By Rita Moreno
During this luminous memoir, Rita Moreno stocks her notable trip from a tender woman with basic beginnings in Puerto Rico to Hollywood legend—and one of many few performers, and the one Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmys.
Born Rosita Dolores Alverio within the idyll of Puerto Rico, Moreno, at age 5, launched into a harrowing sea voyage along with her mom and wound up within the harsh barrios of the Bronx, the place she came across dancing, making a song, and appearing as how one can get away a tumultuous formative years. Making her Broadway debut by way of age thirteen—and relocating directly to Hollywood in its Golden Age quite a few years later—she labored along such stars as Gary Cooper, Yul Brynner, and Ann Miller.
When came upon by way of Louis B. Mayer of MGM, the wizard himself declared: “She appears like a Spanish Elizabeth Taylor.” solid by means of Gene Kelly as Zelda Zanders in Singin’ within the Rain after which directly to her Oscar-winning functionality in West facet Story, she catapulted to fame—yet chanced on herself many times typecast because the “utility ethnic,” a job she stumbled on nearly very unlikely to elude.
Here, for the 1st time, Rita displays on her struggles to damage via Hollywood’s racial and sexual limitations. She explores the wounded little lady in the back of the glamorous façade—and what it took to discover her position on the earth. She talks candidly approximately her dating with Elvis Presley, her encounters with Howard Hughes, and the passionate romance with Marlon Brando that drove her to try suicide. and he or she stocks the illusiveness of a “perfect” marriage and the incomparable joys of motherhood.
Infused with Rita Moreno’s fast wit and deep perception, this memoir is the striking portrait of a level and display famous person who longed to develop into who she fairly is—and triumphed.
Read Online or Download Rita Moreno: A Memoir PDF
Best Biography books
A swish biography that was once a number 1 nationwide bestseller, Flint & Feather confirms Charlotte Gray's place as a grasp biographer, a author with a unprecedented present for remodeling a ancient personality right into a dwelling, respiring lady who instantly captures our imagination.
In Flint & Feather, Charlotte grey explores the lifetime of this nineteenth-century daughter of a Mohawk leader and English gentlewoman, making a interesting portrait of a tender girl both at domestic at the level in her "Indian" gown and within the salons of the wealthy and strong. Uncovering Pauline Johnson's complicated and dramatic character, Flint & Feather is studded with triumph and tragedy, secret and romance—a first-class biography mixing turn-of-the-century Canadian background and the colourful tale of a girl whose unforgettable voice nonetheless echoes over the years.
Upward thrust of the large bushy Animals tells the tale of the best psychedelic pop band of our time. Welsh audio system with a lust for international conversation, the large hairy Animals shot to reputation on production files and located that, due to the list revenues of label-mates Oasis, they without notice had an enormous price range to play with.
“A operatic tour-de-force. ” —Tilar J. Mazzeo, writer of The Widow Clicquot“An outstanding feat of study, instructed quickly and enthusiastically. ” —San Francisco ChronicleFrom Vanderbilt and Rockefeller to invoice Gates and Steve Jobs, America’s captains of are paragons of entrepreneurial good fortune, and books approximately company heritage, from the 1st magnate to the massive brief, convey exemplars of capitalistic crafty and tenacity…but simply as American cocktail connoisseurs can mistake Absolut, Skyy, gray Goose, or Ketel One for the integral transparent spirit, so too has America’s imaginative and prescient of industrial historical past remained naïve to a fact lengthy famous in jap Europe: because the time of Tsar Nicholas, either vodka and advertisement good fortune were synonymous in Russia with one name—Smirnoff.
“Lengel’s Washington is the archetypal American soldier—an beginner citizen in palms who struggles to benefit an unusual and significant craft at the task. .. .Outstanding. ” —Publishers Weekly (starred evaluate) at the wonderful StruggleEditor-in-Chief of the Washington Papers venture Edward G. Lengel grants an pleasing and erudite heritage of America's Founding Father.
Additional resources for Rita Moreno: A Memoir
His beneficial properties echoed these of his mom, Gladys, to whom he used to be famously hooked up. Gladys used to be keen about Elvis from the time he was once a child, on account that he was once a dual yet she misplaced the opposite child at start. for that reason, she beaten her in basic terms surviving son, Elvis, with love, meals, and doubtless her personal genetic predisposition to habit and melancholy. In 1958, a yr after I dated Elvis, Gladys died from hepatitis after many years of ingesting tough. She used to be nonetheless a tender girl, and Elvis threw himself into her grave on the funeral. This severe mother-son bond was once explored in a e-book, Elvis and Gladys, by way of a author, Elaine Dundy, whose direction could move mine a number of years later—when she and that i tangled over one other lover. Elvis requested me out a number of instances, and issues regularly went an identical approach among us. He was once his “real self,” a shy, bumbling child from Tupelo whose favourite booklet used to be the Bible. He used to be additionally what a few of his detractors accused: a mama’s boy. Our “sex” task fell a ways in need of my expectancies and wishes, normally finishing up in my sundown side road house with the roar of site visitors as our accompaniment. The pink glare of the site visitors lighting fixtures lent a carnal glow to our actions. extra particularly, my dates with the King almost always concluded in a young tussle on my lounge flooring, with Elvis’s pelvis in that recognized gyration straining opposed to his taut trousers. i'll consider him thrust opposed to my clothed physique, and looking ahead to your next step, I knew i'd need to confront my very own conflicted explanations while the time got here, however it by no means did. “We can do exactly this,” he’d whisper in my ear as we moved round at the ground. “We can do just this, ok? ” “This” was once known as “grinding,” and it was once all he particularly desired to do. perhaps Elvis used to be inhibited via inbred spiritual prohibitions or an oedipal advanced, or perhaps he easily most well liked the fun of denied free up. no matter what placed the brakes at the recognized pelvis, it flooring to a halt at a definite aspect and that used to be it. Later, i found that my event with Elvis was once regular. Natalie wooden stormed out on him while he refused to “do it,” and so forth claimed that each one he cherished to do was once cuddle with teenage women or watch them cavort girl-upon-girl. He used to be a great fit for his youngster enthusiasts, arrested, it appears, at their point of improvement. i used to be already a completely grown girl with grownup desires—and I have been with Marlon. In a fashion, Elvis’s ambivalence ideal my very own. i used to be nonetheless so deeply in love with Marlon Brando that i really didn’t wish an individual else. Elvis and that i have been in excellent sync. We rolled round numerous occasions, and that i don’t think both folks ever discovered free up, basically that hunk-a hunk-a burnin’ love, which, while I heard the tune in a while, did sound extra like a hymn to sexual frustration than pride. finally, notwithstanding, i noticed that I couldn’t pretend it anymore. there have been purely such a lot of instances that i'll be in a grasp with a child whose pouty lips might infrequently exhibit an concept or recount an adventure. After Marlon’s highbrow interest, sexual urge for food, and chameleon-like adjustments, in point of fact that Elvis bored me.