Rita Moreno: Hollywood Spotlight
By Greg Hernandez
hollywoodnews.com: Rita Moreno dazzle as Anita in the film adaptation of West Side Story. So much so that she won the Academy Award for best supporting actress.
In the years since, she has rarely slowed down keeping busy on Broadway (Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Odd Couple, The Ritz), on television (Oz, Electric Company, Cane) and film (Carnal Knowledge, The Slums of Beverly Hills, Pinero).
She added a Tony, a Grammy and two Emmys to her awards haul – the first performer ever to win all four. Now 79, she remains busy with her one-woman show between acting jobs.
“Aren’t we great?” she says of herself and other icons like Mitzi Gaynor, Florence Henderson and Shirley Jones who are still doing one-woman shows. “All I can say is that there’s the difference between us and people who don’t do anything at our age. It’s because we love our work. We love what we do. Why on Earth would we ever quit it?”
While Moreno has won all four of showbiz’s major awards, she told me when we spoke two years ago that the one that means the most to her are her Presidential Medal of Freedom and her induction in 2008 into the California Hall of Fame.
She keeps the awards at her home and next to her Oscar stands, of all things, a soccer trophy earned by her grandson.
“He got his trophy and brought it to my house and said, ‘I think this should sit next to the little gold man.’”
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