Moreno’s Battle against typecasting

Moreno’s Battle against typecasting

Later in her career, Moreno famously played Anita in 1961’s screen adaptation of West Side Story, but when she started out, directors and casting agents didn’t take her seriously. “I’ll tell you that paved the way for me. Nobody. No one,” she states. “They didn’t give a s. And I don’t even state that bitterly; it is how it was. Nobody cared. I had been


A small Hispanic girl…. Along with the simple fact that I danced didn’t dance well, didn’t actually matter a whit.” Finally, of course, her talent would be recognized far and wide using a number of awards, although some in Hollywood could never apparently get beyond her Latin heritage. Recalling what she now describes as her”most dreadful professional experience,” Moreno, 88, said her agent once called with a featured role which was”all kinds of marvelous.” But at the audition, the manager told her that she’d read for the wrong part, and that he desired her to play the role of a Mexican whorehouse madam. “I just got so light,” she states. “I felt humiliated. So crushed. Another Mexican woman with an accent. I had already won an Oscar. She stated she told the director,”No, I am sorry. I don’t do Mexican whorehouse insane – ams,” walked outside, got in her car, and”cried for an hour”

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