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Rita Moreno memoir in the works

By CB Online Staff

Puerto Rican actor, singer and dancer Rita Moreno is penning a memoir spanning from her early childhood in Humacao to the top ranks of show business.

The autobiography of the Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony award winner, which remains untitled, is due in winter 2013. It is being published by Celebra Books, a division of Penguin Group (USA).

In her memoir, Moreno will write about “moving from Puerto Rico to New York as a young girl, discovering singing and dancing, acting in television shows like ‘Electric Company’ and ‘Oz,’ her Oscar-winning role in ‘West Side Story,’ dealing with discrimination throughout her career, and coming to terms with her heritage and ‘otherness’ in Hollywood,” according to a press release.

She will also share stories about dating Elvis Presley and Howard Hughes, the tumultuous romance with Marlon Brando that ended in her suicide attempt, and the joy of her 45-year marriage.

“I was born Rosita Dolores, became Rita, and was serially cast as Latina, Thai, Native American Indian, Eastern Indian, Gypsy, and Cajun,” Moreno said in a statement. “I played a generic ethnic maiden with an all purpose foreign accent. I was a spit-fire so long, it is now time to Flame-Out!”

Moreno’s first picture was “So Young, So Bad,” which was subtitled “What Made Them this Way?”

“I went on to dance with Gene Kelly, seduce Laurence Harvey (on screen), ‘service’ Yul Brynner and Jack Nicholson, and mingle with the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner and Clark Gable,” Moreno said. “I am still kicking my 80-year-old legs and my career and life have never been better! After all the tumult of pretending to be someone else and a near fatal affair with Marlon Brando, I have landed on my feet — on stage and off. Happy at last in my own skin, I am Rosita Dolores from Puerto Rico, and proud of it!”

Moreno was most recently seen on stage in the critically acclaimed, extended engagement of “Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup,” a music-kissed biographical show, at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Moreno is the only Hispanic and one of the few performers who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony, and was the second Puerto Rican to win an Academy Award.


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