Throwback Thursday Tribute
Celebrating the beauty, intelligence and style of living icon Rita Moreno!
She broke barriers by being the one and still only Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress to secure the EGOT. Winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Rita is best known for her role in 1961 West Side Story.
After winning the Oscar, Moreno thought she would be able to continue to perform less stereotypical film roles, but was disappointed.
“Ha, ha. I showed them. I didn’t make another movie for seven years after winning the Oscar…. Before West Side Story, I was always offered the stereotypical Latina roles. The Conchitas and Lolitas in westerns. I was always barefoot. It was humiliating, embarrassing stuff. But I did it because there was nothing else. After West Side Story, it was pretty much the same thing. A lot of gang stories.”
Rita was sexy and smart. She had the perfect Puerto Rican curves and lots of talent to go with them. Rita has won multiple awards throughout her career. She won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play – “The Ritz” in 1975 and in 2000, the Hispanic Organization of Latin actresses (HOLA) renamed their Award for Excellence in her honor (now named HOLA Rita Moreno Award for Excellence)
This year at the age of 81 Rita Moreno released a memoir with intimate insight into her life and career. Some great quotes of the book are listed on Miamiverse.com. Here are top 5 insightful things shared during the release of Rita‘s memoir:
#1. On working through suicidal thoughts
“Do not define your self-worth by your present circumstance – circumstances can and will change. And if you are feeling those thoughts, tell someone what you are feeling. Don’t be alone.”
#2. On Being in Love
“There is a razor-thin line between love and obsession.”
#3. On Being a Mom
“Well, the best part of being a mother is giving life and love to a person that is part of you.”
#4. The traits she admires most in people?
#5. Best way to survive in the entertainment industry?
“Education, Education, Education!!! Most likely you will need a vocation to support your avocation.”
Read more at Mamiverse.com
Beautifully stated Rita! This tribute is for you!