In this luminous memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico to Hollywood legendand one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and two Emmys.Born Rosita Dolores Alverio in the idyll of Puerto Rico, Moreno, at age five, embarked on a harrowing sea voyage with her mother and wound up in the harsh barrios of the Bronx, where she discovered dancing, singing, and acting as ways to escape a tumultuous childhood Making her Broadway debut by age thirteenand moving on to Hollywood in its Golden Age just a few years latershe worked alongside such stars as Gary Cooper, Yul Brynner, and Ann Miller.When discovered by Louis B Mayer of MGM, the wizard himself declared She looks like a Spanish Elizabeth Taylor Cast by Gene Kelly as Zelda Zanders in Singin in the Rain and then on to her Oscar winning performance in West Side Story, she catapulted to fameyet found herself repeatedly typecast as the utility ethnic, a role she found almost impossible to elude.Here, for the first time, Rita reflects on her struggles to break through Hollywoods racial and sexual barriers She explores the wounded little girl behind the glamorous faadeand what it took to find her place in the world She talks candidly about her relationship with Elvis Presley, her encounters with Howard Hughes, and the passionate romance with Marlon Brando that drove her to attempt suicide And she shares the illusiveness of a perfect marriage and the incomparable joys of motherhood.Infused with Rita Morenos quick wit and deep insight, this memoir is the dazzling portrait of a stage and screen star who longed to become who she really isand triumphed....
|Title||:||Rita Moreno: A Memoir|
|Publisher||:||Celebra March 5, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
|File Size||:||596 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Rita Moreno: A Memoir Reviews
Have loved her since 'West Side Story'. Very well-written. Great story of being a cherished little girl on one island, then suddenly being brought by her mother to the 'island of Manhattan' and the very different life she lived here. I felt, while reading, that Rita Moreno was in the room talking to me; being a long-time fan, I could hear her voice. I found the last 30 or 40 pages to be poignant and wise. Today is my 68th so I am at least old enough to recognize her honesty about her life; getting older is not so bad. The story of her childhood in Puerto Rico, her memories of the sounds and fragrances and warmth of her home, made me feel her physical and psychic pain at finding herself in a freezing cold winter in NYC. Her long affair with Brando and their lifelong friendship is beautifully presented. A wonderful book. As another reviewer said, well worth your time.
I really loved and enjoyed reading this book about Rita Moreno. Being Puerto Rican myself makes me proud of her for all the hard work she went through to get to where she is. She has won every reward possible. She's a fantastic dancer and actress. I loved "West Side Story" and her acting and dancing in it was absolutely wonderful. I haven't seen all of her movies but I've seen most of them which I've enjoyed.
I love Rita Moreno. This book is a good memoir of her life up to a few years ago. It doesn't go into great detail on most things, for example it just mentions that she got a job with a new TV show for kids (The electric company) that her young daughter was thrilled with. But that was the extent of the information on it. Its a good read that brushes the top of most aspects we know about Ms. Moreno.
I'll admit - this book hadn't even been on my radar until I saw Ms. Moreno give an interview on the local NBC station here in NYC. I think she's a fine actress and even had the occasion to meet her once many years ago at an acting seminar (she said to me, "just don't call me Chita Rivera," which I thought was very funny). However she just wasn't one of my "favorite" stars. That was, however, until I read this book. Moreno paints such a colorful portrait of her life in Puerto Rico, and subsequently NYC, that you feel transported - it's so vivid, it's like technicolor. She shared a unique view with her experience growing up Puerto Rican in the first part of the 20th century and her struggles first being poor, then to become an actress. You really root for her - even though you know, all turned out with great success. She also talks in depth about her relationships, including a lengthy and tumultuous one with Marlon Brando that makes one reflect too on the meaning and purpose of a healthy, loving relationship. She also speaks frankly about her suicide attempt and I think provides perspective for anyone who may be struggling. A fantastic book - I'm so glad I decided to download it - and now of course I've made a special spot for Ms. Moreno among my "favorite" stars. Make room Judy, Liza, Elaine, Doris, Marlene and Eartha. There's a new girl in town.
Loved Rita Moreno since seeing her onstage in the early 60s, so devoured this. Her occasional TV roles earned her more Emmies than I realized. Some life! First to win the four "biggies" of stage-TV screen- film world, and I never saw her in a role that diminished her Puerto Rican heritage as is true of many ethnic actors. And WOW how about that longtime romance-to- friendship w/Brando?Would love to re-view the CSI Criminal Intent episodes where she portrayed "Bobby's" mad mom: they were fab together! Good memoir of a true professional, a likable woman!
I originally heard Mrs. Moreno's memoir as an audiobook (read by the author) but wanted a hard copy for my library.
I grew up in the 70s but remember loving West Side Story the very first time I saw it. Ms. Moreno is a big part of why I still can't turn the channel whenever I'm lucky enough to catch it on tv. Her life story is fascinating and her love affair with Marlon Brando was not only surprising, but made me want wish I had been able to have a roll with him myself LOL! She also brings the Hollywood racism issue to light but not in a way that sounds like she's bitter - just wiser. I loved this book and had difficulty putting it down. I saw her in a movie several years ago ("I Like It Like That") where she played the mother of a bike messenger and it was so good to see her again. I hope this book reminds the powers that be out there in lala land that Ms. Moreno is still a vibrant, talented, beautiful actress who should be seen on the big screen again.
Interesting story of a Puerto Rican girl who came to New York and became a Movie Star. But it is more than that. It is the story of a woman's life, the struggles and the joys that all of us experience but on a grander scale. It is an exciting story because of who her life touches and entwines. One can relate to the girl/woman who bares her soul because who hasn't loved in vain or desired to be loved. Rita/ Rosita the winner of multiple awards grabs your interest with the intimate details of her life.