Rita Moreno Tribute
University of Southern California
University Park Campus
Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
One of the most prolific Latino artists of our time, Rita Moreno has won all of the entertainment industry’s most prestigious awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, not to mention a Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts. Creative diversity has been the hallmark of Moreno’s nearly 70-year career, notably including Singin’ in the Rain, The King and I and West Side Story. In addition to performing, Moreno has served as a commissioner for the President’s White House Fellowships and as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
Born in Puerto Rico, Moreno moved with her mother to New York at age five and made her Broadway debut at thirteen. MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer signed her to a film contract when she was still a teenager, and the rest is Hollywood history. In 2013, Moreno recounted that history in a best-selling memoir. Moreno will talk about her life and luminous career with USC English professor David Román.
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