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Rita Moreno is perhaps the most acclaimed Latina actress alive today. She’s had love affairs with Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley. She’s starred in American classics like West Side Story, Oz and numerous theater productions, films, and TV shows. But in her interview with Maria Hinojosa, she reveals the nagging self-doubt she’s struggled to overcome and the overwhelming feeling of receiving lifetime achievement awards.
Ms. Moreno was born Rosa Dolores Alverio in Humacao in a small town near the Puerto Rican rain forest. At age 5, she moved with her mother to New York and began dance lessons making her Broadway debut at just 13. She signed her first movie contract with MGM shortly after. Moreno has won the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards. In June 2004, Ms. Moreno was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. Her book, Rita Moreno: A Memoir, is a New York Times Bestseller.
Photos courtesy of the Rita Moreno Archives and Latino USA staff