Over a career spanning more than 70 years, Rita Moreno defied both her
humble upbringing and relentless racism to become a celebrated and
award-winning actor. Born into poverty on a Puerto Rican farm, Moreno and
her seamstress mother immigrated to New York City when Moreno was five
years old. After studying dance and performing on Broadway, Moreno was cast
as any ethnic minority the Hollywood studios needed filled: Polynesian,
Native American, Egyptian and so on.