Rita Moreno, Raised in New York City
Puerto Rico-born Rita Moreno, the original multi-hyphenate (singer, dancer, actress), always knew she wanted to be a performer. But it wasn’t until she moved to New York City at the age of five that she got her start. “A friend of my mother’s, who was a Spanish dancer, saw me bopping around in the living room,” says Moreno, the winner of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, adding, “And she said, ‘You know, Rosita really seems to have a talent for movement. Is it all right if I take her to my dance teacher and see what happens?’” History happened! Moreno became the first and only Hispanic performer to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award.