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Rita Moreno, Award Winner

Moreno in West Side Story.

Rita Moreno: Best
Supporting Actress, 1961:

West Side Story (Musical)

Rita Moreno won her Supporting Oscar for playing Maria's fiery girlfriend.

About Rita Moreno (1931 – )

Puerto Rican born actress-dancer, with stage experience whose real name was Rosita Dolores Alverio. Rita Moreno was just 17 when she did her first movie role.

In 1952, Moreno played in the classic musical comedy Singing In The Rain, with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds.

In 1960, Moreno played the vengeful Puerto Ricania Rita, in the Leonard Bernstein musical retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story, West Side Story, in which the two rival factions are represented by New York street gangs. Rita Moreno won the Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal as the girlfriend of one of the gang leaders. Moreno also played this role on stage in regional repertory.

From 1971 to 1977, Rita Moreno was a regular on the children's education television program, The Electric Company, racking up an amazing 780 episodes, along with co-star Morgan Freeman.

In the television series Oz, about an unusual prison, Moreno played in 55 episodes as Sister Peter Marie Reimondo, from 1997-2003.

Rita Moreno continues to play character roles in televisions series and movies.

Rita Moreno's notable movie credits include...

Pagan Love Song (1950)
Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Garden Of Evil (1954)
The King And I (1956)
The Deerslayer (1957)
Popi (1964)
The Night Of The Following Day (1968)
Carnal Knowledge (1971)
The Ritz (1976)
Happy Birthday Gemini (1980)
The Four Seasons (1981)
Italian Movie (1993)
West Side Story (1961)
I Like It Like That (1994)
Augus (1995)
Slums Of Beverly Hills (1998)
Carlo's Wake (1999)
Blue Moon (2000)
Speak Truth To Power (2001)
Pinero (2001)
Casa De Los Babys (2003)
King Of The Corner (2004)
Play It By Ear (2006)

Rita Moreno's television credits include...

Nine To Five ('82-83 Series)
Evita Peron (TV Movie 1981)
Rockford Files (Guest Star) (1978-1979)
Top Of The Heap (TV Series 1991)
The Majic School Bus (TV Series 1995)
Oz (TV Series 2003)
The Cosby Mysteries (TV Series 1994-1995)
Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego (TV Series 1998-1999)
Resurrection (TV Movie 1999)
Resurrection Boulevard (TV Series 2001)
The Remarkable Journey (TV Series 2000)
Law And Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series 2006-2007)
Happily Divorced (TV Series 2011-2013)
Nicky Deuce (TV Movie 2013)


Rita Moreno in The Ring (1952).


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Rita Moreno in West Side Story (1961).