Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican singer, dancer, and actress. Moreno was 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— Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. Born in Humacao, Puerto Rico she moved to New York City when she was only five years old.
Rita Moreno 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.