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Rita Moreno

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
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Profession: Singer, Dancer and Actress

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican

Biography: Known for her roles in films "West Side Story" (1961), "The King and I" (1956), and in television in the children's show "The Electric Company".

Moreno is one of one a few people to achieve an EGOT, an Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar and Tony award. George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.

Born: December 11, 1931
Birthplace: Humacao, Puerto Rico
Age: 90 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Married Life

  • 1965-06-18 Actress and singer Rita Moreno (33) weds cardiologist Leonard Gordon

Historical Events

  • 1961-10-18 Film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical "West Side Story", directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, and starring Natalie Wood, debuts (Academy Award - Best Picture, 1962)
  • 1962-04-09 34th Academy Awards: "West Side Story" (Best Picture, Director, and 8 more), Sophia Loren (Two Women) & Maximilian Schell (Judgement At Nuremberg) win
  • 1962-05-05 "West Side Story" soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album