If you’re a fan of films and TV series, you’ve probably heard of the term EGOT. It’s the title given to someone who has earned Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards. It’s a rare achievement that is often seen accomplished by some true Hollywood royalty. One of those people is Rita Moreno, who finds herself the center of attention in the new documentary, “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It.”
As seen in the trailer for the doc, ‘Rita Moreno’ follows the story of the title actress, from her time as a child star to eventually attaining legendary status in her later years. Moreno broke out in a time when Puerto Rican people weren’t landing major roles in Hollywood. She would go on use her talents to appear in various films throughout the years, culminating in her breakthrough, Oscar-winning performance in “West Side Story” in 1961. And much like other women who have been through the Hollywood machine for decades, Moreno struggled with sexism and abuse, including issues with other legends such as Marlon Brando.
“Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It” hits theaters on June 18. You can watch the trailer below.
Here’s the synopsis:
Over a 70+ year career, Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing and relentless racism to become a celebrated and beloved actor, one of the rare EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) Award Winners of our time. 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, be it Polynesian, Native American or Egyptian. Despite becoming the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award for her role as Anita in “West Side Story” (1961), the studios continued to offer Moreno lesser roles as stereotypical ethnic minorities, ignoring her proven talent. RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT illuminates the humor and the grace of Moreno, as well as lesser-known struggles faced on her path to stardom, including pernicious Hollywood sexism and abuse, a toxic relationship with Marlon Brando, and serious depression a year before she emerged an Oscar winner. Moreno’s talent and resilience triumphed over adversity, as she broke barriers, fought for representation and forged the path for new generations of artists.