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A Broadway singer and celebrity, Rita Moreno was frequently ensemble within the Latin gal assignments, striving to be an important celebrity like her idol, Lana Turner. Although she acquired several obstacles to get over getting from Puerto Rico, she became a superstar in Hollywood, on Broadway, in movies, and on tv. Blessed Rosa Dolores Alverio in Puerto Rico, Rita Moreno was created right into a poor family members. Her mom fled to america looking for function after the USA declared battle on Cuba and had taken over Puerto Rico. Moreno became a member of her mom in NY and never noticed her dad or younger sibling again. Her amount of time in NY as a kid was tough on Moreno. Initially she was struggling to speak British and discovered it very hard to be friends with the other kids. She became timid and reserved. Despite her shyness, Moreno was prepared to perform the Mexican head wear dance at every set up or talent present. Moreno’s mom enrolled her in dance classes where she fulfilled her coach, Paco Cansino. She was seven when she performed her initial dance recital. Moreno produced her professional debut on Broadway at age 13. She performed Angelina in Skydrift. She performed in nightclubs during her teenager years, dubbing herself because the “Latin Spitfire.” At age 19 she produced her 1st Hollywood film, Therefore Young SO VERY BAD. After being solid in many cultural Latin tasks, including an Indian maiden in Jivaro, Moreno’s expectations to be a Hollywood celebrity had been deflated. In 1955 Moreno made a decision to keep MGM and singed a agreement with Fox hoping that the tasks will be different. Her 1st film, Untamed, noticed her playing a hot-blooded, hot-tempered Latin sex kitten. In her following part in Seven Towns of Yellow metal, she was solid as an unhealthy barefoot Local American woman. Items began to modification for Moreno when she was solid as Tuptim, the Asian princess within the Ruler and I. In 1957 Fox allow Moreno’s agreement lapse and discouraged her from performing. Finally in 1961 Moreno came back to the level. She performed Anita in Western world Side Tale. She gained an Oscar for Greatest Supporting Actress within the film twelve months later. Beneath the path of Hal Prince she visited London and performed in She Loves Me. As the discrimination Moreno experienced, she and Prince still left London for NY, where she performed within the Register Sidney Brustein’s Screen. Her personal and professional lifestyle took a convert for the better within the ’60s. In 1965 she wedded Lenny Gordon, a health care provider who ultimately became her supervisor. The two acquired one little girl. She received the Joseph Jefferson Prize in 1968 on her behalf role within the Rose Tattoo. Through the ’70s she had been cast in every sorts of tasks rather than just stereotypical tasks. She starred in Carnal Understanding, The Last from the Crimson Hot Enthusiasts, The Ritz, and Anatomy of Seduction. Although her film profession had changed significantly, she discovered that she also liked tv. In 1971 she was presented with a part for the children’s display The Electric Business. This was among her most satisfying parts as she experienced she was providing back to the city. In 1972 she earned a Grammy for the soundtrack The Electric powered Company. Her tv profession boomed as she earned a Tony Award for The Ritz, an Emmy on her behalf performance over the Muppets, and an Emmy once again for The Rockford Data files. Among Moreno’s greatest achievements is being shown in the Guinness Reserve of World Information being the just actress to earn all entertainment honours. Her solo documenting career didn’t start until 2000, when she released a self-titled record composed of pop and jazz criteria and present tunes. She implemented it up in 2015 using a Spanish-language LP entitled Una Vez Más. Despite many road blocks, Moreno produced herself into a fantastic singer and celebrity, continuing to execute on stage, in film, and on tv well in to the 21st hundred years, and frequently adding to the arts and Hispanic areas. With an increase of than 25 movies and ten Broadway displays, Rita Moreno offers overcome any obstructions that stood in her method.

Quick Facts


Full Name Rita Moreno
Date Of Birth December 11, 1931
Height 1.57 m
Profession Singer, Voice Actor, Dancer
Nationality American, Puerto Rican
Spouse Leonard Gordon
Children Fernanda Luisa Gordon
Parents Rosa María, Paco Alverío
Siblings Francisco Alverio, Dennis Moreno
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Kennedy Center Honors, Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Award for Best Album for Children, Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance - Variety Or Music Program, ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Series, ALMA Award for Favorite TV Actress - Drama, ALMA Ricardo Montalban Lifetime Achievement Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series
Music Songs Beautiful Creatures, Batucada família, El Mar Que Llevo Dentro, Cuando Despierto, Monte Adentro, As If We Never Said Goodbye, My Lord and Master, Punto de Referencia, Tu Regalito, About a Quarter to Nine, The Small House Of Uncle Thomas, Quintet, I Have Dreamed, Gonna Leave off Wearin' My Shoes, Bye Bye Baby, Be Careful, It's My Heart, Why Can't You Behave, En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor, If Swing Goes, I Go Too, Sing You Sinners, Blizzard Of Lies, Sunny Side Of The Street, Guess Who I Saw Today, River, River, Lost In His Arms, Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe, NYC Blues, Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries, West Side Story: America, Volverás, My Lord, My Master, I Won't Send Roses
Albums Rita Moreno Sings, The King and I, Una Vez Más, Rita Moreno, The Electric Company, Rita Moreno Sings / Show Time on Broadway
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In Children's Programming, ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film in a Crossover Role
Movies West Side Story, Singin' in the Rain, The King and I, Carnal Knowledge, The Ritz, Marlowe, Rio 2, I Like It Like That, Summer and Smoke, Casa de los Babys, The Night of the Following Day, Popi, So Young, So Bad, Pagan Love Song, The Four Seasons, Seven Cities of Gold, The Toast of New Orleans, Slums of Beverly Hills, Garden of Evil, The Lieutenant Wore Skirts, King of the Corner, Happy Birthday, Gemini, Fort Vengeance, The Deerslayer, Cry of Battle, The Boss’s Son, Italian Movie, Cattle Town, Piñero, This Rebel Breed, Portrait of a Showgirl, Latin Lovers, Untamed, The Vagabond King, Jivaro, Nicky Deuce, The Fabulous Senorita, The Spree, The Yellow Tomahawk, Anatomy of a Seduction, Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me, I Know a Woman Like That, Angus, Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico, The Ring, Blue Moon, Remember Me, Age Isn't Everything, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, The Wharf Rat, Out to Lunch
TV Shows One Day at a Time, Oz, The Electric Company, The Rockford Files, Happily Divorced, Nina's World, B.L. Stryker, The Cosby Mysteries, Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, Top of the Heap, 9 to 5, Cane


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1 Delivered her daughter Fernanda Gordon via emergency Caesarean section.
2 Awarded a Kennedy Center Honor in 2015.
3 Is one of 13 actresses who won their Best Supporting Actress Oscars in a movie that also won the Best Picture Oscar (she won for West Side Story (1961)). The others are Hattie McDaniel for Gone with the Wind (1939), Teresa Wright for Mrs. Miniver (1942), Celeste Holm for Gentleman's Agreement (1947), Mercedes McCambridge for All the King's Men (1949), Donna Reed for From Here to Eternity (1953), Eva Marie Saint for On the Waterfront (1954), Meryl Streep for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Juliette Binoche for The English Patient (1996), Judi Dench for Shakespeare in Love (1998), Jennifer Connelly for A Beautiful Mind (2001), Catherine Zeta-Jones for Chicago (2002) and Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave (2013).
4 Gave birth to her only child at age 34, a daughter Fernanda Luisa Gordon (aka Fernanda Gordon), on September 26, 1966. Child's father was her husband, Lenny Gordon.
5 Is one of 26 actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination for their performance in a musical; hers being West Side Story (1961). The others, in chronological order, are: Bessie Love (The Broadway Melody (1929)), Grace Moore (One Night of Love (1934)), Jean Hagen (Singin' in the Rain (1952)), Marjorie Rambeau (Torch Song (1953)), Dorothy Dandridge (Carmen Jones (1954)), Deborah Kerr (The King and I (1956)), Gladys Cooper (My Fair Lady (1964)), Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins (1964), The Sound of Music (1965) and Victor Victoria (1982)), Debbie Reynolds (The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)), Peggy Wood (The Sound of Music (1965)), Carol Channing (Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)), Kay Medford (Funny Girl (1968)), Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl (1968)), Liza Minnelli (Cabaret (1972)), Ronee Blakley (Nashville (1975)), Lily Tomlin (Nashville (1975)), Ann-Margret (Tommy (1975)), Lesley Ann Warren (Victor Victoria (1982)), Amy Irving (Yentl (1983)), Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge! (2001)), Queen Latifah (Chicago (2002)), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago (2002)), Renée Zellweger (Chicago (2002)), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls (2006)), Penelope Cruz (Nine (2009)), Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables (2012)), and Meryl Streep (Into the Woods (2014)).
6 As of April 2002 was living in Berkeley, CA.
7 Was the 54th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for West Side Story (1961) at The 34th Annual Academy Awards (1962) on April 9, 1962.
8 Has two grandsons: Justin Gordon Fisher (born 2002) and Cameron David Fisher (born 2004).
9 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on July 20, 2005.
10 In her memoir she describes how stunned she was when a handsome stranger, with his wife on his arm, very brazenly flirted with her. It was the 1950s and the man was then-Sen. John F. Kennedy. Moreno also described her disappointment about one-time lover Elvis Presley being much more like "a baby brother" than a stud.
11 Was dancing professionally in a Greenwich Village nightclub at age 9, as arranged by her dance teacher, Rita Hayworth's uncle.
12 Was the first Hispanic woman to win an Oscar when she won for West Side Story (1961). However, she was not the first Hispanic entertainer to win an Oscar. That was fellow Puerto Rican José Ferrer for Cyrano de Bergerac (1950).
13 Is one of 15 actresses to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, Emmy and Tony); the others--in chronological order--are Helen Hayes, Ingrid Bergman, Shirley Booth, Liza Minnelli, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Audrey Hepburn, Anne Bancroft, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, Ellen Burstyn, Helen Mirren, Frances McDormand and Jessica Lange.
14 She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts on February 25, 2010 at the White House in Washington D.C. for her services and contributions to the arts.
15 Mother of Fernanda Gordon.
16 Husband Dr. Lenny Gordon was an internist and cardiologist.
17 Of the nine people who won all four major entertainment awards (Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy), Moreno won all four awards in the shortest amount of time, within a 16-year time frame--the Oscar in 1962, the Grammy in 1972, the Tony in 1975 and her first of two Emmys in 1977. Composer Richard Rodgers is second, winning his four awards within a 17-year time frame.
18 When filming her final scene in West Side Story (1961) in which her character "Anita" is harassed and nearly raped by New York street gang members "the Jets", she was reduced to tears, as it brought flashbacks of similar real-life childhood experiences. When she broke down, the other actors nobly stopped and comforted her, helping her to get through the scene, pointing out that the audience was going to hate the gang members for what they were doing, as "Anita" was well meaning in what she was doing and the sequence set up a critical plot element.
19 Daughter, Fernanda Luisa Gordon (Fernanda Gordon), was born in 1967. A successful jewelry designer, she founded Nandiz Design. She is married to David Fisher and they have two children named Justin and Cameron.
20 In 1977, she became the ninth performer to win the Triple Crown of Acting: (Oscar: Best Supporting Actress in West Side Story (1961), Tony, Best Featured Actress, The Ritz (1975) and Emmy 1977 (The Muppet Show (1976)) and 1978 (The Rockford Files (1974)).
21 During the first season (episode 19) of The Electric Company (1971), she was in a sketch in which she shouted "Hey, you guys!" repeatedly. It became so popular with the show's producers that they decided to use it as the catchphrase in their opening, starting with season two.
22 In June 2004 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush.
23 When her star was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she fell on top of it, openly and uncontrollably weeping. She later commented, "I had been dreaming of this day since I was six!".
24 Has appeared in the pilot for the sitcom Empty Nest (1988), which was an episode of The Golden Girls (1985). The premise was changed in the final version of Empty Nest (1988), in which she did not appear.
25 Is one of the only 12 people who are an EGOT, which means that she won at least one of all of the four major entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. The other ones in chronological order are Richard Rodgers, Barbra Streisand, Helen Hayes, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg and James Earl Jones. Liza Minnelli won a Special Grammy, and James Earl Jones won an Honorary Academy Award.
26 Cites Citizen Kane (1941) as her all-time favorite film.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jivaro 1954 Maroa
Where's Raymond? 1954 TV Series
The New Adventures of China Smith 1954 TV Series
El Alaméin 1953 Jara
Latin Lovers 1953 Christina
Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation 1953 Soubrette (uncredited)
Fort Vengeance 1953 Bridget Fitzgibbon
The Ring 1952 Lucy Gomez
Schlitz Playhouse 1952 TV Series Lit-Lit
Cattle Town 1952 Queli
China Smith 1952 TV Series Mariaman
The Fabulous Senorita 1952 Manuela Rodríguez
Singin' in the Rain 1952 Zelda Zanders
Fireside Theatre 1952 TV Series Maria
Pagan Love Song 1950 Terru
The Toast of New Orleans 1950 Tina
So Young So Bad 1950 Dolores Guererro (as Rosita Moreno)
One Day at a Time 2017 TV Series filming Lydia
Grace and Frankie 2016 TV Series Lucy Chambers
Grey's Anatomy 2016 TV Series Gayle McColl
Remember Me 2016/I Nanna
Jane the Virgin 2015-2016 TV Series Liliana De La Vega
Getting On 2015 TV Series Sister Lily Claire
Nina's World 2015 TV Series Abuelita (voice)
A Gift of Miracles 2015 TV Movie Beverly
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks 2014 Ida Barksdale
Rio 2 2014 Aunt Mimi (voice)
Old Soul 2014 TV Movie Rita
Nicky Deuce 2013 TV Movie Tutti
Happily Divorced 2011-2013 TV Series Dori Newman
Welcome to the Family 2013 TV Series Lita
Special Agent Oso 2011 TV Series Abuela
In Plain Sight 2010 TV Series Rita Ramirez
Cane 2007 TV Series Amalia Duque
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006-2007 TV Series Frances Goren
Ugly Betty 2007 TV Series Aunt Mirta
George Lopez 2007 TV Series Luisa Diaz
Lolo's Cafe 2006 TV Movie Lucretia (voice)
Play It by Ear 2006 Ruth
Wanted 2005 TV Series Mrs. Kelly
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2005 TV Series Mildred Quintana
Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 TV Series Mildred Quintana
Copshop 2004 TV Movie Mary Alice
King of the Corner 2004 Inez
The Handler 2003 TV Series Danielle Isabella
Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico 2003 Video Doña Dolores / Woman #3 (voice)
Casa de los babys 2003 Señora Muñoz
The Guardian 2003 TV Series Caroline Novack
Strong Medicine 2003 TV Series Lydia
Oz 1997-2003 TV Series Sister Peter Marie Reimondo
Open House 2003 TV Movie Lydia Fitch
American Family 2002 TV Series Juana
Piñero 2001 Miguel's Mother
Resurrection Blvd. 2001 TV Series
Buddy Faro 2000 TV Series
Blue Moon 2000 Maggie Cavallo
Carlo's Wake 1999 Angela Torello
The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads 1999 TV Movie Rita Kapkovic Landale
Resurrection 1999 TV Movie Mimi
Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? 1994-1999 TV Series Carmen Sandiego
Slums of Beverly Hills 1998 Belle
The Spree 1998 TV Movie Irma Kelly
Touched by an Angel 1997 TV Series Amanda Revere
Murphy Brown 1997 TV Series Dr. Nancy Goldman
The Magic School Bus 1995 TV Series Dr. Carmina Skeledon
Angus 1995 Madame Rulenska
Women of the House 1995 TV Series Rita Moreno
The Wharf Rat 1995 TV Movie Mom
Best Defense 1995 TV Movie Judge Flores
The Cosby Mysteries 1994-1995 TV Series Angie Corea
Burke's Law 1995 TV Series Jackie Lodge
Carmen Sandiego: Junior Detective Edition 1995 Video Game Carmen Sandiego (voice)
Captain Planet and the Planeteers 1994 TV Series Ella Salvator
I Like It Like That 1994 Rosaria Linares
The Larry Sanders Show 1994 TV Series Rita Moreno
The Nanny 1994 TV Series Miss Wickervich / Mrs. Stone
Italian Movie 1993 Isabella
Bonkers 1993 TV Series
Hearts Afire 1993 TV Series Senator Rhonda Hall
Raw Toonage 1992 TV Series
Age Isn't Everything 1991 Rita
Top of the Heap 1991 TV Series Alixandra Stone
Sesame Street 1987-1990 TV Series Teresa / Vocals on 'Women Can Be'
B.L. Stryker 1989-1990 TV Series Kimberly Baskin
Miami Vice 1989 TV Series Congresswoman Madelyn Woods
Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Closed Set 1988 TV Movie Julie Forbes
The Golden Girls 1987 TV Series Renee Corliss
The Cosby Show 1987 TV Series Mrs. Granger
The Love Boat 1983 TV Series Gladys Gordon
Nine to Five 1982-1983 TV Series Violet Newstead
Portrait of a Showgirl 1982 TV Movie Rosella DeLeon
American Playhouse 1982 TV Series Waitress
CBS Library 1981 TV Series
The Four Seasons 1981 Claudia Zimmer
Trapper John, M.D. 1981 TV Series Liz Boyce
Evita Peron 1981 TV Movie Renata Riguel
Happy Birthday, Gemini 1980 Lucille Pompi
The Rockford Files 1978-1979 TV Series Rita Capkovic
Anatomy of a Seduction 1979 TV Movie Nina
Bonkers! 1979 TV Series
The Boss' Son 1978 Esther Rose
The Rita Moreno Show 1978 TV Movie Marie Costanza
The Electric Company 1971-1977 TV Series Carmela The Director Pandora the Little Girl ...
Westside Medical 1977 TV Series Leonor Carbajal
Lanigan's Rabbi 1977 TV Series Millie Hillman
The Ritz 1976 Googie Gomez
On the Rocks 1975-1976 TV Series
Shhh 1975
Medical Center 1974 TV Series Lydia
Dominic's Dream 1974 TV Movie Anita Bente
Hec Ramsey 1973 TV Series Lina Ramirez
Carnal Knowledge 1971 Louise
Marlowe 1969 Dolores Gonzáles
Popi 1969 Lupe
The Night of the Following Day 1968 Blonde
Run for Your Life 1967 TV Series Anita
The Trials of O'Brien 1965 TV Series Caressa
Seaway 1965 TV Series Annabelle
Burke's Law 1963 TV Series Margaret Cowls
Cry of Battle 1963 Sisa
Samar 1962 Woman Convict
Summer and Smoke 1961 Rosa Zacharias
West Side Story 1961 Anita
Adventures in Paradise 1961 TV Series Inez Sanders
Michael Shayne 1961 TV Series Myra
Mga alamat ng sandaigdig 1960 Third Story
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1960 TV Series Chulita
Zorro 1960 TV Series Chulita
Richard Diamond, Private Detective 1960 TV Series Maria Ferrari
Bourbon Street Beat 1960 TV Series Manuela Ruiz
Operesyon Stragglers 1960
Playhouse 90 1960 TV Series Rita
This Rebel Breed 1960 Lola Montalvo
Cimarron City 1959 TV Series Elena Maria Obregon de Vega
The Millionaire 1959 TV Series Alicia Osante
Zane Grey Theater 1959 TV Series Linda
Trackdown 1959 TV Series Tina
Tales of Wells Fargo 1959 TV Series Lola Montez
General Electric Theater 1953-1959 TV Series Princess Michal
The Fat Man: The Thirty-Two Friends of Gina Lardelli 1959 TV Movie Gina Lardelli
Father Knows Best 1958 TV Series Chanthini
Climax! 1956-1958 TV Series Francesca / Denise Cardoza / Maria / ...
The Red Skelton Hour 1958 TV Series Senorita Delores
The Deerslayer 1957 Hetty Hutter
Matinee Theatre 1957 TV Series
The Vagabond King 1956 Huguette
The King and I 1956 Tuptim
The 20th Century-Fox Hour 1956 TV Series Sonseeahray
The Lieutenant Wore Skirts 1956 Sandra Roberts
Seven Cities of Gold 1955 Ula
Untamed 1955 Julia
Garden of Evil 1954 Cantina Singer
Cavalcade of America 1954 TV Series
The Ford Television Theatre 1954 TV Series Serene Crane
The Yellow Tomahawk 1954 Honey Bear

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rio 2 2014 performer: "Beautiful Creatures", "Batucada Familia"
Banda sonora 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Casa de los babys 2003 performer: "Duerme", "Quién Sera"
Oz 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Nanny 1994 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Love Boat Fall Preview Special 1983 TV Movie performer: "Don't Rain On My Parade"
American Playhouse 1982 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Boss' Son 1978 performer: "The Man That Got Away"
The Muppet Show 1976 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Ritz 1976 performer: "Everything's Coming Up Roses" - uncredited
The Jack Benny Program 1963 TV Series performer - 1 episode
West Side Story 1961 performer: "America" 1957, "Quintet" 1957, "A Boy Like That/I Have a Love" 1957 - uncredited
The Vagabond King 1956 performer: "Vive La You", "Huguette Waltz" uncredited, "Song of the Vagabonds" uncredited
The King and I 1956 "The Small House of Uncle Thomas" 1951, uncredited / performer: "We Kiss in a Shadow" 1951 - uncredited
Pagan Love Song 1950 performer: "The House of Singing Bamboo", "Here in Tahiti We Make Love" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Actors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2016 TV Movie Herself
The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2016 TV Movie Herself - Presenter: Lifetime Achievement Award
TV Land Icon Awards 2016 2016 TV Movie Herself
38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2015 TV Special Herself - Honoree
CBS This Morning 2015 TV Series Herself
PBS NewsHour 2015 TV Series Herself
The Latin Explosion: A New America 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself - Interviewee / Singer / Actor / ...
2015 Hispanic Heritage Awards 2015 TV Movie Herself - Host
Today 1979-2015 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
Días de cine 2015 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2015 TV Series Herself
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution 2015 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Reel Herstory: The Real Story of Reel Women 2014 Documentary Herself - Interviewee
Marlon Brando, un acteur nommé désir 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Queen Latifah Show 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - Life Achivement Awardee
Storyline Online 2014 TV Series Herself
Latino Americans 2013 TV Series documentary Herself
Secret Voices of Hollywood 2013 TV Movie documentary Herself - Author, Rita Moreno: A Memoir
Good Day L.A. 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Tavis Smiley 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Show People with Paul Wontorek 2013 TV Series Herself
Fox and Friends 2013 TV Series Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Morgan Freeman 2011 TV Movie Herself
The Hour 2011 TV Series Herself
Pioneers of Television 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The Mark Twain Prize: Bill Cosby 2009 TV Movie Herself
Celebrity Habla 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself
2009 Alma Awards 2009 TV Special Herself
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1980s, 1990s and 2000s 2009 Video documentary Herself
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1960's 2009 Video documentary Herself
When Medicine Got It Wrong 2009 Documentary Narrator
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression 2009 Video documentary Herself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing 2009 Video documentary Herself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1950s: The Golden Era of the Musical 2009 Video documentary Herself
American Masters 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
The View from the Bay 2008 TV Series Herself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History 2008 Video documentary Herself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself
Movies Rock 2007 TV Movie Herself
The Best of the Electric Company 2006 Video Herself
The Electric Company's Greatest Hits & Bits 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Good Morning America 2006 TV Series Herself - Guest
A Land Between Rivers 2006 Documentary Narrator
Best Ever Muppet Moments 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Voces 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
The 100 Greatest Family Films 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo 2005 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself
Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me 2004 TV Movie documentary voice
Beyond Borders: John Sayles in Mexico 2003 Documentary Herself
Hollywood Squares 2003 TV Series Herself - Panelist
West Side Memories 2003 Video documentary Herself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2003 TV Special Herself - Past Winner
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema 2002 Documentary Herself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions: America's Greatest Love Stories 2002 TV Special documentary Herself
2002 ALMA Awards 2002 TV Special Herself
The Kennedy Center Presents: Speak Truth to Power 2000 TV Movie documentary Various
When It Was a Game 3 2000 TV Movie documentary Passage Narrator (voice)
The Remarkable Journey 2000 TV Series Herself
1999 ALMA Awards 1999 TV Special Herself
The 42nd Annual New York Emmy Awards 1999 TV Special Herself - Presenter
30th NAACP Image Awards 1999 TV Special Herself
The Puerto Ricans: Our American Story 1999 Documentary Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert Wise 1998 TV Special documentary Herself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1998 TV Series Herself - Guest
1998 ALMA Awards 1998 TV Special Herself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special Herself - Past Winner (uncredited)
Women: First and Foremost 1997 TV Movie documentary Herself - Host
Biography 1997 TV Series documentary Herself
1997 Hispanic Heritage Awards 1997 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies 1996 TV Movie documentary Herself, presenter
Latin Nights 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
Wheel of Fortune 1995 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Contestant
Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business 1995 Documentary Herself
Yul Brynner: The Man Who Was King 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994 TV Series Herself - Guest
Broadway at the Hollywood Bowl 1994 TV Special Herself
Planned Parenthood Benefit 1991 TV Movie Herself
One on One with John Tesh 1991 TV Series Herself - Guest
The $10,000 Pyramid 1973-1991 TV Series Herself
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Herself - Guest
Sábado noche 1988 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Walt Disney World 4th of July Spectacular 1988 TV Special Herself (1988)
The Geraldo Rivera Show 1988 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Variety Club International All Star Party 1987 TV Movie Herself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards 1987 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
Big City Comedy 1986 Video documentary Herself
The 39th Annual Tony Awards 1985 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Special Award to the N.Y. State Council on the Arts
Sunday Night Live 1984 TV Movie Herself - Mistress of Ceremonies (M.C.)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1964-1984 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1983 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
The Love Boat Fall Preview Special 1983 TV Movie Herself
Live from Her Majesty's 1983 TV Series Herself
The 25th Annual Grammy Awards 1983 TV Special Herself
The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1983 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The Merv Griffin Show 1970-1982 TV Series Herself - Guest
Tom Cottle: Up Close 1982 TV Series Herself
Save the Cable Cars Telethon 1982 TV Movie Herself
Hour Magazine 1982 TV Series Herself
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1982 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
Natalie - A Tribute to a Very Special Lady 1982 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Shape of Things 1982 TV Series Herself
The John Davidson Show 1981 TV Series Herself - Guest
To Tell the Truth 1980 TV Series Herself - Panelist (1980)
Horas doradas 1980 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
3-2-1 Contact 1980 TV Series Herself
The American Movie Awards 1980 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Over Easy 1979 TV Series Herself
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1979 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
The Mike Douglas Show 1975-1979 TV Series Herself - Actress / Herself - Guest / Actress / ...
The Muppets Go Hollywood 1979 TV Special Herself - Host
Dinah! 1975-1979 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Bonkers! 1979 TV Series Herself
Live Wednesday 1978 TV Series Herself
The Cheap Show 1978 TV Series Herself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1978 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series
The Hollywood Squares 1976-1978 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Panelist
America 2-Night 1978 TV Series Herself
The 50th Annual Academy Awards 1978 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The Jim Nabors Show 1978 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Paul Ryan Show 1977 TV Series Herself
To Say the Least 1977 TV Series Herself
Shoot for the Stars 1977 TV Series Herself
The 34th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1977 TV Special Herself - Nominee
Sha Na Na 1977 TV Series Herself
Arena 1976 TV Series documentary Herself
The Captain and Tennille 1976 TV Series Herself
The Muppet Show 1976 TV Series Herself - Special Guest Star
The Carol Burnett Show 1976 TV Series Herself - Guest
Match Game PM 1975 TV Series Panelist
Blankety Blanks 1975 TV Series Herself
The 29th Annual Tony Awards 1975 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Featured Actress in a Play
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood 1975 TV Series Herself
Out to Lunch 1974 TV Movie Herself / Divorce Woman / Posy / ...
The Voice of La Raza 1972 Documentary Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1956-1970 TV Series Herself - Actress / Anita / Herself
The Joan Rivers Show 1969 TV Series Herself - Guest
Personality 1969 TV Series Game Celebrity
The Match Game 1965-1969 TV Series Herself - Team Captain
Password All-Stars 1964 TV Series Herself
A World of Stars 1963 TV Movie Herself
Hello World! 1963 TV Movie Herself
The 35th Annual Academy Awards 1963 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Andy Williams Show 1962-1963 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Jack Benny Program 1963 TV Series Herself / Rosalita
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1962 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
The 34th Annual Academy Awards 1962 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Herself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1961 TV Series Herself - Guest
About Faces 1960 TV Series Herself
Lux Video Theatre 1954 TV Series Herself - Intermission Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paul O'Grady's 100 Years of Movie Musicals 2016 TV Movie Herself / Anita (speaking in 2013)
Extra 2016 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2015 TV Series Herself
Michael Grade's Stars of the Musical Theatre 2014 TV Movie documentary
Banda sonora 2012 TV Series Anita
Hispanic Youth Showcase 25th Anniversary 2011 TV Movie Herself
Hispanic Youth Showcase 2010 2010 TV Movie Herself
Hispanic Youth Showcase 2009 2009 TV Movie Herself
Hispanic Youth Showcase 2008 2008 TV Special Herself
Corazón de... 2005 TV Series Anita
Broadway: The American Musical 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Anita
What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of 'Singin' in the Rain' 2002 Video documentary short Zelda Zanders (uncredited)
Bourne to Dance 2001 TV Movie documentary
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 1999 TV Special documentary Herself (uncredited)
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years 1986 TV Movie Herself
Henson's Place 1984 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Of Muppets and Men: The Making of 'The Muppet Show' 1981 TV Movie documentary Herself
America at the Movies 1976 Documentary Anita

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Jane the Virgin (2014)
2014 Life Achievement Award Screen Actors Guild Awards
2005 Lifetime Achievement Award California Independent Film Festival
2004 Lifetime Achievement Award Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival
2002 ALMA Award ALMA Awards Outstanding Actress in a Television Series Oz (1997)
2000 Lifetime Achievement Award Wine Country Film Festival
1999 ALMA Award ALMA Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Oz (1997)
1998 ALMA Award ALMA Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Oz (1997)
1998 Lifetime Achievement Award ALMA Awards
1997 CableACE CableACE Awards Actress in a Dramatic Series Oz (1997)
1997 Lifetime Achievement Award Nosotros Golden Eagle Awards
1996 Muse Award New York Women in Film & Television
1995 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture Awarded on July 20, 1995 at 7080 Hollywood Blvd.
1994 Special Achievement Award Retirement Research Foundation, USA For significantly enhancing media images of older women through her celebrated career.
1978 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series The Rockford Files (1974)
1977 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music The Muppet Show (1976)
1973 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Recording for Children · Bill Cosby
1962 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role West Side Story (1961)
1962 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actress West Side Story (1961)
1962 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female Supporting Performance West Side Story (1961)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 Imagen Award Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actress/Television Happily Divorced (2011)
2003 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Oz (1997)
2001 ALMA Award ALMA Awards Outstanding Actress in a Television Series Oz (1997)
2000 ALMA Award ALMA Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Oz (1997)
2000 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Oz (1997)
1999 ALMA Award ALMA Awards Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film in a Crossover Role Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
1999 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Oz (1997)
1999 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Cable Series Oz (1997)
1999 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Series, Drama Oz (1997)
1998 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Cable Series Oz (1997)
1997 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? (1994)
1996 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? (1994)
1995 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? (1994)
1983 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical 9 to 5 (1982)
1983 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series 9 to 5 (1982)
1982 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special Portrait of a Showgirl (1982)
1982 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming CBS Library (1979)
1979 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Rockford Files (1974)
1977 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical The Ritz (1976)
1977 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Actress The Ritz (1976)
1975 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music Out to Lunch (1974)
1962 Grammy Grammy Awards Album of the Year West Side Story (1961) · Didier Deutsch (Producer)
· Mark Betts (Engineer)
· Bill Ivie (Engineer)
· Natalie Wood (Artist)
· Marni Nixon (Artist)
· Richard Beymer (Artist)
· George Chakiris (Artist)
· Russ Tamblyn (Artist)
· Jimmy Bryant (Artist)


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