Rita Moreno: A Memoir Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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In this luminous memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico to Hollywood legend - and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and two Emmys.
Born Rosita Dolores Alverio in the idyll of Puerto Rico, Moreno, at age five, embarked on a harrowing sea voyage with her mother and wound up in the harsh barrios of the Bronx, where she discovered dancing, singing, and acting as ways to escape a tumultuous childhood. Making her Broadway debut by age 13 - and moving on to Hollywood in its Golden Age just a few years later - she worked alongside such stars as Gary Cooper, Yul Brynner, and Ann Miller.
When discovered by Louis B. Mayer of MGM, the wizard himself declared: "She looks like a Spanish Elizabeth Taylor." Cast by Gene Kelly as Zelda Zanders in Singin’ in the Rain and then on to her Oscar-winning performance in West Side Story, she catapulted to fame - yet found herself repeatedly typecast as the "utility ethnic", a role she found almost impossible to elude.
Here, for the first time, Rita reflects on her struggles to break through Hollywood’s racial and sexual barriers. She explores the wounded little girl behind the glamorous facade - and what it took to find her place in the world. She talks candidly about her relationship with Elvis Presley, her encounters with Howard Hughes, and the passionate romance with Marlon Brando that drove her to attempt suicide. And she shares the illusiveness of a "perfect" marriage and the incomparable joys of motherhood.
Infused with Rita Moreno’s quick wit and deep insight, this memoir is the dazzling portrait of a stage and screen star who longed to become who she really is - and triumphed.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 25 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||05 March 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 108,521 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
120 in Film History & Criticism
145 in Cultural & Regional Biographies (Audible Books & Originals)
606 in Film History
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Was I ever overwhelmed with what she wrote. She is such a wonderful down to earth person who has worked so hard over the years, and now into her eighties...She really told us more then we should've known. Her life with her only husband, and what she went through at the end, when he had health problems. Rita is a real wonderful human being...very dedicated to people all around her.
Her wonderful movie roles, and lately TV work are so good... She is a real prize! This is a good book...Enjoy.
I was glad I ordered it.