Rita Moreno To Be Honoured With Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award

Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno will receive the SAG honour after her lifetime's solid career as a performer, according to Reuters. She has been performing for 70 years as a singer, dancer in actress in hundreds of films and not only is she the only Hispanic to have won the four major awards in the entertainment industry - the Emmys, the Grammys, the Oscars and the Tonys - but one of only 11 artists to have done so in the world.

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Rita Moreno Honoured For Her Career As An Actress.

Ms. Moreno will be the 50th to be honoured in this way by the organisation that represents at least 165,000 actors, broadcasters, dancers, recording artists and other performers; the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Ken Howard, the co-president of the guild known acronymically as SAG-AFTRA spoke warmly of the 81 year-old's timeless talent: "She is an extraordinarily versatile, talented and generous actor whose career is notable for its courageous choices and for the breadth, depth and quality of her many demanding and commanding roles."

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Puerto Rican Actress Rita Moreno Has Had A Long And Acclaimed Career.

Born Rosa Delores Alverió in 1931, she changed her name to her stepfather's 'Moreno' after she and her mother moved to New York, taking to Broadway fr the first time when she was just 13. She won a 'Best Supporting Actress' Academy Award for her role as Anita in the 1961 adaptation of West Side Story but, speaking to The Miami Herald in 2000, she spoke of how she overcame Hispanic stereotypes to garner Western acclaim: "What is interesting to me is having the vision so early and yet feeling so inferior to everybody else in the business for years and years because I believed I had to be subservient to anybody who wasn't Latino. Before West Side Story I was always offered the stereotypical Latina roles. The Conchitas and Lolitas in westerns. I was always barefoot. It was humiliating, embarrassing stuff. But I did it because there was nothing else. After West Side Story, it was pretty much the same thing. A lot of gang stories.''

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Moreno's Career As As Actress & Dancer Is Finally Honoured By The SAG's Most Prestigious Award.

The award show to present Ms. Moreno will take place on 18th January 2014 in Los Angeles and will additionally recognise the best performances of 2013 from film and television. Let's hope the star of the show is already planning her outfit!


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