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Rita Moreno


Rita Moreno

Award-winner Rita Moreno shares favorite songs and stories

Rita MorenoOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Rita Moreno, who will be saluted in January at the annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards, will appear at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in Yardley Hall.

Tickets, which are $125, $60 and $50, are available through the college box office at 913-469-4445 or online at

An Evening with Rita Moreno will feature Moreno's favorite songs and stories, with virtuoso performances of classic songs forever associated with her career. Those songs and performances are part of why she was chosen to receive the SAG Life Achievement Award.

"She is a magnificent actor and I am honored to join all SAG-AFTRA members in recognizing the incomparable Rita Moreno," said Ken Howard, co-president of Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, in announcing the selection in July.

Moreno, who will appear with a trio, has been performing on stage and screen for more than 50 years. She is perhaps most recognized for her role as the spitfire Anita in in the film version of West Side Story. She won an Oscar for it in 1962.

Rita MorenoMoreno is one of only nine performers (and the only Hispanic) to win an Oscar, the Grammy, the Emmy and the Tony.

In Rita Moreno, A Memoir, released this spring, Moreno recounts how she and her mother arrived in New York from Puerto Rico when she was 5 and how she made her Broadway debut at age 13. She talks about her struggles to break through Hollywood's racial and gender barriers. She also explains her relationship with Elvis Presley and how her love for Marlon Brando drove her to attempt suicide.

Among Moreno's significant films are Singin' in the Rain starring Gene Kelly, The King and I with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr and The Night of the Following Day with Brando. Her television hits include The Electric Company on PBS and HBO's Oz.

Moreno's stage career includes starring roles on both sides of the Atlantic. In London, she appeared in Hal Prince's 1962 production of She Loves Me and in the 1997 West End run of Sunset Boulevard. In New York, she starred in Lorraine Hansbury's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, opposite Robert Shaw in Gantry and with Jimmy Coco in The Last of the Red Hot Lovers.