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Rita Moreno

Award-Winning Actress, Dancer, Singer; Health Advocate & New York Times Bestselling Author

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Rita Moreno Biography

Rita Moreno is one of the very few performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, thus becoming an EGOT. She was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in the hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico on December 11, 1931, to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) and farmer Francisco José "Paco" Alverío. Her mother moved to New York City in 1937, taking Rita with her while leaving her reportedly unfaithful husband and Rita's younger brother behind. Rita's professional career began before she reached adolescence.

At age 11, she landed her first movie experience, dubbing Spanish-language versions of US films. Less than a month before her 14th birthday on November 22, 1945, she made her Broadway debut in the play "Skydrift" at the Belasco Theatre, co-starring with Arthur Keegan and a young Eli Wallach. Although she would not appear again on Broadway for almost two decades, Rita Moreno, as she was billed in the play, had arrived professionally. She appeared in Father Knows Best, Singin' in the Rain, and The King and I.

Director Robert Wise, who was chosen to co-direct "West Side Story," cast Moreno as "Anita", the Puerto Rican girlfriend of Sharks' leader Bernardo, whose sister Maria is the piece's Juliet. She then had a break from working until she had a career renaissance in her roles in Carnal Knowledge and "The Electric Company."

Moreno won a 1972 Grammy Award for her contribution to "The Electric Company"'s soundtrack album, following it up three years later with a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for "The Ritz." She then won Emmy Awards for "The Muppet Show" and "The Rockford Files."

Moreno also wrote "Rita Moreno: A Memoir" in 2014. In this New York Times bestselling memoir, she shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico to Hollywood legend—and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and two Emmys.

In 2019 she was awarded the Peabody Career Achievement Award.

She has continued to work steadily on screen (both large and small) and on stage, solidifying her reputation as a national treasure, a status that was officially ratified with the award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in June 2004. She also won the 2013 SAG Life Achievement Award.

Moreno is also an activist, supporting a range of causes including racial equality, hunger, early childhood education, higher education for minority students, HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Speaking Topics
  • A History of the Arts in Film, TV & Theatre

  • My Life with Words & Music

  • The Lively Arts: Film Television and Theater - Past, Present and Possibilities

  • The Value of Diversity to our Culture

  • Getting Older Without Getting Old

  • The Power of Language

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    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Rita Moreno for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Rita Moreno, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Rita Moreno or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Rita Moreno

    Speaking fees for Rita Moreno, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Rita Moreno are $50,000 - $100,000 for live events and $50,000 - $100,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Rita Moreno, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Rita Moreno speak about?

  • Where does Rita Moreno travel from?

    Rita Moreno generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Rita Moreno’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Rita Moreno for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rita Moreno for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Rita Moreno or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Rita Moreno Biography

Rita Moreno is one of the very few performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, thus becoming an EGOT. She was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in the hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico on December 11, 1931, to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) and farmer Francisco José "Paco" Alverío. Her mother moved to New York City in 1937, taking Rita with her while leaving her reportedly unfaithful husband and Rita's younger brother behind. Rita's professional career began before she reached adolescence.

At age 11, she landed her first movie experience, dubbing Spanish-language versions of US films. Less than a month before her 14th birthday on November 22, 1945, she made her Broadway debut in the play "Skydrift" at the Belasco Theatre, co-starring with Arthur Keegan and a young Eli Wallach. Although she would not appear again on Broadway for almost two decades, Rita Moreno, as she was billed in the play, had arrived professionally. She appeared in Father Knows Best, Singin' in the Rain, and The King and I.

Director Robert Wise, who was chosen to co-direct "West Side Story," cast Moreno as "Anita", the Puerto Rican girlfriend of Sharks' leader Bernardo, whose sister Maria is the piece's Juliet. She then had a break from working until she had a career renaissance in her roles in Carnal Knowledge and "The Electric Company."

Moreno won a 1972 Grammy Award for her contribution to "The Electric Company"'s soundtrack album, following it up three years later with a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for "The Ritz." She then won Emmy Awards for "The Muppet Show" and "The Rockford Files."

Moreno also wrote "Rita Moreno: A Memoir" in 2014. In this New York Times bestselling memoir, she shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico to Hollywood legend—and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and two Emmys.

In 2019 she was awarded the Peabody Career Achievement Award.

She has continued to work steadily on screen (both large and small) and on stage, solidifying her reputation as a national treasure, a status that was officially ratified with the award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in June 2004. She also won the 2013 SAG Life Achievement Award.

Moreno is also an activist, supporting a range of causes including racial equality, hunger, early childhood education, higher education for minority students, HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Rita Moreno Speaking Topics

  • A History of the Arts in Film, TV & Theatre

  • My Life with Words & Music

  • The Lively Arts: Film Television and Theater - Past, Present and Possibilities

  • The Value of Diversity to our Culture

  • Getting Older Without Getting Old

  • The Power of Language

Rita Moreno Videos

  • Rita Moreno on Being a Puerto Rican Actress in the '50s & Ageism
    During a SiriusXM Town Hall event with the cast of 'West Side Story,' Rita Moreno discusses her start as an actress and the limited roles for people...
  • Rita Moreno Talks About Her Role In Steven Spielberg's 'West Side ...
    One of the stars of “West Side Story” 60 years ago, Rita Moreno joins TODAY to talk about her role in Stephen Spielberg's reimagining of the ...
  • Rita Moreno's Oscar Speech Do-Over
    Rita Moreno looks back at her brief speech when she won her Oscar, and shares what she wishes she would have said.

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FAQs on booking Rita Moreno

  • How do I book Rita Moreno to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Rita Moreno for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Rita Moreno, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Rita Moreno or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Rita Moreno

    Speaking fees for Rita Moreno, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Rita Moreno are $50,000 - $100,000 for live events and $50,000 - $100,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Rita Moreno, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Rita Moreno speak about?

  • Where does Rita Moreno travel from?

    Rita Moreno generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Rita Moreno’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Rita Moreno for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rita Moreno for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Rita Moreno or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Rita Moreno is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as A History of the Arts in Film, TV & Theatre, My Life with Words & Music, The Lively Arts: Film Television and Theater - Past, Present and Possibilities, The Value of Diversity to our Culture, Getting Older Without Getting Old and The Power of Language. The estimated speaking fee range to book Rita Moreno for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Rita Moreno generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Diane Guerrero, Mayim Bialik, Danny Trejo, Brooke Shields and Laila Ali. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rita Moreno for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Rita Moreno Speaking Topics

  • A History of the Arts in Film, TV & Theatre

  • My Life with Words & Music

  • The Lively Arts: Film Television and Theater - Past, Present and Possibilities

  • The Value of Diversity to our Culture

  • Getting Older Without Getting Old

  • The Power of Language

Rita Moreno Speaker Videos

  • Rita Moreno on Being a Puerto Rican Actress in the '50s & Ageism
    During a SiriusXM Town Hall event with the cast of 'West Side Story,' Rita Moreno discusses her start as an actress and the limited roles for people of her age now.
    Rita Moreno Talks About Her Role In Steven Spielberg's 'West Side ...
    One of the stars of “West Side Story” 60 years ago, Rita Moreno joins TODAY to talk about her role in Stephen Spielberg's reimagining of the ...
  • Rita Moreno's Oscar Speech Do-Over
    Rita Moreno looks back at her brief speech when she won her Oscar, and shares what she wishes she would have said.
    'West Side Story' Star Rita Moreno Talks About Her Life And Legacy
    TODAY's Al Roker sat down with award-winning actress Rita Moreno to talk about her iconic roles, including her breakout in “West Side Story.
  • Rita Moreno | Berklee Commencement Address 2016
    The award-winning actress and singer addresses graduating students at Berklee's graduation.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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