Puerto Rican actress, dancer and singer was one of the few artists in history to have won four major American entertainment awards: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony – the famous “EGOT” winners’ exclusive club.
Moreno acted steadily in films during the fifties, although she held no fondness for most of her film in this decade, as she felt her given roles were far too stereotypical, except for her supporting character in the 1956 musical film The King and I, in which she co-starred with Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner. In 1961, she landed the role of Anita in the film adaptation of the groundbreaking Broadway musical West Side Story. Moreno won Best Supporting Actress at the 34th Academy Awards and became the first Latino Oscar winner for acting.
Let’s take a look back at the actress in the ‘50s and ‘60s through these 28 vintage photographs:
Rita Moreno jumping in a bikini, October 1951. Photo by Graphic House/Archive Photos.
Rita Moreno in a studio session sitting with her legs crossed looking directly at the camera, Hollywood, 1954. Photo by Loomis Dean/LIFE.
Rita Moreno applies make-up in a mirror, Hollywood, California, 1954. Photo by Loomis Dean/LIFE.
Rita Moreno puts on makeup in the mirror, Hollywood, 1954. Photo by Loomis Dean/LIFE.
Rita Morena smoking a cigarette during a studio shoot, Hollywood, 1954. Photo by Loomis Dean/LIFE.