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Rita Moreno

Lowest Rated:   20% Blue Moon (2000)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
2014
46% Rio 2
  • Mimi
2014
No Score Yet Nicky Deuce
  • Tutti
2013
No Score Yet Tcm Presents West Side Story
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet I Know a Woman Like That
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood - Then and Now
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Electric Company - Greatest Hits & Bits
  • Actor
2006
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
2003
43% Piñero
  • Miguel's Mother
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 High Stakes
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Intimate Portrait - Carol Burnett
  • Actor
1997
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 Rita Moreno - Now You Can!
  • Actor
1989
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
40% The Ritz
  • Googie Gomez
1976
89% 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
100% 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
No Score Yet 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet In Plain Sight
2008-2012
  • Rita Molena
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Frances Goren
No Score Yet George Lopez
2002-2007
  • Luisa Diaz
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
50% Happily Divorced
2011-2013
  • Dori
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Mildred Quintana
No Score Yet Lidia Celebrates America
2011
  • Guest
Oz
1997-2003
  • Sister Peter Marie Reimondo
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Gayle
100% Jane the Virgin
2014
  • Liliana Sofia
96% One Day at a Time
2017
  • Lydia Grandmother
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Aunt Mirta
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing

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