Rita Moreno, Brown Distinguished Lecture
January 25, 2018 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Location: Jackson Auditorium
Octogenarian Rita Moreno remains one of the busiest stars in show business. She currently stars in the critically-acclaimed Latino remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom, "One Day at a Time," which is now streaming on Netflix. Prior to that, she appeared in guest-starring roles on series such as, "Getting On," "Jane The Virgin," "Grey’s Anatomy," and "Grace and Frankie."
Moreno was born Rosita Dolores Alverio in Humacao, a small town near the Puerto Rican rain forest. At age 5, she moved to New York City with her mother where the precocious child soon began dance lessons. She made her Broadway debut at 13 and then in true Hollywood tradition, a talent scout spotted her and arranged for the teen to meet MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer, who signed her to a film contract.
Moreno frequently travels for concerts and lectures and such creative diversity has been the hallmark of her 70-year career. She belongs to an elite group of only 12 living performers who have won entertainment’s grand slam of the industry's most prestigious awards: The Oscar, The Emmy, The Tony and The Grammy (the EGOT). Her Oscar came in 1962 when she starred as the Latina spitfire, Anita in "West Side Story" for which she also won The Golden Globe. The Tony win was for her 1975 comedic triumph as Googie Gomez in Broadway's "The Ritz." Her Grammy was for her 1972 performance on "The Electric Company Album," based on the long-running children's television series. She won not one, but two Emmys: the first for a 1977 variety appearance on "The Muppet Show" and the following year for a dramatic turn on "The Rockford Files."
Other significant film appearances include: "The Night of the Following Day" with Marlon Brando, "Marlowe, with James Garner," and "Popi" with Alan Arkin. Her diverse regional theatre roles include Lola in "Damn Yankees," Anne Sullivan in "The Miracle Worker," Doris in "The Owl," and the Pussycat and Mama Rose in "Gypsy." In 2007, she starred in the CBS series "Cane" and was one of the leads in the highly-acclaimed HBO series "OZ." She currently lends her voice to the character Abuelita in the children’s animated series, "Nina’s World," which airs on the Sprout Network.
Moreno fills her spare time by lecturing to various organizations and university audiences on such varied topics as The Value of Diversity to our Culture, The Power of Language, Getting Older without Getting Old, and A History of the Arts in Film TV & Theatre. She is also involved with a number of civic and charitable organizations and events.
In December 2015, she received the Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American culture. Prior to that Moreno served as the Grand Marshal of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City. She has served on The National Endowment for the Arts and as a Commissioner for The President’s White House Fellowships. She has served as a member of The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and was recently honored by her peers as the 50th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.
Moreno will be signing copies of her memoir afterwords. Copies can be purchased in the TLU Bookstore.
This event is free and open to the public.
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