Rita _Moreno

Rita Moreno

A dynamic performer on stage, screen, and television, Rita Moreno is the first and only Hispanic actress (and one of three women with Helen Hayes and Audrey Hepburn) to have won the four highest entertainment honors: the Oscar, the Emmy, the Tony and the Grammy. She earned the Oscar for her performance as Anita in the 1961 film adaptation of West Side Story, the two Emmys for her 1977 appearance on The Muppet Show, and for her work on The Rockford Files in 1978. She won the Tony for her 1975 triumph on Broadway in The Ritz, and the Grammy for her 1972 performance on The Electric Company album for children, based on the highly regarded educational television program of the same name. In addition to these honors, Ms. Moreno has been awarded the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre, a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Born in Puerto Rico, Ms. Moreno immigrated to New York City at the age of five, and made her Broadway debut at age 13. She signed a contract with MGM at 17. Her many screen credits include Singin in the Rain (1952), and The King and I (1956). She played opposite Marlon Brando in The Night of the Following Day, then with James Garner in Marlowe, as Alan Arkin's girlfriend in Popi, and in Mike Nichol's production of Carnal Knowledge. She went on to star in Alan Alda's The Four Seasons with Carol Burnett in 1981 and in the highly acclaimed I Like it Like That in 1994. Ms. Moreno has also been a guest star in a wide variety of television productions. In addition to her work on The Electric Company, she starred in her own TV series, in the sitcom version of the film 9 to 5, and in such series as The Cosby Show and The Golden Girls. In the late 1990s, she gained exposure to a new generation as a Catholic nun trained as a psychologist in the popular HBO series Oz.