Magazine article Variety

Iconic Rita Moreno Feels a Responsibility to Her Roots

Magazine article Variety

Iconic Rita Moreno Feels a Responsibility to Her Roots

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RITA moreno has no regrets in life. Because "what happened, happened. You're wasting your time saying 'if only Regrets are like a tyranny!" says the legendary actress and singer, whose lifetime achievements are being recognized with Variety Latino's firstever Legacy Award.

The 84-year-old Puerto Rican has been active in the entertainment industry since age 11, when she got her fist gig dubbing Spanish-language versions of English-lingo American films. With more than 65 films, over 80 series, two studio albums and a memoir in her repertoire, there is no stopping Moreno. Up next for the star is playing one of the leads in the remake of Norman Lear's classic "One Day at a Time" which premieres on Netflix in January.

"I'm doing what I want to do and I'm very happy about that. I just want to do more of what I have always done. ... All I want out of life right now is a second season for 'One Day at a Time,' " she says.

Moreno's most iconic role was Anita in the classic 1961 film "West Side Story," which earned her an Academy Award for supporting actress. She was the first Latina actress to win the Oscar, making her a pioneer who opened the doors for the new generations of Latino actors in Hollywood.

"The door for Latinos is no longer closed," she says. "The door is not completely open either. The situation has improved enormously, but we still have a way to go. Actresses of Latin descent still need to be offered some really seriously good roles.

"Young people ask me all the time, 'How come we never get nominated for Oscars? …

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