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Rita Moreno remembers West Side Story's bold, subversive 'America'
The 85-year-old film legend talks about delicious dance moves, blingy costumes, and porny shops

Joe McGovern@jmcgvrn

In 1961, Rita Moreno achieved movie immortality with her performance as the no-nonsense Anita in West Side Story. Set within a vibrant Puerto Rican community in New York City (though filmed almost entirely in Los Angeles), the film won 10 Oscars, including best supporting actress for Moreno and best picture.

The actress, now 85 and earning raves for her work on Netflix’s One Day at a Time, talked to EW about the barnstorming song-and-dance number “America,” in which she jousts with her boyfriend (George Chakiris) about the pros and cons of their adopted home.



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Rita Moreno shares her thoughts on a West Side Story remake

By Iona Kirby | Showbiz Editor

Rita Moreno is one of Hollywood's most legendary stars.

And the iconic actress chatted to LAGoss.com at a Paley Live event for her show One Day At A Time, revealing what drew her to the project and how she would feel about a remake of her classic movie West Side Story.
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Spend AN EVENING WITH RITA MORENO at Feinstein's at the Nikko This Spring

by BWW News Desk

Legendary actress and singer, Rita Moreno, will bring her acclaimed show, An Evening with Rita Moreno, to Feinstein's at the Nikko for two performances only - Friday, April 21 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, April 22 (7 p.m.). In this special evening, Moreno will perform some of her favorite songs from the Great American Songbook, Broadway and more, as well as share fascinating stories from throughout her celebrated career.

Tickets for Rita Moreno range in price from $50 - $90 and are available by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketfly.com.
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Rita Moreno Aims to Hit the Right Accent on ‘One Day at a Time’

By MONICA CASTILLO

Rita Moreno sits among rare company. In addition to her memorable roles — “West Side Story,” The King and I,” “The Electric Company” — there’s the EGOT. Ms. Moreno, 85, has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony (hence the acronym). Only about a dozen people have done so.

Yet even the most decorated stars have those they look forward to collaborating with. “That’s the magic name,” Ms. Moreno said in a recent interview. “Norman Lear. I always wanted to work with him. And we just kept getting older.”
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Rita Moreno: Why I’m Not Slowing Down at 85

By Julie Jordan•@juliejordanc and Ale Russian

Rita Moreno may have just turned 85 a month ago, but she’s not looking to slow down anytime soon!
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Actress Rita Moreno is part of a small, elite group of performers who've won all four prestigious entertainment awards: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. Now she stars in the Netflix remake of Norman Lear's "One Day at a Time." Moreno joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the show, and her relationships with Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando. She also sings happy birthday to Charlie Rose.

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EGOT Winner Rita Moreno to Star in ONE DAY AT A TIME TV Reboot

Broadway's Rita Moreno will star in a Latino family reboot of Norman Lear's classic 1970's sitcom comedy ONE DAY AT A TIME from Sony Pictures TV. The series was picked up by Netflix for a 13-episode straight-to-series order.

According to the report, the multi-camera comedy will follow "a Cuban-American family, centering on a recently separated former military mom who is navigating a new single life while raising her radical teenaged daughter and socially adept tween son, with the "help" of her old school Cuban-born mom and a friends-without-benefits building manager named Schneider." Moreno will portray the grandmother of the family.
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Gina Rodriguez’s “love letter” to Rita Moreno

As you see in our exclusive sneak peek above, the Jane the Virgin star finally gets to tell the EGOT winner everything she wished she could have said to her when she thought about sending her idol a letter at age 15. It’s a perfect, moving beginning to the evening’s tributes, and, as Rodriguez recalls asking her mother “Mom, when did Puerto Ricans come about?” because she’d never seen one on screen, also a powerful reminder of how much representation matters.

Moreno’s tribute also includes Rosie Perez performing “Fever” with Animal, in honor of Moreno’s Emmy-winning appearance on The Muppet Show and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda sharing the story of Moreno storming the stage like “an altruistic Kanye West” at a charity event when the audience was ignoring the entertainment before he introduces a performance of “America” from West Side Story (which, Colbert notes, “opened a generation’s eyes to the dangers of ballet gang violence”).

The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors airs Dec. 29 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
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From the Kennedy Center Honors :

Gina Rodriguez, star of the CW series “Jane the Virgin,” almost immediately burst into tears when she came onstage to present the tribute to Ms. Moreno, the “West Side Story” star who is one of a handful of entertainers to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Ms. Rodriguez said Ms. Moreno showed her that Puerto Rican girls can be on TV too.

“A 15-year-old girl from Chicago who hadn’t seen a Puerto Rican represented on screen once asked her mother, ‘Mom, when did Puerto Ricans come about?’”

She continued: “‘I never see us on my favorite TV shows or movies — we must not have existed back then, right?’ And then, she introduced me to you.”

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Rita Moreno reveals shocking details about her worst audition ever: 'The humiliation was profound'

by Nina Terrero • @nina_terrero

Though living legend Rita Moreno is a woman of many achievements – like, say, being the first Latino to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, and one of only 12 artists to have earned the coveted EGOT status – the West Side Story actress has no intention of resting on her laurels.

In fact, 2015 has been Moreno’s busiest year to date, with the release of her Spanish-language album Una Vez Más, numerous speaking engagements, voiceover work for Sprout’s new animated series Nina’s World, a guest role on the hit dramedy Jane The Virgin, and a slew of other projects. And the 83-year-old shows no signs of slowing down. Instead, she takes significant pride in tackling a number of “firsts,” including her first-ever appearance at PEOPLE en Español’s Festival, where she’ll be featured in conversation with Mexican actress Adriana Barraza and journalist María Hinojosa on Oct. 18.
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Rita Moreno to host this year's Hispanic Heritage Awards

by Megan Daley

Veteran actress Rita Moreno is to set to host the 28th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation announced on Thursday. In addition to her hosting duties, the EGOT winner will also take the stage to perform.
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Vanessa Hudgens, Misty Copeland and Rita Moreno are among the honorees at the 2015 Industry Dance awards, which will take place Aug. 19 at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood.

The awards fete and unite dancers and teachers to benefit Dancers Against Cancer and Circle of Hope Dance Foundation.

The Industry Dance Awards is honored to present the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award to the one and only Rita Moreno. With her long list of award-winning work, she has inspired so many in the dance community and beyond. We are looking forward to seeing her grace the Industry Dance Awards stage.
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Rita Moreno, Oscar and Emmy Winning Actress, Joins ‘Jane The Virgin’


By Travis Reilly


Hollywood legend will play actress Gina Rodriguez’s grandmother on The CW’s Golden Globe-winning freshman drama

“West Side Story” star Rita Moreno has joined The CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” a spokesperson for the network told TheWrap.
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Legendary actress Rita Moreno talks West Side Story on 7 Action News at Noon

The Oscar winning star of West Side Story stopped by 7 Action News at Noon to talk about the classic film and her amazing career.

Rita Moreno is in town for a big event starting tonight at the Redford Theatre , where they will be showing the movie on the big screen. The movie has been re-digitized and looks better than ever.

Moreno is the only Hispanic to win all four major entertainment awards. Knows as the EGOT, it stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Moreno won her Oscar for West Side story.

Moreno will appear live at all three showings of West Side Story this weekend. The showings are tonight and tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

She'll walk the red carpet about an hour and 15-minutes before each showing. Tickets are seven dollars.

Another look at Rita in Detroit.
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5 questions with 'West Side Story' star Rita Moreno

John Monaghan

Rita Moreno has one eye on the TV news as she talks from her home in Berkeley, Calif. She comments on Detroit's plans to recover from bankruptcy (a success, she thinks) and the escalating violence in Iraq (probably impossible to solve). She recalls her meetings with Presidents George W. Bush and Barrack Obama, both of whom gave her awards not only for her stage and film accomplishments but also for her tireless work on behalf of the Hispanic community.

"Who knew I would be a role model?" she says before talking about her upcoming appearance at Detroit's Redford Theatre, where she will host screenings of the 1961 musical "West Side Story." Her role as Anita, best friend of Natalie Wood's Maria, earned her an Oscar for best supporting actress. She is one of the few performers to hold the four major entertainment awards: a Tony, Emmy, Oscar and Grammy.
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West Side Story’ star Rita Moreno to appear at Redford Theatre Sept. 26-28

By Kurt Anthony Krug
Press & Guide

Rita Moreno didn’t feel intimidated succeeding theater legend Chita Rivera as Anita in 1961’s big screen adaptation of the beloved musical “West Side Story.”

“I always felt that this part had my name on it,” said Moreno, 82.
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