Surprising Facts about The Academy Award Winner Rita Moreno

Puerto Rican actress, Rita Moreno is one of the 12th performers to win all the major awards- EGOT: The Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards. She has worked in the Entertainment Industry for more than seven decades.


So today here we present some of the five interesting facts about the actress, dancer, singer, Rita Moreno who hit the spotlight after winning Oscar in the movie- West Side Story. Check it out:

Five facts you need to know about Rita Moreno

Rita was born on 11th December 1931 in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Starting her career as a dancer in New York, she began achieving success towards every step in the journey of her career. She had her first Broadway role when she was 13-years-old as Angelina in Skydrift.

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5. In her 1962 Oscars gown in 2018 Academy Awards

Rite wore the same black and gold gown that she wore to the Oscar in 1962. She re-used the dress after 56 years in the 2018 Academy Awards. The dress was designed in Manila. It was made strapless just for the Sunday’s event.

CAPTION: Rita Moreno- In her 1962 Oscars gown in 2018 Academy Aw SOURCE: Variety

Rita accessorized it with the heavily black and gold collar necklace, elbow length gloves as well as earing and a chunky bracelet, which she also wore in 1962.

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4. Appeared on more than 90 TV show and movies

Over the course of 7 decades in the film industry, Rita has appeared in more than 90 TV show and movies. Well, it was 1962, when she got her first breakthrough role in the Broadway musical- West Side Story.

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She landed in the movie The Ritz as the role of Googie Gomez, and she was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for the Best Actress. Moving towards her Television series, she has played in the TV series like: I Like It Like That, Slums of Beverly Hills, Casa de Los Babys, The Electric Company, Out to Lunch, and much more.

CAPTION: Rita Moreno SOURCE: The New York Times

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3. Several Awards Winner

Throughout the whole journey of Rita’s career, she has won many prestigious awards. Her first award was Golden Globe Awards for her Best Supporting Actress in 1961 movie- West Side Story. She also has achieved Triple Crown of Acting. Check out the list of awards she has won:

Academy Awards

Supporting Actress- West Side Story

Golden Globe Awards

Best Supporting Actress- West Side Story

Grammy Awards

Best Album for Children

2 Emmy Awards

1.        Performance in Variety or Music Programs

2.       Outstanding Guest Actress- for Rockford Files

Sarah Siddons Award

For the portrayal of her Olive Madison on The Odd Couple

Library Congress

Living Legend Awards

Presidental Medal of Freedom

From president George W. Bush

Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Awards


2. Involved in a relationship with several High Profile actors

Well, Before, Rita was in a relationship with Leonard Gordon. She was involved in a romantic relationship with many high profiled actors like Anthony Quinn, Marlon Brando, and Dennis Hopper. Rita was in serious relationship with Marlon Brando as they dated for more than eight years.

CAPTION: Rita Moreno and Leonard Gordon SOURCE: Pinterest

Conversely, Rita married Leonard Gordon who was her manager as well as a cardiologist on June 18, 1965. He died on 30th June 2010. They have a daughter- Fernanda Luisa Fisher.

1. Net Worth estimated to be $25

As of the remark of 2018, Rita has an estimated net worth of $25 million. After all spending more than seven decades in the film industry, she deserves what the high figure of the amount. Being in an entertainment industry might have helped her to collect such a huge amount of money.

CAPTION: Rita Moreno SOURCE: The AV Club

Her major roles in the movies like West Side Story, The Ritz, Slums of Beverly Hills, Out to Lunch, The Rockford Files, 9 to 5, Oz and others helped her grab a huge attention worldwide.