Today in 1931 the incomparable Rita Moreno was born in Puerto Rico. Moreno is a pioneer in the world of entertainment, but more so for Latino performers - paving the way for many.
The singer, dancer and actress is the first performer to win an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Oscar (EGOT) and the only Hispanic to do so. Her seven-decade career has garnered her the prestigious Hispanic Heritage Award, The Kennedy Center Honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the list goes on. Last month she was honored at a gala at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington; where her portrait resides in the National Portrait Gallery for her great contribution to the arts in the U.S.
WOW. Not bad for the 5’2” girl from Humacao born to a seamstress.
The 86-year-old uber talent has multi-generational fans. Many remember her in “West Side Story” in her 1961 role of Anita, a role she won the Oscar for. Then younger fans were introduced to her as Liliana on “Jane the Virgen.” There have been many roles in TV and movies, however, she often cites Broadway as her first love, having started her career at age 13 on Broadway. By the time she arrived in Hollywood in the 1950s she was a stage veteran.
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