Rita Moreno, the OG (Original Glamour), the dynamo of diversity, and the embodiment of showbiz sass! From West Side Story to Fast X. She we an American public figure and a national treasure. This Puerto Rican powerhouse has not just conquered Hollywood; she’s rewritten the rulebook. Let’s dive into the fabulous top 7 moments that define the incomparable Rita Moreno:
1. West Side Story Wonders Rita Moreno didn’t just break records; she shattered glass ceilings as Anita in the 1961 ‘West Side Story.’ Winning an Academy Award, she proved that age is just a number, and sass is forever. Check out the Oscar-winning magic.
2. Popi, Poverty, and Puerto Rican Power Popi, the tale of a Puerto Rican widower navigating the harsh realities of Spanish Harlem, became Moreno’s canvas to paint brilliance. She danced through the challenges of poverty, proving that even in the toughest times, sass is the best accessory.
3. Singin’ in the Rain – Zip Girl Extraordinaire In the classic ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ Rita Moreno stole the show as Zelda Zanders, the “Zip Girl” with a zip in her step and sass in her heart. Alongside Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, she showed us that sometimes, a little rain can’t dampen a diva’s spirit.
4. The King, The Governess, and the Sassy Clash In ‘The King and I,’ Moreno took on the challenge of taming the stubborn King Mongkut of Siam. Clash of personalities? More like a clash of epic sass! Teaching English and throwing parties – all in a day’s work for our Rita.
5. Carmen Sandiego’s Suave Sidekick Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? She’s wherever Rita Moreno’s suave Spanish accent takes her. Voicing the iconic character, Moreno brought the perfect blend of sass and sophistication to the world of animated heists.
6. One Day at a Time – Matriarch Magic In the Netflix remake of ‘One Day at a Time,’ Rita Moreno ruled as the matriarch of a Latino family navigating modern-day challenges. She proved that juggling family drama and real-world issues is a piece of cake when you’ve got sass in your genes.
7. Fast X Featurette – Rita’s Roaring Return In the Fast X Featurette of 2023, Rita Moreno showed us that she’s not just about awards; she’s about owning the screen with unapologetic charisma. Awards may not have followed, but who needs trophies when you’re dripping in sass?
Here’s to Rita Moreno, the unsinkable ship in the stormy seas of Hollywood. A living legend who doesn’t just age like fine wine but adds a splash of sass to every cinematic sip. We salute you, Rita, for 70 years of making the world a sassier, classier place!