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Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It

97% on Rotten Tomatoes

NY Times Critic’s Pick

“This 89-year-old stage and screen legend has refreshingly few qualms about saying exactly what she thinks” –Los Angeles Times

“Shares Moreno’s power as an activist and an EGOT-winning performer who continues to break barriers as an 87-year-old…”-Chicago Reader

“It’s almost hard to believe that the radiant Moreno we see in the film – who at 89 continues to epitomize that ineffable and rare quality we call star power – was ever restrained.”-NY Times

“It makes you feel both the highs and lows of being such a trailblazer in Hollywood.” –RogerEbert.com


Over a 70+ year career, Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing and relentless racism to become a celebrated and beloved actor, one of the rare EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) Award Winners of our time. Born into poverty on a Puerto Rican farm, Moreno and her seamstress mother immigrated to New York City when Moreno was five years old. After studying dance and performing on Broadway, Moreno was cast as any ethnic minority the Hollywood studios needed filled, be it Polynesian, Native American, or Egyptian. Despite becoming the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award for her role as Anita in “West Side Story” (1961), the studios continued to offer Moreno lesser roles as stereotypical ethnic minorities, ignoring her proven talent.

RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT illuminates the humor and the grace of Moreno, as well as lesser-known struggles faced on her path to stardom, including pernicious Hollywood sexism and abuse, a toxic relationship with Marlon Brando, and serious depression a year before she emerged an Oscar winner. Moreno’s talent and resilience triumphed over adversity, as she broke barriers, fought for representation and forged the path for new generations of artists.

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