Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican actress, singer, and dancer. She has over seventy years’ experience in the show biz industry. One of her major roles was in the film The King and I. She is among the few artists who have won the four major annual awards in the USA.
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Early Life & Biography
Rita Moreno is born Rosa Dolores Alverio Marcano was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Her mother was Rosa Maria, and her father was Francisco Jose Alverio. Rita’s mother was a seamstress, and the father was a farmer. At a tender age, Rita’s mother moved to New York City, taking her along with her but left her younger brother Francisco behind. Rita adopted the surname of her stepfather, Edward Moreno hence the name Moreno. She lived in the villages of Valley Stream, New York, on Long Island during her teens.
Rita had a relationship with actor Marlon Brando. The relationship didn’t last long due to his infidelity. Moreno once became pregnant, and Marlon arranged an abortion for her, and when it failed, she tried to commit suicide. Rita also was romantically involved with Elvis Presley, whom they dated for a period of time but broke up due to his unwillingness to take things to another level. On 18 June 1965, she got married to cardiologist Leonard Gordon. Together they have one daughter Fernanda Luisa Fisher. Leonard Gordon later died on June 30th, 2010.
Age, Height, and Weight
Being born on 11 December 1931, Rita Moreno is 89 years old as of today’s date 7th October 2020. Her height is 1.57 m tall, and her weight is 48 kg.
Rita began her career when she was 11 years old by voicing the translation of American movies to Spanish. Her first Broadway role in Skydrift caught the attention of talent scouts when she was thirteen years old. In the 1950s, she landed small roles in films such as The Toast of New Orleans and Singing in the Rain, and later on, she went ahead to be featured on the cover of Life magazine.
In 1961 she landed a role in the Broadway musical West Side Story. Rita had a major role in the 1961 film Summer and Smoke. Rita put herself in a self-imposed exile from Hollywood due to her being continuously being offered stereotypical roles, which she termed as embarrassing. She made her return in film in the 1968 film The Night of the Following day, which she played alongside Marlon Brando. She has continued to work in the film industry, and her recent role was a small voice role in the 2014 film Rio 2. Moreno has also made numerous guest appearances on television series since the 1970s.
She was featured in shows such as The Cosby Show, The Love Boat, Miami vice, among others. In the mid-1990s, she played the voice of Carmen Sandiego in the animated series Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego, and in the late90s she took on the role of Sister Pete in the popular HBO series Oz. She also plays in the Netflix sitcom One Day at a Time whose first season premiered in January 2017.
Other than film and TV Rita is a prominent face in theatre. Her Broadway credits include Last of the Red-Hot Lovers and The Ritz. She has also cast in the female version of The Old Couple as from September 2011, and she began performing a solo show at the Berkeley Rep Theatre in Berkeley, California. Rita was also known to be a staunch supporter of Adlai Stevenson’s campaign during the 1952 presidential elections.
She also released an album of night club songs in 2000, and in 2017 she contributed to Manuel Miranda’s single Almost Like Praying whose benefits went to those who were affected by Hurricane Maria in her motherland Puerto Rico.
Awards & Achievements
Rita has plenty of awards listed under her name due to her long career. Her first award was the 1961 Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for best-supporting actress due to her role in the film West Side Story. She also won the Grammy Award for best album for children in 1972 and a Tony Award for best-featured actress in a play in 1975. She has won two Emmy Awards, a Sarah Siddons Award, and a star on the Holly Wood Walk of Fame.
In 2004 she was given the Presidential Medal of Honour by President George W Bush and a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in 2009. In 2007 she was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.
Net Worth & Salary of Rita Moreno in 2020
Rita Moreno’s net worth stands at an estimated $28 million as of October 2020. Her fortune has been credited from her very long and very successful career in the show biz industry. She has been cast in numerous films since the 50s, which have been successful. Apart from acting, she has released an album that has raked in a massive fortune for her. She has also won numerous awards and nominations.
Rita’s life has taught us that challenges should be treated as a stepping stone to success. She stands to be an inspiration to the many young girls in the world. Despite her advancement in age, she has shown the world that age is nothing but a number.