Institute for Latino Studies | February 6, 2019
Rita Moreno will speak at 5 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Leighton Concert Hall at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The is a free but ticketed event and is open to the public. Tickets can be reserved through the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center or by calling the ticket office at 574-631-2800.
Moreno — an American actress, dancer and singer of Puerto Rican descent — is the first and only Latina to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony (EGOT), and she will be the special guest of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies next month as part of its Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture Series.
Her career has spanned more than 70 years in Broadway shows, studio films, and multiple TV series with her best known being Anita in “West Side Story” — a performance that earned her the Academy Award for best supporting actress — and “The King and I,” as well as “The Electric Company” and “Oz.” Moreno currently stars in the Netflix series “One Day at a Time.” The critically acclaimed reimagination of the classic CBS sitcom features Moreno as the matriarch of a Cuban-American family, and episodes that frequently tackle major issues like mental illness, immigration, sexism, homophobia, and racism.
“Rita Moreno is among the best examples of the rich cultural contributions made by Latinas to many aspects of the arts and entertainment industries,” said ILS Director Luis R. Fraga, the Rev. Donald P. McNeill, C.S.C., Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership and the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science. “We will all learn from her commitment, professionalism, and unquestioned success.”
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