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EGOT Actress Rita Moreno Talks Oscars, Racial Typecasting, and Getting a SAG Life Achievement Award


Rita Moreno is the only person of Hispanic descent to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. After playing a widely recognized role of Anita in West Side Story (one that gave her a much unexpected upset over Judy Garland in the 1961 Best Supporting Actress field), she swore she would never go back to playing the stereotypes reserved for Latina actresses in the 1960s’ Hollywood: gang girlfriends or barefoot seductresses in Westerns. Here, on the occasion of the Screen Actor’s Guild awarding her a Life Achievement award, she talks about how long it took Hollywood to get that message.

Fun fact: Rita Moreno’s first Emmy was Best Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, for her guest stint on The Muppet Show. You can read The Hollywood Reporter’s whole interview with her here.

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  • Lady Commentariat

    Her Muppet Show episode really is amazing–probably one of the very best.

  • CyberIstari

    I freely admit the first time I ever saw her was on “The Electric Company”, and I loved her immediately. ;)

  • Ashe

    I highly approve of women of color flipping the bird to pigeonholing and stereotyping and running off to be successful elsewhere.

  • Anonymous

    An amazing, award-winning actress, and obviously a class act. Seriously, we just don’t see as many talented, lauded people with common sense coming up in the business any more. I don’t know what changed, if anything, but Rita Moreno is a true original, and I admire her greatly.

  • http://teresajusino.wordpress.com/ Teresa Jusino

    I was so happy to hear that Rita Moreno was getting a SAG Lifetime Achievement Award! :) She’s always been a hero of mine.

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    Is there anything that woman is not awesome at??