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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Celebra (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451416376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451416377
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It's clear Rita Moreno was a pioneer in every aspect of her life.”—The Huffington Post

“Sure to inspire and empower, straight from our very own living legend and the original triple threat:  Rita Moreno.”—Being Latino
 

About the Author

Rita Moreno is one of the few artists to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. She has also received a Golden Globe Award and a National Medal of Honor. She recently concluded a sold-out run of her one-woman show, Life Without Makeup, at the Berkeley Repertory Theater in Berkeley, California, and regularly appears  in the television show, Happily Divorced.

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Very interesting and well written.
Nancy Francke
I really enjoyed Rita Moreno's book and felt much more informed after I read it.
Mary Judson
Pix were great and the love story between her and Marlon Brando.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 18, 2013
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Have loved her since 'West Side Story'. Very well-written. Great story of being a cherished little girl on one island, then suddenly being brought by her mother to the 'island of Manhattan' and the very different life she lived here. I felt, while reading, that Rita Moreno was in the room talking to me; being a long-time fan, I could hear her voice. I found the last 30 or 40 pages to be poignant and wise. Today is my 68th so I am at least old enough to recognize her honesty about her life; getting older is not so bad. The story of her childhood in Puerto Rico, her memories of the sounds and fragrances and warmth of her home, made me feel her physical and psychic pain at finding herself in a freezing cold winter in NYC. Her long affair with Brando and their lifelong friendship is beautifully presented. A wonderful book. As another reviewer said, well worth your time.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on March 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is more than the usual movie star "tell all." Filled with vivid coming of age tales about the immigrant Puerto Rican girl, her determined ascent into stardom, and her whirlwind romance with Marlon Brando. Tasteful and still juicy - just like the lady herself.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on April 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In a memoir that is affectionately dedicated to her daughter, Fernanda, stage and screen legend Rita Moreno takes readers from her tumultuous move from Puerto Rico to New York City as a small child through the trials and tribulations of a Hispanic woman trying to make it on Broadway and in Hollywood.

Moreno is one of the few performers to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, along with the National Medal of Honor. She recently concluded a one-woman show about her life entitled Life Without Makeup and currently appears on the television series "Happily Divorced" on TV Land.

No matter who you are, Moreno has probably touched your life in some way during her nearly eight decades of performing. I discovered her on the PBS children's educational series "The Electric Company," which typically aired after "Sesame Street" in the 1960s/70s. How surprised I was to find that she already had decades of experience under her belt, with a highlight being her glorious Oscar win for Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in 1961's West Side Story.

RITA MORENO tells the entire story of this incredible and determined woman. The memoir opens with a young girl, suffering from a deadly bout of chicken pox, in a run-down New York City hospital in 1936. She is practically right off the boat from Puerto Rico and barely speaks any English. Rosita Delores Alverio arrived in America with her mother, leaving behind a younger brother and large family in Puerto Rico. Young Rosita survived the chicken pox, but never got over the culture shock of leaving the Technicolor world of Puerto Rico for the dreary, black and white façade of NYC. She also did not realize then that she would never see her baby brother again.

Rosita loved to dance and was a natural entertainer.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Kasakitis on June 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Most of us probably know of Rita Moreno from her role as Anita in West Side Story. Her trademark? Being the Latina "spitfire." She's the "Hispanic Elizabeth Taylor." If you know anything else about her, it's probably that she's the first Hispanic woman to win the Oscar. Or more notably, that she's one of the only performers to EVER receive an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy. Well, now she can add best-selling author to that ever-growing list of talents. In her self-titled memoir, Moreno opens up about life on and off the screen, touching on family, love, loss and her tumultuous rise to fame. Quintessentially, she's the all-American dream.

Moreno's story is broken down into four parts, each one chronicling her evolution from humble little Rosita Dolores Alverio from Juncos into the sizzling songstress/screen siren, Rita Moreno. It's a tumultuous journey of insecurity, doubt, passion and self-discovery told in the most raw and honest of ways. In it, she describes the lush landscape of her native Puerto Rico, her struggle to break on to the Hollywood scene and her harrowing and debilitating relationship with bad boy, Marlon Brando. On the surface, Moreno's life seems so perfect but underneath it all it's one built atop broken promises --- by her mother and father, by Hollywood and by many lovers --- the strength she pulls from all these experiences though, that's what makes this book such an incredible one to read. Her story is as captivating as she herself is on screen.

You can really get a feel for Moreno's personality solely by looking at the way she tells her story --- it's exotic, wild, imaginative, vivid and rich with detail. As a reader, I became keenly aware of all of my senses and was atune to the world in an entirely new way.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By linda tavella on March 14, 2013
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Love this autobiography ofmRita Moreno. I was a little girl when I first saw West Side Story and was immediately a fan. Her honesty and candor are admirable. This book is very well written. Great job Rita.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a fascinating book written by a fascinating and still dazzling lady who reflects not only on her long and illustrious career that has spanned over five decades, but also her personal life. Moreno speaks with taste and candor as she discusses her life that took her from Puerto Rico to the mean streets of New York to Broadway and to Hollywood. She discusses her heartbreaking romance with Marlon Brando, her long marriage to a jewish psychiatrist, her husband's final illness and death, and the lows and highs during her career which still endures to this day.
I found this book to be well written and thoughtful. Each page was a revelation that held new surprises about this multi-faceted performer. Moreno's story is one that needed to be told and who better to tell it than the lady herself.
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