Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided to Go for It


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Jul 23 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Jul 24 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, Jul 25 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Jul 27 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Jul 28 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, Jul 29 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2021
Run Time:89 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Mariem Pérez Riera
Cast:Rita Moreno
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Héctor Elizondo
Gloria Estefan
Tom Fontana
Morgan Freeman
Mitzi Gaynor
Whoopi Goldberg
Norman Lear


Over a 70+ year 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 cast as any ethnic minority the Hollywood studios needed filled, be it Polynesian, Native American or Egyptian. Despite becoming the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award for her role as Anita in “West Side Story” (1961), the studios continued to offer Moreno lesser roles as stereotypical ethnic minorities, ignoring her proven talent.

“Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It” illuminates the humor and the grace of Moreno, as well as lesser-known struggles faced on her path to stardom, including pernicious Hollywood sexism and abuse, a toxic relationship with Marlon Brando, and serious depression a year before she emerged an Oscar winner. Moreno’s talent and resilience triumphed over adversity, as she broke barriers, fought for representation and forged the path for new generations of artists.

In addition to Moreno, the film features an all-star cast, including George Chakiris, Héctor Elizondo, Gloria Estefan, Tom Fontana, Morgan Freeman, Mitzi Gaynor, Whoopi Goldberg, Norman Lear, Eva Longoria, Justina Machado, Terrence McNally, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo.

“Celebratory and highly entertaining.” — The Hollywood Reporter

“Moreno is a trailblazing icon.” — USA Today