Rita Moreno is perhaps the most acclaimed Latina actress alive today. She’s had love affairs with Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley he’s starred in American classics like West Side Story, Oz and numerous theater productions, films, and TV shows. She’s had love affairs with Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley. But in her interview with Maria Hinojosa, she reveals the nagging self-doubt she’s struggled to overcome and the overwhelming feeling of receiving lifetime achievement awards.


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7545_10152169134678394_768174505_nRita Moreno was born Rosa Dolores Alverio in Humacao in a small town near the Puerto Rican rain forest. At age 5, she moved with her mother to New York and began dance lessons making her Broadway debut at just 13. She signed her first movie contract with MGM shortly after. Moreno has won the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards. In June 2004, Ms. Moreno was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. Her book, Rita Moreno: A Memoir, is a New York Times Bestseller.



Photos courtesy of the Rita Moreno Archives and Latino USA staff




5 thoughts on “Life, Love and Self-doubt with Rita Moreno

  1. I want you to tell NPR, that your program needs to be available during a day time slo and and evening slot.. In Tucson, your program is an evening broadcast on Saturday. As you are aware Latino families are together during the weekend. You originally broadcasted in Spanish. That was great, but the new format in English is fine, BUT to reach the Spanish speaking audience or their children NPR, needs to promote their programing on the commercial Spanish language stations. These stations, like most commercial stations play music, have call-in shows for selling but do not address the hispanic citizens of the US. Thank you for your program

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