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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.

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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.

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