RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT
Over her more than 70-year career, Rita Moreno defied both relentless racism and her humble upbringing to become a celebrated and beloved actor, one of the few EGOT (Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony®) winners of our time. Born into poverty on a Puerto Rican farm, Moreno and her seamstress mother immigrated to New York City when Moreno was five years old. After studying dance and performing on Broadway, Moreno was cast as any ethnic minority the Hollywood studios needed filled, be it Polynesian, Native American or Egyptian. Despite becoming the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award® for her role as Anita in WEST SIDE STORY (1961), the studios continued to offer Moreno lesser roles as stereotypical ethnic minorities, ignoring her proven talent. RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT illuminates the humor and the grace of Moreno, as well as lesser-known struggles she faced on her path to stardom, including pernicious Hollywood sexism and abuse, a toxic relationship with Marlon Brando and serious depression a year before she emerged an Oscar® winner. Moreno's talent and resilience triumphed over adversity as she broke barriers, fought for representation and forged the path for new generations of artists. Official Selection, 2021 Sundance, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle and Tribeca film festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD Mariem Pérez Riera; PROD Brent Miller. U.S., 2021, color, 90 min. RATED PG-13
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