: Marlowe - Dolores Gonzáles
1969: Popi - Lupe
1968: The Night of the Following Day - Vi
1967: Run for Your Life (TV series) - Anita
1965: The Trials of O'Brien (TV series) - Caressa
1963: Burke's Law (TV series) - Margaret Cowls
1963: Cry of Battle - Sisa
1963: A World of Stars (TV movie)
1961: Summer and Smoke - Rosa Zacharias
1961: West Side Story - Anita
1961: Adventures in Paradise (TV series) - Inez Sanders
1961: Michael Shayne (TV series) - Myra
1960: Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV series) - Chulita
1960: Zorro (TV series) - Chulita
1960: Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV series)
1960: Bourbon Street Beat (TV series) - Manuela Ruiz
1960: Playhouse 90 (TV series) - Rita
1960: This Rebel Breed - Lola Montalvo
1959: Cimarron City (TV series) - Gutterez's Fiancee
1959: The Millionaire (TV series) - Alicia Conception Osante Williams
1959: Zane Grey Theater (TV series) - Linda
1959: Trackdown (TV series) - Tina
1959: Tales of Wells Fargo (TV series) - Lola Montez
1953-1959: G.E. True Theater (TV series) - Princess Michal
1959: The Fat Man: The Thirty-Two Friends of Gina Lardelli (TV movie) - Gina Lardelli
1958: Father Knows Best (TV series) - Chanthini
1956-1958: Climax! (TV series) - Denise Cardoza/Francesca/Irene/…
1958: The Red Skelton Hour (TV series) - Senorita Delores
1957: The Deerslayer - Hetty Hutter
1957: Matinee Theatre (TV series)
1956: The Vagabond King - Huguette
1956: The King and I - Tuptim
1956: The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV series) - Sonseeahray
1956: The Lieutenant Wore Skirts - Sandra Roberts
1955: Seven Cities of Gold - Ula
1955: Untamed - Julia
1954: Garden of Evil - Cantina Singer
1954: The Yellow Tomahawk - Honey Bear
1954: Cavalcade of America (TV series)
1954: The Ford Television Theatre (TV series) - Serene Crane
1954: Jivaro - Maroa
1953: El Alamein - Jara
1953: Latin Lovers - Christina
1953: Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation - Soubrette
1953: Fort Vengeance - Bridget Fitzgibbon
1952: The Ring - Lucy Gomez
1952: Schlitz Playhouse (TV series)
1952: Cattle Town - Queli
1952: The Fabulous Senorita - Manuela Rodríguez
1952: Singin' in the Rain - Zelda Zanders
1952: Fireside Theatre (TV series) - Maria
1950: Pagan Love Song - Terru
1950: The Toast of New Orleans - Tina
1950: So Young So Bad - Dolores Guererro
 

Height

5' 2½" (1.59 m)

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