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Rita Moreno stoked the Hollywood furnace and survived the studio system becoming a screen and stage icon (REVIEW)

"Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It"
A documentary directed by Mariem Pérez Riera

Rita Moreno, what spirit, what soul! Hers is a a long and successful career in a Hollywood system that did not want her to be herself nor allow her to celebrate her Puerto Rican heritage. The new documentary “Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided to Go For It” which came out this week is an uplifting look at the EGOT [EGOT is a way to define those entertainers who have won all four of the ... more >

INTERVIEW: Mariem Pérez Riera, director of “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It”

Film premiered at Sundance in January

Mariem Pérez Riera was able to bring her subject to Tribeca this past weekend for in-person screenings of the documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It.” It had been a challenging year for Pérez Riera, who had to finish editing the film during covid-imposed lockdowns. “I remember on Friday the 13th of March [2020] I finished locking the film,” Pérez Riera said with a laugh. ... more >

DOC PREVIEW: “Rita Moreno, a girl who just decided to go for it”

Directed by Mariem Pérez Riera

Over a long career Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing and relentless racism to become a celebrated and beloved actor, one of the rare EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) Award Winners of our time. Born into poverty on a Puerto Rican farm, Moreno and her seamstress mother immigrated to New York City when Moreno was five years old. After studying dance and performing on Broadway, Moreno was ... more >