Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Rita Moreno 91, has been a household name for decades, ever since she captivated audiences with her fierce portrayal of Anita in 1961’s West Side Story. Moreno would go on to cement her name in history by winning the Academy Award for best supporting actress for the role, becoming the first Hispanic American woman to win. Born Rosa Alverio on December 11, 1931, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, the actor later changed her last name to match her stepfather’s after she immigrated to New York City with her mom in 1936. Moreno made her Broadway debut in Skydrift at age 13, with her career taking off after that. In 1977, Rita Moreno became the third person and first Hispanic American to win all four awards, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony award.