Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican actress, dancer, and singer. She is noted for her work on stage and screen in career spanning over seven decades. Wikipedia

Why is Rita Moreno so important?

The sole Puerto Rican woman to become a movie star in Hollywood’s Golden Age, and the only one to have earned all of the entertainment industry’s top recognitions—Oscar, Tony, Emmy (two), and Grammy, Moreno signified the victory of Puerto Ricans over colonialism, poverty, and racism.

Why did Rita Moreno change her name?

“I didn’t like the name Rita but they chose it because I liked the actress Rita Hayworth. Moreno was my stepfather’s last name so I took that.” There is no chance she would ever change it now, she says.

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