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Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno to receive highest honor at SAG Awards

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Puerto Rican born, New York-raised Academy Award-winning, legendary actress, Rita Moreno to be honored at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Saturday in Hollywood.

The Screen Actors Guild has named Moreno the 50th recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

The SAG Lifetime Achievement Award will add to Moreno’s rare catalog of other huge accomplishments, which includes an Oscar, two Emmys, a Tony for her Broadway work in “The Ritz,” a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of the Arts.

Since Moreno landed in New York City from Humacao Puerto Rico, Moreno has flourished with a very busy career within the entertainment arts.

Whether on stage, television, summer workshops and the big screen, Moreno did it all, and currently has an auto-biography Rita Moreno: Memorias,” which she talks about her experience as a Latina in Hollywood back in the sixties and seventies, and also details very juicy parts about past famous lovers, one being Marlon Brando and the other Elvis Presley.

Moreno dished out and dedicated three chapters on past lover, Marlon Brando. Sadly, Moreno and Brando had such a rocky and tumultuous love affair that lasted through two of Brando’s marriages, and a suicide attempt for Moreno in 1961.

The affair was emotionally draining for the petite, fiery actress, that her psychiatrist at the time even told her to end the affair. Moreno admitted years later, she could not get over Brando, for he was a “sensual, generous, delightful inventive” lover and “more engaged in the world than anyone else I’d ever known.”

Moreno today is 82, and still looks as if she can still dance to her most-famous and recognized dance number in 1961’s “West Side Story.”

You can watch the legendary actress accept her honor, and presented to her by fellow Academy Award winner, and former colleague and friend, actor Morgan Freeman, Saturday night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards at 8:00 p.m. EST on TNT cable Network.

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