Accessibility Links

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It

1h 29m Documentary 2021

Over a 70+ year career, Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing and relentless racism to become a celebrated and beloved actor, one of the rare EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) Award Winners of our time.

Born into poverty on a Puerto Rican farm, Moreno and her seamstress mother immigrated to New York City when Moreno was five years old. After studying dance and performing on Broadway, Moreno was cast as any ethnic minority the Hollywood studios needed filled, be it Polynesian, Native American or Egyptian. Despite becoming the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award for her role as Anita in “West Side Story” (1961), the studios continued to offer Moreno lesser roles as stereotypical ethnic minorities, ignoring her proven talent.

“This charming documentary is more than an IMDb-scroll come to life, avoiding the usual pitfalls of generic biopics thanks in no small part to Moreno’s surprising candor and vulnerability.” Jude Dry, IndieWire



Closed Captions [CC]

English [cc]




NBC Universal

You may also like

1h 58m Documentary, Music, Biography 2021
In the Heights
2h 23m Drama, Music, Musical 2021
Love, Marilyn
1h 47m Documentary, Biography 2012
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
1h 29m Documentary, Biography, History 2018

Download the app to view your purchased content!