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Rita Moreno ACTOR


Rita Moreno was born on December 11th, 1931 in Humacao, Puerto Rico with the birth name Rosita Dolores Alverio, born to Rosa Maria and Paco Alverio.  Her mother re-married Edward Moreno and at the age of five they relocated to New York City
She began taking dance lessons from a young age and as a teenager she began a career in the entertainment industry.  By the age of eleven she worked on her first film dubbing Spanish-language versions of American films and she then began working on Broadway when she was only fourteen years old.    

Soon Hollywood began to take notice of her and she was cast in the films, "The Toast of New Orleans" (1950) and the Academy Award winning film "Singin' in the Rain" (1952) starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor.  It would take twenty years before she returned back to working on Broadway.
By the mid 50's she was working more regularly in the film industry adding such credits to her resume as, "Father Knows Best" (1954), the Oscar winning movie "The King and I" (1956) starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr and Academy Award winner for Best Picture "West Side Story" (1961) starring Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn and Richard Beymer, a role for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, making her the first Hispanic woman to win this award.
It took some time, despite winning this award for her to get away from the typical type casting roles for Hispanics.  She did finally make a comeback with her appearance in the films, "Carnal Knowledge" (1971) and she won a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress for her role in the musical, "The Ritz" (1976).
As her career progressed she remained working in the film industry as well as numerous television appearances and never neglected her love of performing live on stage.  Some of her television credits include appearances on, "Father Knows Best", "Empty Nest", "The Golden Girls", "The Electric Company", "The Rockford Files", "The Love Boat", "Miami Vice", "The Cosby Show" and "Nine to Five".
Moreno has also added such stage credits to her resume as, "The Glass Menagerie", "The Rose Tattoo", "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers", "Gantry" and "The Odd Couple".    

More recently she has appeared on the television series, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2006-2007), "Happily Divorced" (2011-2012), "In Plain Sight" (2010) and "Special Agent Oso" (2011).    

Rita Moreno has married only one time to Lenny Gordon whom she wed in 1965 and they had one child together and remained married until he passed away in 2010.  In 2011 she took on a new project performing solo at the Berkley Theater an autobiographical show titled, "Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup".   


2011-2012  Happily Divorced 

2011   Special Agent Oso

2010   In Plain Sight 

2007   Cane 

2006-2007  Law & Order: Criminal Intent

2007   Ugly Betty 

2007   George Lopez 

2006   Play It by Ear 

2006   Lolo's Cafe 

2005   Wanted

2005   Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 

2005   Law & Order: Trial by Jury 

2004   Copshop

2004   King of the Corner

2003   The Handler

2003   Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico 

2003   Casa de los babys

2003   The Guardian 

2003   Strong Medicine

1997-2003  Oz 

2003   Open House 

2002   American Family 

2001   Piñero 

2001   Resurrection Blvd. 

2000   Blue Moon 

1999   The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads

1999   Resurrection

1999   Carlo's Wake 

1998   Buddy Faro

1998   Slums of Beverly Hills 

1998   The Spree 

1997   Touched by an Angel

1997   Murphy Brown

1995   The Magic School Bus 

1995   Angus 

1995   The Wharf Rat 

1994-1995  The Cosby Mysteries
1995   Best Defense

1994   Captain Planet and the Planeteers 

1994   I Like It Like That

1994   The Larry Sanders Show 

1994   The Nanny

1994   Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?

1993   Bonkers 

1993   Hearts Afire

1993   Italian Movie

1992   Raw Toonage

1991   Top of the Heap

1991   Age Isn't Everything

1989-1990  B.L. Stryker

1989   Miami Vice 

1988   Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Closed Set 

1987   The Golden Girls 

1987   The Cosby Show 

1983   The Love Boat

1982-1983  Nine to Five 

1982   Portrait of a Showgirl

1982   American Playhouse 

1981   CBS Library 

1981   The Four Seasons

1981   Trapper John, M.D.

1981   Evita Peron

1980   Happy Birthday, Gemini 

1978-1979  The Rockford Files 

1979   Bonkers!

1979   Anatomy of a Seduction

1978   The Boss' Son 

1977   Call of the Blonde Goddess 

1971-1977  The Electric Company 

1977   Westside Medical 

1977   Lanigan's Rabbi

1977   The 34th Annual Golden Globe Awards

1976   The Ritz

1975-1976  On the Rocks 

1975   Shhh 

1974   Out to Lunch

1974   Medical Center

1974   Dominic's Dream 

1973   Hec Ramsey

1971   Carnal Knowledge 

1969   Marlowe 

1969   Popi

1968   The Night of the Following Day 

1967   Run for Your Life

1965   The Trials of O'Brien

1963   Burke's Law 

1963   Cry of Battle

1963   A World of Stars

1962   Samar

1961   Summer and Smoke

1961   West Side Story 

1961   Adventures in Paradise 

1961   Michael Shayne

1960   Zorro 

1960   Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 

1960   Richard Diamond, Private Detective 

1960   Bourbon Street Beat 

1960   Playhouse 90

1960   This Rebel Breed

1959   Cimarron City

1959   The Millionaire

1959   Zane Grey Theater 

1959   Trackdown 

1959   Tales of Wells Fargo

1953-1959  G.E. True Theater

1959   The Fat Man: The Thirty-Two Friends of Gina Lardelli 

1958   Father Knows Best

1956-1958  Climax! 

1958   The Red Skelton Hour 

1957   The Deerslayer 

1957   Matinee Theatre

1956   The Vagabond King

1956   The King and I 

1956   The 20th Century-Fox Hour 

1956   The Lieutenant Wore Skirts 

1955   Seven Cities of Gold

1955   Untamed

1954   Garden of Evil 

1954   The Yellow Tomahawk 

1954   Cavalcade of America 

1954   The Ford Television Theatre 

1954   Jivaro 

1953   El Alaméin

1953   Latin Lovers 

1953   Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation 

1953   Fort Vengeance 

1952   The Ring

1952   Schlitz Playhouse 

1952   Cattle Town 

1952   China Smith 

1952   The Fabulous Senorita

1952   Singin' in the Rain

1952   Fireside Theatre 

1950   Pagan Love Song 

1950   The Toast of New Orleans 

1950   So Young So Bad 

Matinee Classics - Singin' in the Rain starring Gene Kelly, Jean Hagen, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, Douglas Fowley and Rita Moreno
Matinee Classics - The King and I starring Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson, Terry Saunders, Rex Thompson, Carlos Rivas, Patrick Adiarte, Alan Mowbray and Geoffrey Toone
Matinee Classics - Pagan Love Song starring Esther Williams, Howard Keel, Minna Gombell, Charles Mauu and Rita Moreno
Matinee Classics - The Black Rebels starring Rita Moreno, Mark Damon, Gerald Mohr, Jay Novello, Eugene Mazzola, Tom Gilson, Richard Rust, Douglas Hume, Richard Laurier, Don Eitner, Dyan Cannon, Kenny Miller, Al Freeman Jr., Charles Franc and Ike Jones
Matinee Classics - The Cosby Mysteries starring Bill Cosby, Robert Stanton, James Naughton, Mario Todisco, Mos Def and Rita Moreno

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