2019 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence
Rita Moreno has won all four of the most prestigious awards in show business: an Oscar, a Tony, two Emmys, and a Grammy. Her countless credits span more than six decades, beginning with her Broadway debut at age 13. Moreno has starred on Broadway and London’s West End; appeared in more than 40 feature films, and countless television shows; and has performed in numerous regional theaters including her one woman show, Life Without Makeup at Berkeley Rep.
For three seasons, Moreno starred in the widely popular Latino remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom, One Day at a Time on Netflix. Recently, she signed on to be an executive producer on the Steven Spielberg remake of West Side Story, a film in which she is also co-starring. When she is not shooting a TV show or film, Rita lectures and/or performs as a guest artist with symphony orchestras across the country.
Moreno received the Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American culture and was honored by her peers as the 50th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. In 2015 she released her first ever all-Spanish language album, Una Vez Más, produced by Emilio Estefan. Moreno is also a New York Times bestselling author with her first book, Rita Moreno: A Memoir published by Celebra Books.
Moreno was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush, the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama and this month received the Peabody Career Achievement Award.