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It’s no easy feat filling Broadway diva Chita Rivera’s (dance) shoes in her critically acclaimed role of Anita in West Side Story. But Rita Moreno did that and more in the 1961 film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. The Puerto Rican actress not only earned rave reviews for her portrayal of spitfire Anita, but she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 34th Academy Awards. Moreno was the first Puerto Rican actress to be nominated for an Oscar, and the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award.

Best Supporting Actress, West Side Story, 34th Academy Awards, Won

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. 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.