Rita was a cast member of the Children's Television Workshop show "The Electric Company." Her catch phrase was, "Hey You Guys!!!!." She was a cast member with Morgan Freeman, Jr.
When her star was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she fell on top of it, openly and uncontrollably weeping. She later commented, "I had been dreaming of this day since I was six!"
In 1945, Rita landed her first movie role in A Medal for Benny. She was fourteen years old at the time.
At the age of seventeen, at the request of MGM studio, Rosita shortened her name to Rita, and decided to use the surname of her mother's third husband, Moreno.
When she was only seven years old, Rita made her first public dance performance in a night club in Greenwhich Village.
Her nickname is Rosita.
In 1999, Rita was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award, for her performance in HBO's drama Oz.
In 1962, Rita won an Golden Laurel Award for her performance in West Side Story.
Rita was nominated three times for an Image Award (1999, 2000 & 2003), for her performance in HBO's drama Oz.
In October 2000, Rita won an award from the National Osteoporosis Foundation for raising awareness of osteoporosis.
Rita's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is placed at 7083 Hollywood Blvd.
In June 2004, President George W. Bush awarded Rita with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Rita moved to New York at the age of five.
Eva Longoria once said that Rita was her role model while growing up.
In April 2002, Rita moved to Berkeley, California with her husband.
She is 5' 2½" (1.59 m).
Her favorite movie is Citizen Kane from 1941.
Rita got married to Lenny Gordon on June 18, 1956. They have 1 child.
Rita Moreno holds the distinct honor of having won an Academy Award (supporting actress in West Side Story), 2 Emmys (guest actress on The Rockford Files & The Muppet Show) (, a Grammy (children's recording for the Electric Company album) and a Tony (supporting actress for The Ritz). She is one of three actresses to have won all four awards (Helen Hayes and Audrey Hepburn). In addition to these awards she has also been awarded a Golden Globe (supporting actress in West Side Story) and a BAFTA, the award for achievement in British film and theatre (for The Ritz).
Rita: I am Latin and know what it is to feel alone and ignored because you are different.
Rita: (at the beginning of her career; about playing innocent people) The more I played those dusky innocents, the worse I felt inside.
Rita: This is my idea of heaven, coming home and watching the news.
Rita: (about osteoporosis) It is very important that women of this country be made aware of the dangers of osteoporosis in the sense that it is a silent and invisible disease with no symptoms whatsoever.
Rita: Bigger than life is not difficult for me. I am bigger than life.