New Yorkers: Rita Moreno

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.

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.