Rita Moreno is an actress, dancer, and singer with nearly 70 years of experience in the entertainment world. Rita Moreno has a net worth of $10 million. Among her notable credits are the film musicals “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The King and I,” and “West Side Story,” for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Moreno is one of the rare people to win the EGOT award (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony).
The Formative Years
Rita Moreno was born Rosa Dolores Alvero Marcano on December 11, 1931, in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Her mother, Rosa Mara, was a seamstress, and her father, Francisco José Alvero, was a farmer. Moreno’s younger brother is Francisco Moreno. When Moreno was a child, she relocated to New York City with her mother. Shortly after arriving, she began taking dance classes from a Spanish dancer. When Moreno was 11 years old, she began making Spanish-language dubs of American films. At the age of 13, she made her Broadway debut in “Skydrift,” which garnered the attention of Hollywood talent scouts. At the time, Moreno was a resident of Valley Stream, Long Island.
Rita Moreno’s net worth
Rita Moreno has been an actress, dancer, and singer for almost 70 years. Rita Moreno has a $10 million net worth. She is most known for her roles in “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The King and I,” and “West Side Story,” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Moreno is one of the rare people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award in the same year.
Filmmaking as a Career
In the closing years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Moreno began her career in the film industry. She appeared in three MGM musicals in 1950, including “The Toast of New Orleans” and “Pagan Love Song.”
Moreno played Zelda Zanders, a silent cinema star, in the musical comedy “Singin’ in the Rain,” alongside Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. Moreno’s career soared in the decade after the 1950s, with roles in films such as The Fabulous Senorita, The Vagabond King, The Deerslayer, and Fort Vengeance, as well as Latin Lovers, Jivaro, and a host of others.
She thought the majority of her roles were stereotypically Hispanic at the time, which made her uncomfortable. She played a Burmese concubine in the film “The King and I.”
Anita in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical “West Side Story” was Moreno’s most well-known role. For her role in the film, Moreno was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. Summer and Smoke and Cry of Battle” were her last albums before she took a self-imposed break from the entertainment world.
In 1965, Moreno married Leonard Gordon, a physician who also happened to be her manager. Gordon passed away in 2010, but the couple remained married till then. They had a daughter together, Fernanda.
In addition to her EGOT, Moreno has won other awards, including multiple lifetime achievement awards. She has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Peabody Award.