Rita Moreno, 89, reportedly acting in roller skates before retiring
Is Rita Moreno retired? No. And stop asking! The iconic actor will be 90 in December 2021 and has no plans to step down. In fact, she’d rather use roller skates to get around the set than end her 70-year career due to her age. Moreno shared his feelings about retirement and Hollywood’s “deep” ageism issue in a recent interview. And just like the title of the documentary Moreno, Just a girl who decided to go, Moreno will continue until she can’t take it anymore.
Rita Moreno’s career spans 70 years
Moreno is on the shortlist of people who have EGOT, that is, who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many other accolades. Perhaps her most iconic role was Anita in West Side Story. She won an Oscar for her performance in 1962, making her the first Latinx person to win an acting Oscar. And 59 years later, she’s still the only Latinx actor to win an acting Oscar.
Moreno is Puerto Rican, making him one of the only suitably chosen actors in the 1961s. West Side Story. But even then, she had to wear makeup that darkened her skin. She looks back on the story of Steven Spielberg West Side Story remake, this time in a smaller role and as an executive producer. West Side Story hits theaters on December 10th. And Moreno will be 90 the next day. And she is not at all sick of working.
In an interview with Variety for its 2021 issue Power of Women, Moreno spoke out against ageism in Hollywood.
“Why should I play a grandmother just because I’m old?” ” she said. “Can I be a lawyer?” A scientist? So far the answer is… not so much. Hollywood suffers deeply from ageism.
RELATED: “West Side Story”: Rita Moreno reveals Steven Spielberg “completely” changed “America”
Rita Moreno will not retire
From his role in Sing in the rain through all its awards and now comes down to West Side Story, Moreno has decades of ups and downs to share with fans. Moreno was honored at the Variety’s Power of Women event in California on September 30. And in her speech, she recalled her decades-long career and how difficult it was to fulfill her dreams in the face of racism and sexism. She said:
“Given my background, feeling powerful is an important reality. Growing up as a young Latin American immigrant in a racist and patriarchal society, I honestly couldn’t even imagine what it might have been like. It was so out of reach. All I could muster was the inner strength to work towards my dream of becoming a successful actress. But the struggle was a daily reality and, unfortunately, sometimes it still is. “
Despite the difficulties she still faces, the One day at a time star refuses to slow down. Literally, she won’t stop acting unless she can no longer physically.
“I love what I do,” she told Variety. “The only way I can retire is if I can’t walk. And even then, there is still a wheelchair – or roller skates. “
RELATED: “West Side Story”: 1 small change of song created one of the best scenes in movie history – Will Steven Spielberg follow suit?
Rita Moreno documentary aired on PBS in October
Moreno’s illustrious career to be unveiled and celebrated in upcoming documentary Rita Moreno: Just a girl who decided to go. The film will air on PBS on October 5 as part of the American masters series. The film features interviews with Moreno as well as artists she inspired, such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Eva Longoria and Gloria Estefan. Morgan Freeman, Mitzi Gaynor, Whoopi Goldberg, Justina Machado, Terrence McNally and Karen Olivo also appear in the documentary.
Olivo won a Tony Award for playing Anita in the 2009 revival of West Side Story. Miranda also worked on the revival. Moreno told him Variety West Side Story The Oscar victory still shocks her today.
“It’s the last thing I expected,” she said. “It’s not something that you say to yourself, ‘Oh, this is going to get me an Oscar.’ At least I don’t think so. Maybe some actors can, but I certainly never thought in a million years that this little Puerto Rican girl was going to be nominated. “
Rita Moreno: Just a girl who decided to go airs Tuesday, October 5 at 9 p.m. EST on PBS.