Rita Moreno Biography (1931-)

Original name, Rosa Dolores Alverio (some sources spell the surname Alvario);born December 11, 1931, in Humacao, PR; daughter of Paco (a farmer) and RosaMaria (a seamstress) Alverio; stepdaughter of Edward Moreno; married LeonardI. Gordon (a cardiologist and lighting designer), June 18, 1965; children: Fernanda Luisa (an actress and singer). Addresses: Agent: Agency for Performing Arts, 9000 Sunset Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90069; (voice work) Cunningham/Escott/Dipene and Associates, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite140, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

Nationality
Puerto Rican
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, singer, dancer
Birth Details
December 11, 1931
Humacao, Puerto Rico

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Carmela and other roles, The Electric Company, PBS, 1971-1976
  • Violet Newstead, 9 to 5, ABC, 1982-1983
  • Roberta Cardenas (some sources cite Alixandra Stone), Top of the Heap, Fox, 1991-1992
  • Angie Corea, The Cosby Mysteries, NBC, 1994
  • Voice of Carmen Sandiego, Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? (animated), PBS, 1994
  • Sister Peter Marie Reimondo, Oz, HBO, beginning 1997
  • The Remarkable Journey, 2000
  • Juana, American Family, PBS, 2002
  • Also panelist for the game show Match Game PM.
  • Movies
  • Nina, Anatomy of a Seduction, CBS, 1979
  • Rosella DeLeon, Portrait of a Showgirl, CBS, 1982
  • Kimberly Baskin, "The Dancer's Touch," B. L. Stryker (also known as The ABC Saturday Mystery), ABC, 1989
  • Kimberly Baskin, Blues for Buder (also known as B. L. Stryker and The ABC Saturday Mystery), ABC, 1989
  • Kimberly Baskin, Grand Threat Auto (also known as B. L. Stryker and The ABC Saturday Mystery), ABC, 1989
  • Kimberly Baskin, Auntie Sue (also known as B. L. Stryker and The ABC Saturday Mystery), ABC, 1989
  • Kimberly Baskin, Plates (also known as B. L. Stryker and The ABC Saturday Mystery), ABC, 1990
  • Kimberly Baskin, High Rise (also known as B. L. Stryker andThe ABC Saturday Mystery), ABC, 1990
  • Mom, The Wharf Rat, 1995
  • Irma, The Spree, The Movie Channel, 1998
  • Rita Kapkovic Landale, The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds ... It Leads, CBS, 1999
  • Mimi, Resurrection, ABC, 1999
  • Lydia, Open House, CBS, 2003
  • Specials
  • A World of Stars, 1963
  • Out to Lunch, ABC, c. 1974
  • The Muppets Go Hollywood, 1979
  • Waitress, Working, PBS, 1982
  • The Chemical People, PBS, 1983
  • Blondes vs. Brunettes, ABC, 1984
  • Julie Forbes, The Closed Set, PBS, 1988
  • The Ice Capades with Kirk Cameron (also known as Kirk Cameron at the Ice Capades), ABC, 1988
  • Walt Disney World 4th of July Spectacular, 1988
  • Host, Championship Ballroom Dancing, PBS, 1991
  • All-Star Fiesta at Ford's, ABC, 1992
  • A Capitol Fourth 1993, PBS, 1993
  • Host, A Woman's Health, PBS, 1994
  • "Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl" (also known as "Broadway at the Hollywood Bowl"), Great Performances, PBS, 1994
  • Yul Brynner: The Man Who Was King, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Latin Nights: An All-Star Celebration, ABC, 1995
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies, Arts and Entertainment, 1996
  • The Magic School Bus Family Holiday Special, PBS, 1996
  • Alan Alda: More Than Mr. Nice Guy, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Host, Women: First and Foremost, 1997
  • Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Carol Burnett, Lifetime, 1998
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Robert Wise, NBC, 1998
  • The Puerto Ricans: Our American Story, PBS, 1999
  • National Memorial Day Concert, PBS, 1999
  • Narrator, When It Was a Game III, HBO, 2000
  • Speak Truth to Power, PBS, 2000
  • Tito Puente: The King of Latin Music, PBS, 2001
  • Intimate Portrait: Rita Moreno, Lifetime, 2001
  • (In archive footage) Bourne to Dance, Channel 4, 2001
  • Also appeared in The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema, Cinemax.
  • Pilots
  • Anita Bente, Dominic's Dream, CBS, 1974
  • Maria Constanza, The Rita Moreno Show, CBS, 1978
  • Rita Barnes, Rita (also known as The Rita Moreno Show), CBS, 1986
  • Judge Flores, The Best Defense, ABC, 1995
  • Maria Portokalos (some sources cite Athena), My Big Fat Greek Life, CBS, 2003
  • Episodic
  • "Saint and Senorita," Fireside Theatre, NBC, 1952
  • Sonseeahray, "Broken Arrow," The 20th Century-Fox Hour, CBS, 1956
  • "Strange Sanctuary," Climax!, CBS, 1957
  • Francesca, "Spider Web," Climax!, CBS, 1958
  • Linda, "The Last Raid," Zane Grey Theatre, CBS, 1959
  • "The Samaritan," Trackdown, 1959
  • "The Town Is a Prisoner," Cimarron City, 1959
  • "Coat of Arms," Richard Diamond, Private Detective, NBC, 1960
  • Chulita, "El Bandido," Zorro, 1960
  • Chulita, "Adios, El Cuchillo," Zorro, 1960
  • "Vendetta," Adventures in Paradise, ABC, 1961
  • The Andy Williams Show, NBC, 1962
  • "The Spanish Sketch," The Jack Benny Program, 1963
  • Margaret Cowels, "Who Killed Julian Buck?," Burke's Law, 1963
  • Panelist, Password, 1964
  • "Dead End on Flugel Street," The Trials of O'Brien, 1965
  • "Who's Che Guevara?," Run for Your Life, 1967
  • "A Hard Road to Vengeance," Hec Ramsey, 1973
  • "May God Have Mercy," Medical Center, 1974
  • Rosa Dolores, "I'll Never Forget What's Her Name," On the Rocks, ABC, 1976
  • Herself and Tiffany Gonzales, The Muppet Show, syndicated, 1976
  • Leonor Carbajal, "The Witch of Four West," Westside Medical, 1978
  • Rita Capkovic, "The Paper Palace," The Rockford Files, NBC, 1978
  • Rita Capkovic, "Rosendahl and Gilda Stern Are Dead," The Rockford Files, NBC, 1978
  • Rita Capkovic, "The No-Fault Affair," The Rockford Files, NBC, 1979
  • "The Days of Wine and Leo" (also known as "Harold Russell Story"), Trapper John, M.D., 1981
  • Host, "Program 3," The Shape of Things, NBC, 1982
  • "China Cruise," The Love Boat, 1983
  • Mrs. Granger, "You Only Hurt the One You Love," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1987
  • Renee Corliss, "Empty Nests," The Golden Girls, 1987
  • Julie Forbes, "The Closed Set," Tales from the Hollywood Hills (also known as Great Performances), PBS, 1988
  • Congresswoman Madelyn Woods, "Miami Squeeze," Miami Vice, NBC, 1989
  • The Class of the 20th Century, Arts and Entertainment, 1992
  • Voice of Tanya Trunk, Bonkers (animated), syndicated, 1993
  • Senator Rhonda Hall, "While the Thomasons Slept in the Lincoln Room," Hearts Afire, 1993
  • Miss Wickervich/Mrs. Stone, "The Gym Teacher," The Nanny, CBS, 1994
  • Herself, "People's Choice," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1994
  • Jackie Lodge, "Who Killed the Gadget Man?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1995
  • Herself, "Women in Film," Women of the House, CBS, 1995
  • Dr. Nancy Goldman, "Ectomy, Schmectomy," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1997
  • Amanda Revere, "The Comeback," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1997
  • "The Truth Is in the Trash," Buddy Faro, 1998
  • Rosa, "La Visita (The Visit)," Resurrection Blvd., Showtime, c. 2000
  • Appeared as Nana, First Time Out; as Caroline Novack, The Guardian; and as voice of Dr. Carmina Skeledon, "The Busasaurus," The MagicSchool Bus (animated), PBS; also appeared in Playhouse 90, CBS, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, CBS, Strong Medicine, and When IWas a Girl.
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 34th Annual Academy Awards, 1962
  • The 25th Annual Grammy Awards, 1983
  • The 65th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1993
  • The 1997 Hispanic Heritage Awards, NBC, 1997
  • ALMA Awards, ABC, 1998
  • Presenter, The 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, NBC, 1998
  • The 70th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1998
  • Presenter, The 42nd Annual New York Emmy Awards, 1999
  • Presenter, The 30th NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 1999
  • The 1999 ALMA Awards, ABC, 1999
  • The 5th Annual ALMA Awards, ABC, 2000
  • Other
  • Renata Riguel, Evita Peron (miniseries), NBC, 1981
  • Orphans, Waifs, and Wards, CBS, c. 1981
  • Television Work
  • Provided additional voices for the animated series Raw Toonage.
  • Film Appearances
  • (As Rosita Moreno) Dolores, So Young, So Bad, 1950
  • Terru, Pagan Love Song, 1950
  • Tina, The Toast of New Orleans, 1950
  • Lucy, The Ring, 1952
  • The Fabulous Senorita (also known as Girl from Panama and An Old Spanish Custom), 1952
  • Queli, Cattle Town, 1952
  • Zelda Zanders, Singin' in the Rain, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1952
  • Soubrette, Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation (also known as Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Paris and Ma and Pa Kettle Hit the Road), 1953
  • Christina, Latin Lovers, 1953
  • Bridget Fitzgibbon, Fort Vengeance, 1953
  • Jura, El Alamein (also known as Desert Patrol), 1953
  • Honey Bear, The Yellow Tomahawk, 1954
  • Maroa, Jivaro (also known as Lost Treasure of the Amazon),1954
  • Singer, Garden of Evil, 1954
  • Ula, Seven Cities of Gold, 1955
  • Julia, Untamed, 1955
  • Tuptim, The King and I, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1956
  • Sandra Roberts, The Lieutenant Wore Skirts, 1956
  • Huguette, The Vagabond King, 1956
  • Hetty Hutter, The Deerslayer, 1957
  • Lola, This Rebel Breed (also known as The Black Rebels andThree Shades of Love), 1960
  • Anita, West Side Story, United Artists, 1961
  • Rosa Zacharias, Summer and Smoke, Paramount, 1962
  • Samar, 1962
  • Sisa, Cry of Battle (also known as To Be a Man), 1963
  • Hell of Borneo (also known as From Hell to Borneo), 1966
  • Vi, The Night of the Following Day, 1968
  • Lupe, Popi, 1969
  • Dolores Gonzales, Marlowe, 1969
  • Louise, Carnal Knowledge, Avco Embassy, 1971
  • Googie Gomez, The Ritz, Warner Bros., 1976
  • Der ruf der blonden Goettin (also known as Porno Shock), 1977
  • Esther, The Boss's Son, 1978
  • Lucille Pompi, Happy Birthday, Gemini, United Artists, 1980
  • Claudia Zimmer, The Four Seasons, Universal, 1981
  • Rita, Age Isn't Everything (also known as Life in the Food Chain), Live Home Video, 1991
  • Isabella, Italian Movie (also known as High Stakes), 1993
  • Rosaria Linares, I Like It Like That (also known as Blackout), Columbia, 1994
  • Herself, Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business (also known as Bananas Is My Business), 1994
  • Madame Rulenska, Angus (also known as Angus--Voll Cool), 1995
  • Belle Abramowitz, Slums of Beverly Hills, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Angela Torello, Carlo's Wake, Four Starz Productions, 1999
  • Maggie, Blue Moon, Castle Hill/Curb Entertainment, 2000
  • Miguel's mother, Pinero, Miramax, 2001
  • Senora Munoz, Casa de Los Babys, IFC Films, 2003
  • West Side Memories, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 2003
  • Stage Appearances
  • (New York debut) Angelina, Skydrift, Belasco Theatre, 1945
  • (London debut) Ilona Ritter, She Loves You, Lyric Theatre, 1964
  • Iris Parodus Brustein, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1964-1965
  • The Rose Tattoo, Chicago, IL, c. 1968
  • Sharon Falconer, Gantry, George Abbott Theatre, New York City, 1969-1970
  • Elaine Navazio, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, c. 1970-1971
  • Shoplifter, Detective Story, Shubert Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1973
  • Staff Nurse Norton, The National Health, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1973-1974, then Circle in the Square, New York City, 1974
  • Googie Gomez, The Ritz, Longacre Theatre, 1975
  • Serafina, The Rose Tattoo, Long Wharf Theatre, 1977
  • Louise, Wally's Cafe, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Olive Madeson, The Odd Couple, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City,1985-1986
  • The Glass Menagerie, Cherry County Playhouse, MI, 1991
  • Renne Shredman, After-Play, Theatre Four, New York City, 1995
  • Vivian Merkle, The Size of the World, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard, London, 1996
  • The Vagina Monologues, Westside Theatre Downstairs, New York City,then San Francisco, CA, both 2001
  • Appeared in regional performances of Gypsy, Steel Magnolias, The Taming of the Shrew, and A View from the Bridge.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • The Electric Company, Sesame Street, 1972
  • Media Portrayals of Latinos, National Public Radio, 1982
  • Videos
  • Host, Women First and Foremost, Monterey Home Video, 1996
  • Also appeared in an exercise video, 1990.
  • Audio Books
  • Narrator, Empress of the Splendid Season by Oscar Hijuelos, Harper-Audio, 1999

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Hispanic Biography, Volume 1, Gale, 2002
    • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000
    • Suntree, Susan, Rita Moreno, Chelsea House, 1993
    Periodicals
    • Back Stage, April 5, 1996, p. 5
    • Booklist, May 1, 1996, p. 1516
    • Celebrity Sleuth, Volume 3, issue 4, 1990, pp. 58-59
    • Entertainment Weekly, August 22, 1997, p. 117
    • Los Angeles, August, 1998, pp. 136-38
    • Publishers Weekly, February 1, 1999, p. 35
    • TV Guide, February 16, 2002, pp. 57-60
    • Variety, July 14, 1997, p. 34

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