JAKE COYLEAP Film Writer
New York (AP) — Rita Moreno emigrated from Puerto Rico with her mother at the age of five. By 6 o’clock she was dancing at a nightclub in Greenwich Village. By the age of 16, she was working full time. By the age of 20, she had appeared in “Singin’in the Rain”.
“No one has ever met an American dream in a business that lived more than Rita Moreno,” Norman Lear said in the documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It.”
In the decades that followed, Moreno was awarded Tony, Grammy, Emmy, and Oscar for “West Side Story.” (Her overall acceptance speech: “I don’t believe it.”) In a seemingly endless spirit, she symbolizes the best show business while being a victim of its cruelty. As a result, Moreno, who co-stars in Steven Spielberg’s next remake of West Side Story, has become a hero to Latino Americans and others. “I’ve never given up,” she said in a recent interview with Zoom from her home in Berkeley, California.
The reason for the conversation was the intimate and exhilarating documentary of Mariem Perezliera. The documentary will take place on Friday at the theater and at the outdoor premiere of the Tribeca Film Festival, after being virtually screened at the Sundance Film Festival. The film begins with Moreno preparing a Cuban-themed party for his 87th birthday. “And I ask for costumes,” says the screen legend with a smile.
As bright as Moreno remains, “just the girl who decided to go for it” also frankly deals with many of the turmoil in Moreno’s life. A long and painful relationship with Marlon Brando. Abuse of her agent; trapped marriage.
Q & A: Rita Moreno about finding self-esteem and never giving up | Entertainment
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