“I revert to Rosita Dolores — the little Puerto Rican girl who dreamt to someday somehow be doing exactly what I’m doing right now,” Moreno said in her acceptance speech. “I would just love to take the hand that led to that boat headed to America for a better life and say, ‘Mommy, look at me.’ ” Moreno finished her speech by singing the Pied Piper of Hamelin’s “Dream.” “That was quite a gamble you took and look how it paid off.”
Moreno is one of the very few performers to be an EGOT (recipient of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award), and only the second Puerto Rican to win an Academy Award. Here's a look at some of her Hollywood highlights over the years:
West Side Story
Moreno won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anita in the groundbreaking 1961 film West Side Story.
"Fever" on The Muppet Show
Very few singers can pull of the sultry song "Fever" and even fewer could do it while performing with a Muppet. In 1976 she did just that and won an Emmy Award for it. Wow!
One of the main things that made Moreno a superstar was her incredible dancing abilities. She began dancing lessons in New York City as soon as she moved here from Puerto Rico. She got her first Broadway role at 13 years old. Here's a young Moreno dancing in Latin Lovers with actor Ricardo Montalbán.
"Jane the Virgin"
In last season of Jane the Virgin, Moreno played the role of Lilian De La Vega, Rogelio's mother. Of the role, Moreno said: “She’s really rather imperious, and I don’t remember playing someone who’s imperious. She’s very full of herself."
The Hispanic Heritage Awards
On Sept. 17, Moreno's next role will be as host of the Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Warner Theatre in Washington D.C. We hope to see her sing and dance once again!