Last week’s featured star was well-known for her portrayal of Anita in West Side Story on Broadway. This week’s star was lucky enough to play the same role in the feature film!
‘Born Rosa Dolores Alverio on December 11, 1931, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Rita Moreno is best known as Anita in West Side Story in 1961, a role that earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first Latina actress to win the honor. Moreno also appeared in the children’s shows Sesame Street and The Electric Company and won an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony award.’
These video interviews by Makers are beyond great. They’re short but still give you a really great snapshot of Rita as a person and performer from a historical perspective. She speaks about emigrating to this country, winning an Oscar, having a child, and aging in Hollywood (amongst a million other things). Just keep scrolling through them-I couldn’t stop watching!
Fun Fact: Rita portrayed the role of Tuptim (a Burmese slave girl) in the film King and I which was originally offered to Dorothy Dandridge…who knew?! Side note-I love that the role of the Asian slave girl was offered to both a Black and Latina actress…::sigh::
One of the main reasons I’m featuring Rita today is ::drumroll:: she will be at Barnes and Noble this evening with Lin-Manuel Miranda!! This event coincides with the release of Rita’s new memoir which is being released today! More info on the event can be found on the Barnes and Nobles site here.
Looking to order the book?? Check out Penguin’s site here. There is an audio version (read by her of course) as well.