Rita Moreno Fast Facts

Actor Rita Moreno speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California.

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of award-winning actress, singer and dancer Rita Moreno.


Birth date: December 11, 1931
Birth place: Humacao, Puerto Rico; raised in New York, New York
Birth name: Rosita Dolores Alverio
Father: Paco Alverio, a farmer
Mother: Rosa Maria Alverio, a garment worker
Marriage: Leonard Gordon (June 18, 1965-June 30, 2010, his death)
Children: Fernanda Luisa (October 28, 1966)

Other Facts

Her parents divorced, and she and her mother moved to New York. Her mother later remarried Edward Moreno.
First began speaking English when she entered elementary school.
She was the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award. She also has six Emmy nominations and two wins, a Grammy and a Tony.
She is one of an elite few known as EGOT winners. They have all won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
Believing Judy Garland would win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "Judgment at Nuremberg," Moreno did not prepare a speech. Upon winning for her role in "West Side Story," she said, "I can't believe it! Good Lord! I leave you with that."
Her late husband, Leonard Gordon, was also her manager and a retired cardiologist.