Rita Moreno

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month


Jayme Villegas, Staff Writer

Rosita Dolores Alverio, a.k.a Rita Moreno, was born on December 11, 1931, in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Throughout her career as an actress, singer, and dancer, she proved that Latinos are very much talented and deserve to be in the field of entertainment. During her early teen years, she first appeared on Broadway in Skydrift and the first film role she appeared in was So Young, So Bad. Around that same time, she decided to leave school. Moreno has also made some quest appearances on kid’s shows like Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Now she is currently starring in the show One Day at a Time (2017-) as Lydia Alvarez, a religious Cuban grandma who is just so proud of being Latina.

Rita Moreno is best known as Anita in West Side Story in 1961. This was the role that made her earn an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She became the first Latina actress to win an Oscar award. Rita Moreno is also one of only 11 people to have received the four major entertainment awards — Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards (EGOT). In 2019, she added the letter P in front of EGOT when she became the first Latina to win a Peabody Award, making her a PEGOT award winner.