Why Famous: 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.
- 1965-06-18 Actress and singer Rita Moreno (33) weds cardiologist Leonard Gordon
- 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