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Did you catch Rita Moreno on NPR's Fresh Air?

What an engaging interview!

On Monday, Terry Gross interviewed the iconic Rita Moreno on the Fresh Air program. She discusses her groundbreaking role in "West Side Story," the challenges of being a Puerto Rican stage and screen star, sexual harassment in Hollywood decades before the #MeToo movement, her romantic relationships with Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando, and how psychotherapy saved her life. A fascinating life.

Give it a listen:

Rita Moreno visited the NYS Writers Institute in 2009 when she delivered the 14th Annual Burian Lecture. The ongoing lecture series, co-sponsored by the University at Albany Department of Theatre and the NYSWI, is funded by the Jarka and Grayce Burian Endowment.

Here's an excerpt from her 2009 talk from the stage at Page Hall on the downtown Albany campus.

One of the few artists -- and the first Latina -- to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, Rita Moreno has also received a Golden Globe Award and a National Medal of Honor.

A new documentary, "Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It," will premiere in theaters nationwide on June 18 and on the PBS "American Masters" series in October.

Here's the trailer for the new documentary:

and here's the documentary's website for more information:


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