LOVE: Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican singer, dancer, and actress born on December 11, 1931 as Rosa Dolores Alverío. She is the only Latina to have ever won all four of the most prestigious awards an entertainer can win: The Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. Born in Humacao, Puerto Rico she moved to New York City when she was only five years old. She faced discrimination and many obstacles, but found comfort in dancing and acting. By age 13 she was already on Broadway, which caught the attention of a talent agent that introduced her to the head of MGM, Louis B. Mayer. Mayer thought she resembled a Spanish Elizabeth Taylor and immediately signed her on to a seven year contract. Although Moreno speaks perfect English, she had to create an accent to make her character as a Latina more believable. After winning the Oscar, she refused to act in another stereotypical role leading her to vanish the industry for seven years until she was offered to be in a film playing a character she did not find degrading. She is best known for her role as “Anita” in West Side Story. She has also earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bush in 2004, and the National Medal of the Arts from President Obama in 2009. Moreno is now 80 years old and still beautiful as ever. This alluring Latina paved the way not only for people of color, but for all women as well. She is most certainly someone we can call un orgullo Latino.

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