EGOT winner Rita Moreno, 88, is a Puerto Rican actress, dancer, and singer. She came to the spotlight from West Side Story for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Moreno then appeared in numerous films and TV shows throughout her career of 76 years. Some of her notable work credits are The King and I, The Electric Company, Oz, Rio 2, Jane the Virgin, and several more.

How Rich Is Legendary Actress Rita Moreno?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Rita Moreno is worth $30 million as of November 2022. She garnered her million dollar fortune from her successful acting career.

Puerto Rican Dancer cum Actress Rita MorenoImage Source: Elle
Puerto Rican Dancer cum Actress Rita Moreno

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In the United States, an actor earns an average salary of $94,025 to $145,000 per year, depending on their experience and versatility.

Journey To Fame

Moreno learned dancing at a young age under Paco Cansino. At the age of 11, she lent her voice to Spanish versions of American films and made her Broadway debut from Skydrift, where she played Angelina.

She began her acting journey in the 1950s with minor roles on The Toast of New Orleans and Singin’ in the Rain.

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In 1961, Moreno got the role of Anita in West Side Story, a film adaption of Leonard Bernstein’s and Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical. For her outstanding performance, Moreno won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Moreno as Anita in West Side LoveImage Source: Ew
Moreno as Anita in West Side Love

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She appeared with a significant role in Summer and Smoke, starring Laurence Harvey and Geraldine Page. Some of her other film work credits are The Night of the Following Day, Popi, Marlowe, James Garner, Carnal Knowledge, The Ritz, and The Four Seasons.

Moreno made her television as Lola Montez on the TV western Tales of Wells Fargo. From 1971 to 1977, she appeared as a primary cast member on the PBS children’s series The Electric Company alongside Morgan Freeman, Judy Graubart, Skip Hinnant, and Jim Boyd.

In 1976, Moreno joined the cats of The Muppet Show as herself alongside Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, and Richard Hunt. From her role, she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. She also won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy for the show.

Moreno in The Muppet ShowImage Source: IMDB
Moreno in The Muppet Show

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Her other TV shows credits include The Spree, The Guardian, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Ugly Betty, Getting On, Jane the Virgin, One Day at a Time, Elena of Avalor, and Carmen Sandiego.

Where Does Rita Live?

As per reports, Moreno currently resides in San Francisco, California, where the median house price ranges around $1,299,000.

The Puerto Rican singer and her now late-husband built their 5,500 square feet cozy condo 16 years back.

Back in 2015, Rita listed her Malibu home for $2.6 million. The house features three bedrooms, a living room, a bar, a fireplace, and a dining room. The single-story cottage was last sold in 1971 for $48,000.

Rita Moreno: Short Biography

Rita Moreno was born Rosita Dolores Alverio on 11th December 1931 in Humacao, Puerto Rico, to Rosa Maria Marcano and Francisco Jose “Paco” Alverio. She holds American nationality and has Latin ancestry.

She spent most of her teenage in Valley Stream, New York, and Long Island alongside her mother and stepfather Edward Moreno.

Who Was Her Husband?

Moreno was married to Leonard Gordon, who was a cardiologist and her manager. They exchanged their wedding vows on 18th June 1965 and were together until his death on 30th June 2010.

Rita with her late husband LeonardoImage Source: Zimbio
Rita with her late husband Leonardo

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Together they shared a daughter named Fernanda Luisa Fisher.

Did You Know? Moreno dated late American singer Elvis Presley for a while.