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Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno is a true Hollywood and Broadway legend, having been honored and recognized for her acclaimed performances during her more than 70-year career. She has won all four of the most prestigious awards in show business: an Oscar, a Tony, two Emmys, and a Grammy. Her countless credits span more than eight decades, beginning with her Broadway debut at age 13. Moreno has starred on Broadway and London’s West End, appeared in more than 40 feature films and countless television shows, and performed in numerous regional theaters, including in her one woman show, Life Without Makeup, at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She continues to tour the country, appearing at speaking engagements and lectures.

Moreno was recently cast in the Netflix film Family Leave, starring opposite Jennifer Garner, for release this coming Christmas. She recently starred in several movies, including 80 for Brady with Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and NFL great Tom Brady, and Santa’s Bootcamp, a holiday film for Lifetime TV; and she hosted the Beauty and the Beast 30th anniversary special on ABC-TV. This spring, she appears as Vin Diesel’s grandmother in Fast X of the Fast and Furious franchise. Moreno also co-starred and served as an executive producer in 2022 for Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story. Her documentary Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It had its world debut at Sundance Film Festival and was then released in theaters nationwide. The film debuted on television as part of PBS’ American Masters series and is now streaming on Netflix. Moreno also co-starred in the critically acclaimed four-season Latino reimagining of Norman Lear’s classic sit­com One Day At A Time. 

Moreno’s first-ever all-Spanish language album, Una Vez Más, was produced by her good friend, Emilio Estefan. She is also a New York Times bestselling author with her first book, Rita Moreno: A Memoir, published by Celebra Books.

A recipient of the Peabody Career Achievement Award and the Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American culture, Moreno was also honored by her peers as the 50th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. She also served as Grand Marshal for both the Rose Parade and the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Moreno was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.