Rita Moreno

Highest Rated: 100% Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Lowest Rated: 20% Blue Moon (2000)
Birthday: Dec 11, 1931
Birthplace: Humacao, Puerto Rico
Energetic dancer, singer, and actress Rita Moreno was born Rosa Dolores Alverio in Puerto Rico to a family of independent farmers. She moved to New York City with her mother at age five and went on to become one of the few people to win an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy, and a Grammy throughout her long career. At age 13, she took her vibrant stage presence and star quality to Broadway, and by the next year she had made it to Hollywood, where MGM studio executives suggested she change her name to Rita.Mostly appearing in musicals, her most notable roles of the '50s include Zelda Zanders the Zip Girl in Singin' in the Rain and Tuptim in The King and I. During this close-minded time period in American cinema, she was showcased for her "exotic" qualities in films like Pagan Love Song, Latin Lovers, and The Fabulous Señorita. She also starred in the costume drama The Vagabond King as well as various adventures and Westerns, usually providing the musical entertainment. Her big breakthrough came in 1961 with her role as the spitfire Anita in West Side Story, winning her an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. During the '60s, she took her talents back to the stage and got married, but she did appear in the films Carnal Knowledge with Jack Nicholson and Popi with Alan Arkin. As a mother during the '70s, she turned to television and got involved with the PBS children's series The Electric Company, which led to a Grammy award for her recording contribution to the soundtrack album. She also won Emmy awards for her work on The Rockford Files and The Muppet Show. Meanwhile, she reprised her Tony-winning Broadway role of entertainer Googie Gomez for the 1976 film version of The Ritz. In the '80s, she appeared in the TV sitcom 9 to 5, the detective series B.L. Stryker, and several made-for-TV movies. In the '90s, she provided the voice for the title character in the PBS educational program Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? She started making features again, taking supporting roles in independent comedy dramas, including Slums of Beverly Hills. In 1997, she turned to confrontational drama as Sister Peter Marie Reimondo on the HBO prison drama Oz. Since 2000, she has been a leading advocate of osteoporosis awareness and has appeared in the John Sayles ensemble feature Casa de los Babys in 2003.In 2007, Moreno appeared in a cameo role on the hit series Ugly Betty, playing the title character's aunt. Later that same year, she joined the cast of the drama series Cane, a show about a Latin family and their trials and tribulations running a family owned business. In 2011 she was cast as one of the leads on the sitcom Happily Divorced alongside Fran Drescher.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet West Side Story Valentina 2020
No Score Yet Still Laugh-in: The Stars Celebrate Actor 2019
No Score Yet West Side Story Presented By TCM Actor 2018
No Score Yet Elena of Avalor: Song of the Sirenas Queen Camila 2018
No Score Yet Remember Me Nanna 2017
88% Every Act of Life Actor 2017
No Score Yet The Latin Explosion: A New America Actor 2015
No Score Yet A Gift of Miracles Beverly 2015
45% Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks Ida Barksdale $74.1K 2014
47% Rio 2 Mimi $113.7M 2014
No Score Yet Nicky Deuce Tutti 2013
No Score Yet I Know a Woman Like That Actor 2009
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood - Then and Now Actor 2007
No Score Yet Life and Times of Frida Kahlo Narrator 2005
71% King of the Corner Inez 2005
No Score Yet Open House Lydia 2004
No Score Yet Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me Actor 2004
58% Casa de los Babys Senora Munoz $0.4M 2003
43% Piñero Miguel's Mother $0.2M 2002
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood Actor 2000
20% Blue Moon Maggie 2000
No Score Yet Carlo's Wake Actor 1999
80% Slums of Beverly Hills Belle 1998
No Score Yet Rodgers & Hammerstein - The Sound of Movies Actor 1996
40% Angus Madame Rulenska 1995
80% Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business Herself 1995
No Score Yet The Wharf Rat Mom 1995
No Score Yet Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl Actor 1994
80% I Like It Like That Rosaria 1994
No Score Yet Italian Movie Isabella 1993
No Score Yet Age Isn't Everything Rita 1991
No Score Yet The Spree Irma 1988
No Score Yet Portrait of a Showgirl Actor 1982
No Score Yet Working Actor 1982
75% The Four Seasons Claudia Zimmer 1981
No Score Yet Happy Birthday, Gemini Lucille Pompi 1980
No Score Yet Anatomy Of A Seduction Nina 1979
No Score Yet The Boss' Son Esther Rose 1979
43% The Ritz Googie Gomez 1976
86% Carnal Knowledge Louise 1971
No Score Yet Best of the Best of The Electric Company Actor 1971
71% Marlowe Dolores Gonzales 1969
No Score Yet Popi Lupe 1969
83% The Night of the Following Day Vi 1968
No Score Yet Cry of Battle Sisa 1963
No Score Yet Samar Woman Convict 1962
No Score Yet Summer and Smoke Rosa Zacharias 1961
94% West Side Story Anita 1961
No Score Yet This Rebel Breed Lola Montalvo 1960
No Score Yet The Deerslayer Hetty 1957
96% The King and I Tuptim 1956
No Score Yet The Lieutenant Wore Skirts Sandra Gaxton 1956
No Score Yet Untamed Julia 1955
No Score Yet Seven Cities of Gold Ula 1955
80% Garden of Evil Singer 1954
No Score Yet The Yellow Tomahawk Honey Bear 1954
No Score Yet Latin Lovers Christina 1953
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation Soubrette 1953
No Score Yet Fort Vengeance Bridget 1953
No Score Yet The Ring Lucy 1952
100% Singin' in the Rain Zelda Zanders 1952
No Score Yet Cattle Town Queli 1952
No Score Yet Pagan Love Song Terru 1950
No Score Yet The Toast of New Orleans Tina 1950
No Score Yet So Young, So Bad Dolores 1950

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2019
98% One Day at a Time
2017
Lydia Grandmother
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
98% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2014
Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest Host
  • 2018
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
Guest
  • 2017
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Gayle
  • 2016
100% Jane the Virgin
2014
Liliana Sofia
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Lidia Celebrates America
2011
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
50% Happily Divorced
2011-2013
Dori
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet In Plain Sight
2008-2012
Rita Molena
  • 2010
No Score Yet Cane
2007
Amalia Duque
  • 2007
No Score Yet George Lopez
2002-2007
Luisa Diaz
  • 2007
96% Ugly Betty
2006-2010
Aunt Mirta
  • 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Frances Goren
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Mildred Quintana
  • 2005
No Score Yet Strong Medicine
2000-2006
Lydia
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Guardian
2001-2004
Caroline Novak
  • 2003
89% Oz
1997-2003
Sister Peter Marie Reimondo
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1997
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
  • 1997
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1994
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Madelyn Woods
  • 1989
  • 1986
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
Mrs. Granger
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
Renee
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Rita Capkovic
  • 1979
  • 1978
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1976
No Score Yet Zorro
1957-1961
Barmaid
  • 1960
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
1954-1960
  • 1958

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