THURSDAY’S 6/24 SCREENING OF “RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT” IS SOLD OUT.
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ABOUT THE FILM:
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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|6:30 PM:||Venue Opens|
|7:30 PM:||Live Music By Mel|
|Run time:||89 mins|
|Director:||Mariem Pérez Riera|
|Producers:||Mariem Pérez Riera & Brent Miller, p.g.a.|
|Cast:||George Chakiris, Héctor Elizondo, Gloria Estefan, Tom Fontana, Morgan Freeman, Mitzi Gaynor, Whoopi Goldberg, Norman Lear, Eva Longoria, Justina Machado, Terrence McNally, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rita Moreno, and Karen Olivo|
This paean to the trailblazing Puerto Rican actress is also a case study in the highs and lows of showbiz for a woman of color.
From "West Side Story" to Marlon Brando, the Puerto Rican-American icon gets an illuminating, peppy, and reverent documentary.