Thursday, December 11, 2008
Happy Birthday Rita
Growing up wanting to be an actress, I looked at not only my Black actresses for inspiration, also, other actresses of color. This lady always is at the top of the list for me. Very few actors win Oscars. Even fewer win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy. Rita Moreno is part of an exclusive club of nine performers who have achieved this honor.
This accomplished and beautiful Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy award winning Latina actress is 77 years young today. Go on, Rita. I remember Rita of course from her Oscar winning role in West Side Story as "Anita". Rita was one on the few Latina actresses I saw working consistently in movies and television.
Rita is a true trailblazer. She has talked openly about the racism she faced and how she did her best to battle on. Early in her career she was always cast as the "spicy spitfire" and sometimes other "exotic" role as she was in The King and I. Despite all of this, Miss Rita has carved out a long, full and successful career in film, theater and television. I respect this lady immensely. Rita Moreno is a true legend.
Now you know I had to leave a clip. I love this song.
BTW, Tonight my sweetie pie, Laurence Fishburne is joining the cast of CSI. I know it's the highest rated show. I've only seen one episode. Now, I have to start watching it with him on it. Also, thank you to everyone for your kind words during my break. I'm healing and doing better.