Rita Moreno is one of the very few artists who earned the feat of winning an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy. Born in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Moreno moved to New York City in 1937 with her mother. She joined a Spanish dance class where the trainer was a relative of actress Rita Hayworth. The contact helped Moreno to start her career as a voice artist in Spanish dubbed versions of Hollywood flicks at the age of 11. Moreno made her Broadway debut when she was 13. She also appeared in small roles in numerous movies including ‘The Toast of New Orleans’ (1950) and ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (1952) in the ’50s. Her big breakthrough came in 1961 when she landed the role of Anita in the film adaptation of the groundbreaking Broadway musical, ‘West Side Story.’ The role brought Moreno several accolades, including an Oscar.
After playing a key role in ‘Summer and Smoke’ in 1961, Moreno took a break to save the actor in her from a slew of stereotypical characters. She made her return with the Marlon Brando movie ‘The Night of the Following Day’ in 1968. Films like ‘Popi’ (1969), ‘Marlowe’ (1969), ‘Carnal Knowledge’ (1971), ‘The Ritz’ (1976), and ‘The Four Seasons’ (1981) soon followed.
Moreno’s major voice roles include Carmen Sandiego on Fox’s animated series ‘Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?’ Her portrayal of the character Sister Pete, a nun in the the hit HBO series ‘Oz’ also earned her immense critical acclaim. She played a recurring role in the cop procedural drama series ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent.’ Moreno’s Broadway credits include ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’ (1969), ‘Gantry’ (1970) and ‘The Ritz.’ At this point, you might be wondering what is the next Rita Moreno movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Rita Moreno films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Rita Moreno movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
4. Carmen Sandiego (2019 – )
Netflix’s ‘Carmen Sandiego‘ is an animated series based on the iconic character of Carmen. The former undercover agent turned globetrotting criminal was introduced in a 1985 video game. In Netflix’s upcoming series, Carmen returns for more theft and mischief. The series features Gina Rodriguez in the titular role while Rita Moreno lends her voice to the character of Cookie Booker as a guest star. Morena voiced the fan-favourite anti-heroine in the last adaptation of the franchise, ‘Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?’, which ran from 1994 to 1999.
In a short clip released by Netflix from the upcoming series, Moreno’s character says, “Young lady, you seem like a smart cookie. If you wish to walk in my shoes someday set your sights higher than pulling pranks or picking pockets. White collar crime is where the real money is.” The series also features ‘Stranger Things’ star Finn Wolfhard in the voice cast. Netflix released Season 1 of ‘Carmen Sandiego’ on January 18, 2019, and a second season has also received the nod from the streaming giant.