The singer/dancer/actress self-identifies as an immigrant, even though technically she was born on American territorial soil — Puerto Rico in 1931. Her seamstress mother, Rosa Maria, brought Rita to New York in 1936. It wasn’t long before the girl began making inroads in the entertainment industry: At age 11, she was lending her voice to American child actors and actresses whose movies were being dubbed for Spanish-speaking audiences. By 1945, at age 13, she was performing on Broadway.
Moreno, of course, went on to become the first Latina to win an Oscar (for her indelible work in West Side Story), and she’s one of just a dozen people to win the so-called EGOT: An Emmy (which Moreno won two of), a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award.