Pop Culture: Rita Moreno Oscar
Rita Moreno Wins an Oscar for West Side Story
There’s no denying Rita Moreno had some pretty big shoes to fill in the 1961 film adaptation of West Side Story. After all, she was taking on the role made famous on Broadway by the legendary Chita Rivera. But Moreno’s portrayal of Anita was the stuff of legend, resulting in critical acclaim. In the end Moreno didn’t just make the role her own, she even beat out Judy Garland for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards—becoming the first Latina to win an Oscar.