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Women Who Made History In The Film Industry: Rita Moreno
As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we’d like to recognize leading women in our industry and the incredible ladies who made cinematic history. Women have been an integral part of the video and film industry since it’s early origins, but history is still being made in the present. In this blog, we highlight the accomplishments of actress Rita Moreno: the first Hispanic Woman to win an Academy Award and third person to achieve an EGOT.
Rosita Dolores Alverio was born in Puerto Rico on December 11, 1931. In 1935 she moved to New York City with her mother and took her stepfather’s surname, Moreno. In 1945, at age 13, she made her Broadway debut in Skydrift. Her first big-screen appearance was in So Young, So Bad (1950). It was then that she started going by Rita.
Moreno appeared in many notable films over the years, including Singin’ In The Rain (1952) and The King and I (1956). She received critical acclaim as the fiery Anita in West Side Story (1961). Moreno won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her performance. She also accomplished the rare feat of winning the four major North American entertainment awards (EGOT): Emmy (1977, 1978), Grammy (1972), Oscar (1962), and Tony (1975). She is the second woman to achieve this, and the third person over all.
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