Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican actress, dancer, and singer. Her notable acting work includes supporting roles in the musical films Singin’ in the Rain, The King and I and West Side Story. She voiced the titular role of Carmen Sandiego in Where on Earth Is Carmen sandiego? She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for that role.
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Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican actress, dancer, and singer. Her career has spanned over 70 years; her notable acting work includes supporting roles in the musical films Singin’ in the Rain, The King and I and West Side Story. Moreno is one of the few artists to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. As of 2020, she is currently portraying the role of the matriarch Lydia Margarita del Carmen Inclán Maribona Leyte-Vidal de Riera in the 2017 remake of One Day at a Time. In 2015, she was awarded a Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award for her contribution to American culture, through performing arts. She was awarded the Peabody Career Achievement Award in 2019. She is also one of 23 people who have achieved what is called the Triple Crown of Acting, with individual competitive Academy, Emmy and Tony awards for acting. She has won numerous other awards, including various lifetime achievement awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.
Her other notable films include Popi, Carnal Knowledge, The Four Seasons, I Like It Like That and the cult film Slums of Beverly Hills. She voiced the titular role of Carmen Sandiego in Where on Earth Is Carmen sandiego? from 1994 to 1999. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for that role. In March 1954, Moreno was featured on the cover of Life magazine with the caption “R Rita Moreno: An Actress’s Catalog of Sex and Innocence’”. Moreno disliked most of her film work during this period, as she felt the roles she was given were very stereotypical. After winning the Oscar, Moreno thought she would be able to continue to perform less stereotypical film roles, but was disappointed: Ha, ha. I didn’t make another movie seven years after the Oscar… But I did it because there was nothing else else to do. She made her return to the film industry with The Night of Marlon Marlowe.
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