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Moreno talks Hollywood at charity luncheon

Published:   |   Updated: February 20, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Legendary actress, singer and dancer Rita Moreno was in Tampa on Thursday as keynote speaker for the Philanthropic Women of St. Joseph’s sixth annual luncheon.

Wearing a three-piece black-and-white pant ensemble, Moreno charmed the sold-out crowd with nuggets from her first memoir, “Rita Moreno.”

The stunning 82-year-old shared tidbits about her storied acting career, her Broadway debut at age 13, and signing a contract with MGM Studios.

She was called a “Spanish Elizabeth Taylor” by studio executives.

Moreno went on to star in films such as “The King and I” and “West Side Story,” for which she became the first Hispanic to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, in 1962.

She is one of the few performers — 11 to be exact — to have won an Emmy, an Oscar, a Tony and a Grammy. And she recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild. Moreno said she is at work on a sitcom pilot for television.

“I know I have lived the American dream,” she said Thursday before ending her talk with a few bars from the song “This Is All I Ask.”

Cloe Cabrera

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