~~May 24, 2019~~
My first memory of this Puerto Rican national treasure was when she appeared in movie ‘West Side Story’.
Little did I know about the importance of the plot and of her performance. Least of all did I know how she has always represented Puerto Rico implacably!
Abbreviation for Peabody, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony awards.
Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rican actress, dancer and singer.
Her career has spanned over 70 years.
Among her notable acting work are supporting roles in the musical films The King and I and West Side Story, as well as a 1971–77 stint on the children’s television series The Electric Company, and a supporting role on the 1997–2003 TV drama Oz.
Rita Moreno just made history
The 87-year-old performer was honored with the Peabody Career Achievement Award, presented by Mercedes-Benz, at the 78th Annual Peabody Awards in New York City on Saturday, May 18.
The award makes Moreno the first Latina to achieve PEGOT status, having previously won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
Barbra Streisand and film director Mike Nichols are the other two PEGOT winners.
“I am keenly aware of the high value Peabody places on storytelling and I am humbled that you consider the story of my life and career worthy,” Moreno said in her acceptance speech at the Ronan Farrow-hosted event, receiving a standing ovation.
The legendary actress recalled how she fought to break down barriers in the industry after moving to New York City from Puerto Rico at the age of five with her mother, a “sweatshop seamstress.”
“She knew the prick of every pin,” Moreno said of her mother.
“My fame is her fame therefore this beautiful precious honor is also in her honor.”
~~ Published on Oct 18, 2017~~
Rita Moreno is the FIRST Latina to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.
“I really don’t think of myself as a role model. But it turns out that I am to a lot of the Hispanic community. Not just in show business but in life. But that’s what happens when you’re the first, right?”
NOW SHE HAS A ‘PEABODY’
~~Uploaded on May 22, 2019~~
During her acceptance speech, she honored her mother, who made Moreno’s costumes when she was a child and worked tirelessly as a seamstress in New York. “My fame is her fame,” Moreno says. “Therefore, this beautiful, precious honor is also in her honor.”
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