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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Rita Moreno’s Hollywood Story

Actress Rita Moreno poses for a portrait on Mar. 6, 2012 in New York. (Carlo Allegri/AP)

Actress Rita Moreno poses for a portrait on Mar. 6, 2012 in New York. (Carlo Allegri/AP)

This book cover image released by Celebra shows a self-titled memoir by actress Rita Moreno. (AP Photo/Celebra)

Actress, singer and dancer Rita Moreno has had an extensive and successful career.

She’s one of the few performers to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

But she also had a tumultuous life – an affair with Marlon Brando led to a suicide attempt, and she struggled with being typecast as the exotic ethnic performer.

She’s now published “Rita Moreno: A Memoir” about her life.

But before that, she told her story on stage in a one-woman show, “Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup,” at the Berkeley Repertory Theater in Berkeley, Calif., in 2011.

We revisit our conversation with Moreno about her show and her life.

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