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Rita Moreno - A Memoir

Rita Moreno

In this luminous memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico to Hollywood legend-and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and two Emmys. Born Rosita Dolores Alverio in the idyll of Puerto Rico, Moreno, at age five, embarked on a harrowing sea voyage with her mother and wound up in the harsh barrios of the Bronx, where she discovered dancing, singing, and acting as ways to escape a tumultuous childhood. Making her Broadway debut by age thirteen-and moving on to Hollywood in its Golden Age just a few years later-she worked alongside such stars as Gary Cooper, Yul Brynner, and Ann Miller. When discovered by Louis B. Mayer of MGM, the wizard himself declared: "She looks like a Spanish Elizabeth Taylor." Cast by Gene Kelly as Zelda Zanders in Singin' in the Rain and then on to her Oscar-winning performance in West Side Story, she catapulted to fame-yet found herself repeatedly typecast as the "utility ethnic," a role she found almost impossible to elude. Here, for the first time, Rita reflects on her struggles to break through Hollywood's racial and sexual barriers. She explores the wounded little girl behind the glamorous façade-and what it took to find her place in the world. She talks candidly about her relationship with Elvis Presley, her encounters with Howard Hughes, and the passionate romance with Marlon Brando that drove her to attempt suicide. And she shares the illusiveness of a "perfect" marriage and the incomparable joys of motherhood. Infused with Rita Moreno's quick wit and deep insight, this memoir is the dazzling portrait of a stage and screen star who longed to become who she really is-and triumphed.

In this luminous memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico to Hollywood legend-and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and two Emmys. Born Rosita Dolores Alverio in the idyll of Puerto Rico, Moreno, at age five, embarked on a harrowing sea voyage with her mother and wound up in the harsh barrios of the Bronx, where she discovered dancing, singing, and acting as ways to escape a tumultuous childhood. Making her Broadway debut by age thirteen-and moving on to Hollywood in its Golden Age just a few years later-she worked alongside such stars as Gary Cooper, Yul Brynner, and Ann Miller. When discovered by Louis B. Mayer of MGM, the wizard himself declared: "She looks like a Spanish Elizabeth Taylor." Cast by Gene Kelly as Zelda Zanders in Singin' in the Rain and then on to her Oscar-winning performance in West Side Story, she catapulted to fame-yet found herself repeatedly typecast as the "utility ethnic," a role she found almost impossible to elude. Here, for the first time, Rita reflects on her struggles to break through Hollywood's racial and sexual barriers. She explores the wounded little girl behind the glamorous façade-and what it took to find her place in the world. She talks candidly about her relationship with Elvis Presley, her encounters with Howard Hughes, and the passionate romance with Marlon Brando that drove her to attempt suicide. And she shares the illusiveness of a "perfect" marriage and the incomparable joys of motherhood. Infused with Rita Moreno's quick wit and deep insight, this memoir is the dazzling portrait of a stage and screen star who longed to become who she really is-and triumphed.
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In this luminous memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico to Hollywood legend-and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and two Emmys. Born Rosita Dolores Alverio in the idyll of Puerto Rico, Moreno, at age five, embarked on a harrowing sea voyage with her mother and wound up in the harsh barrios of the Bronx, where she discovered dancing, singing, and acting as ways to escape a tumultuous childhood. Making her Broadway debut by age thirteen-and moving on to Hollywood in its Golden Age just a few years later-she worked alongside such stars as Gary Cooper, Yul Brynner, and Ann Miller. When discovered by Louis B. Mayer of MGM, the wizard himself declared: "She looks like a Spanish Elizabeth Taylor." Cast by Gene Kelly as Zelda Zanders in Singin' in the Rain and then on to her Oscar-winning performance in West Side Story, she catapulted to fame-yet found herself repeatedly typecast as the "utility ethnic," a role she found almost impossible to elude. Here, for the first time, Rita reflects on her struggles to break through Hollywood's racial and sexual barriers. She explores the wounded little girl behind the glamorous façade-and what it took to find her place in the world. She talks candidly about her relationship with Elvis Presley, her encounters with Howard Hughes, and the passionate romance with Marlon Brando that drove her to attempt suicide. And she shares the illusiveness of a "perfect" marriage and the incomparable joys of motherhood. Infused with Rita Moreno's quick wit and deep insight, this memoir is the dazzling portrait of a stage and screen star who longed to become who she really is-and triumphed.

Language:

English

Length:

9h 25m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:29


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

12:18


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

29:51


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

14:56


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

28:40


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

13:47


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

09:23


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

19:54


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

16:23


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

12:16


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

17:37


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

17:40


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

16:38


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

13:59


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

23:07


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

13:13


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

27:48


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

18:50


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

27:05


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

21:38


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

23:15


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

15:18


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

23:59


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

21:41


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

18:50


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

18:10


Part 4, Chapter 26
Part 4, Chapter 26

27:45


Part 4, Chapter 27
Part 4, Chapter 27

23:51


Part 4, Chapter 28
Part 4, Chapter 28

06:49


Part 4, Chapter 29
Part 4, Chapter 29

23:54


Part 4, Chapter 30
Part 4, Chapter 30

05:51


Part 4, Chapter 31
Part 4, Chapter 31

01:00