Rita Moreno, Happy Birthday,

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At the age of 11, Rita Moreno began her acting career dubbing voices for Spanish-language versions of American films. She had her debut in 1950’s “So Young So Bad”, her performances always rang true and her ability to dance and sing gave her film-work through the 50’s and early 60’s.  Highlights for the young actress in her early years, were “Singin’ in the Rain”, 1952 and in 1956, ‘The King and I”. Unfortunately we are deprived of untold roles that Ms. Moreno could have stamped her vivacity, charm and sincerity with, because of  racism within Hollywood, yet she did not let that stop her, winning key parts that finally led her to becoming the first Hispanic woman to win an Oscar, for West Side Story, 1961.

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By C. S. Williams

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