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Rita Moreno’s 20 Most Inspirational Quotes to Rock Your Inner Superstar Latina

Rita Moreno is an icon. There’s really no arguing that point since the groundbreaking actress from Puerto Rico is not only the first Latina to receive an Academy Award but also one of the few to achieve the elusive EGOT. Although she originally rose to fame thanks to her Oscar-winning role as Anita in West Side Story, she is also credited with opening many doors for Latinos in the entertainment industry.

Because Rita Moreno is such a groundbreaking Latina and has had such an impressive career, she has also been around long enough to give us the low-down on what it takes to be her. And thankfully, herself is a truly inspirational figure — which is why we have rounded up her 20 most inspirational quotes. Whether you’re looking to learn how she did it (hint: it’s ALL about perseverance!) or the secret to looking so great at her age (it’s not what you think!), get ready to want to save all of these inspirational quotes ASAP.

1. “Retirement is just not in my DNA.”

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The 86-year-old actress is showing no signs of slowing down, and that’s how she likes it. Currently, you can see her on Netflix’s One Day at a Time. But don’t be surprised if she keeps her career going for many years to come. Age is certainly not slowing her down!

2. “Certain parts of you, your fears and your love, never really die.”

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“There are parts of me that are very young that live—the girl who was always sure that nobody liked her and that she wasn’t pretty enough. She’s the one who, still to this day, says things like, ‘Haha, I told you you couldn’t do it’,” Moreno said to Cosmopolitan.

3. “Smell the roses. Smell the coffee. Whatever it is that makes you happy.”

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The age-old wisdom of finding out what you love and just going after it is always welcome. As she said, make sure you smell that cafecito in the morning and are happy for it. Otherwise, what’s the point, amirite?

4. “I figure if I keep my spirit in shape, the bones will take care of themselves.”

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She has certainly been showcasing this thought as she ages. She looks absolutely incredible and her spirit is certainly helping to carry her though. It doesn’t hurt that she often has a smile on her face, either.

5. “It is through art that we will prevail and we will endure. It lives on after us and defines us as people.”

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The EGOT winner certainly knows a thing or two about art. As if her Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards weren’t enough, she has never stopped going after more career achievements and creating more art. Thank you, Rita.

6. “My middle name really is perseverance.”

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She continued, “I’ve always believed that I had talent, even when I felt like a very inferior sort of person, which I spent a lot of time living my life feeling that I wasn’t worthy. But even then I knew that I had something special, and maybe that’s what it takes. Maybe people need to have that kind of particular core driving them. But I felt I had talent.”

7. “When in doubt, flip out.”

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This quote may just be my new favorite, and it certainly feels appropriate to our day and age today. Rita Moreno has always been the kind of woman to not back down and to keep going even in the face of many odds, as in her quote above about perseverance. So maybe flipping out isn’t the worst idea.

8. “I chose to swim.”

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“I made a decision when I was a little girl, when I couldn’t speak English and I was thrown into school: You can sink or you can swim,” Moreno said to Cosmopolitan. “I chose to swim. It’s part of my nature. I’m a very stubborn woman.”

9. “Mellowing has never done much for me. You have to keep moving.”

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If NOT slowing down in old age is going to make the rest of us look this good, then sign me up! The star has been very vocal lately about what it takes to have a career at her age, and her ability to keep moving is definitely one reason why she has never left the spotlight — or our hearts. 

10. “I believe staying young at heart is all in one’s personal attitude… you can’t instill that in anyone.”

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One of the best parts of watching her on One Day at a Time is seeing this same type of spirit in her character, Lydia. She’s right that keeping up that youthful spirit is important. And if you ever had any doubts, just look at her!

11. “I live in the moment.”

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She continued, “The moment is the most important thing. That’s my entire philosophy: Make the best of the good moments.”

12. “You don’t die if someone doesn’t like you.”

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This is a lesson that is difficult for many of us to learn, myself included. I’m still a people-pleaser most days of the week, so I have to remember to keep this quote close to my heart. Disappointing my friends, my co-workers, my bosses, my parents, or my partner happens. And we will keep going regardless.

13. “People tell me I look good these days.”

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She continued, “I look good because I feel good. I know people who are older than I am who are twenty-five… It’s all about attitude. To me, age is just a number.”

14. “I’m 85, and I’m still a sexual being, or a sensual being.”

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It’s impressive to see a woman talk openly about her sexuality, especially when sexuality for women of a certain age is a taboo topic. But leave it to the groundbreaking Rita Moreno to bust open these doors, too.

15. “I think lying is a bad idea. Sooner or later, someone’s going to catch you.”

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Although she originally said this about her age, it pretty much applies to everything in life. Why lie when you can tell the truth and still conquer the world, just like she did.

16. “I listen to my body.”

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She said, “I’m trying, now that I am in my dotage, to use a lot less sugar and my husband and I really try to keep close to a minimum of fat; chicken, fish, loads of salads and legumes. We both love all of those. To be honest, nothing that is in our diet is that original. We eat seafood but we do not eat shellfish. On the other hand, if my body says to me, ‘eat meat’ I do. I listen to my body, I think that’s important.”

17. “Arrogance — I have very little tolerance for that.”

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I’m definitely with her on this one. I can’t stand arrogance. Instead, I appreciate anyone who is talented but still humble — like our amazing Rita. She acknowledges her own talent but also talks about how difficult her career has been, reminding us that it is perseverance and hard work pays off in the long run. 

18. “When you engage your brain, it just keeps getting fatter and richer and wonderful.”

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Rita Moreno isn’t just a talented, beautiful actress. She’s also intelligent, and she makes sure to keep herself engaged with the world and has continued to do so throughout her life. That’s definitely something to look up to.

19. “This is my idea of heaven, coming home and watching the news.”

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One way that she keeps engaged with the world is through her favorite hobby: Watching the news. Sure, she said this quote before the current presidential administration made the news THE thing to watch every night, but that is what makes her quote even more impressive.

20. “If you’re going to write about your life, you must write about your life.”

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This quote is particularly touching to me, as a writer, but Rita is saying more here than just giving advice to those of us who have a talent for words. This quote is about determination and, her favorite, perseverance. If you’re going to do something, then just DO it — just as Rita did when she wrote her memoir.


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Netflix Is Turning Gabriel García Márquez’s Classic ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ Into A Series

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Netflix Is Turning Gabriel García Márquez’s Classic ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ Into A Series

Fans of magical realism rejoice. On Wednesday, Netflix announced it acquired the rights to Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and will be turning the literary masterpiece into a Spanish-language series.

This is the first time the 1967 novel, considered “one of the most significant works of the 20th Century,” will be adapted for screen. For years, the author, who died in 2014, refused to sell the film rights, believing the story could not be done justice through a two-hour project, according to Deadline.

Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha, García Márquez’s sons, who are serving as executive producers on the show, believe a series is an appropriate approach to the book.

“For decades, our father was reluctant to sell the film rights to Cien Años de Soledad. He believed that it could not be made under the time constraints of a feature film, or that producing it in a language other than Spanish would not do it justice,” Rodrigo Garcia told BuzzFeed News, adding that the “current golden age of series,” with “the level of talented writing and directing, the cinematic quality of content,” changed the family’s mind.

“The time could not be better to bring an adaptation to the extraordinary global viewership that Netflix provides,” he continued.

The series will be filmed in Colombia.

“One Hundred Years of Solitude” tells the story of the multi-generational Buendia family, whose patriarch Jose Arcadio Buendia founded Macondo, a fictional town in the South American country.

The book has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 46 languages.

In a statement, Francisco Ramos, Netflix’s vice president of Spanish-language content, said, “We know our members around the world love watching Spanish-language films and series and we feel this will be a perfect match of project and our platform.”

He’s right. Since announcing the adaptation, fans of the magical realism novel have been celebrating the news.

There’s no word yet on when the series will debut and who will star in it.

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20 Times Rita Moreno Was A Queen We Don’t Deserve

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20 Times Rita Moreno Was A Queen We Don’t Deserve

In this scary and confusing life, there are only a few things we know for sure. One of these things is that Puerto-Rican born legendary actress Rita Moreno is a national treasure who continues to give us life in the year of our Lord two-thousand and nineteen.

We need no excuse to celebrate the incredible Rita Moreno, and because we love her so much, we’ve compiled a list of 20 times (out of many) that Moreno was the queen we don’t deserve. Long live the queen!

1.When she gave Trump the middle finger on national television

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Recently, Moreno The Queen herself paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel live and recounted the story of the first time she met Donald Trump. When finishing up the story, she playfully told President Trump, “I’ve got a finger for ya,” and flipped off the camera. She definitely hasn’t lost her spunk!

2. When she insisted her character on “One Day At a Time” Be Written As a Sexual Being

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When talking about her latest role as abuelita Lydia Riera in Netflix’s “One Day at a Time”, Moreno revealed: “[B]efore there was even a script, I said [to the writers]: I’d like her to be sexual. Because you don’t see that. Once people turn a certain age, that gets completely ignored by writers, and it’s a shame”.

3. When she guest-starred on Jane the Virgin

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Fans of “Jane the Virgin” were delighted when it was announced that Moreno was cast as Rogelia de La Vega’s controlling stage mother, Liliana de La Vega. As for her performance, she didn’t disappoint: Moreno served up enough outrageous diva moments to keep us rolling on the floor.

4. When She Won an Oscar…

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The award that started it all! Latinas everywhere felt truly recognized when Moreno won the (much-deserved) Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her incredible work as Anita in “West Side Story.”

5. …When She Won a Grammy…

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Moreno continued her awards streak by winning a Grammy Award in 1972 for Best Children’s Album. The album was compilation of the songs from the hit children’s show, “The Electric Company”.

6. …When She Won a Tony…

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Moreno continued to be the Latina Queen we don’t deserve by winning a Tony Award in 1975 for Best Lead Actress in a play for the Broadway production of “The Ritz”.

7. …And When She Won an Emmy

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When she won an Emmy for hilarious work on “The Muppet Show” in 1977, the pure shock on Moreno’s face was probably due to the fact that she realized she was now cemented in the canon of history. It was the final award she needed to officially become “EGOT” status.

8. When she re-wore the gown she wore to the 1962 Oscars in 2018

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In 2018, Moreno was kind enough to re-wear the original dress she wore to the Oscars in 1962—the year she took home the Gold Statue. She arguably worked that dress better at 86 than she did when she was a young ingenue.

9. When she blessed us with that whole performance in “West Side Story”

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Think about it: Moreno didn’t have to go that hard for us. But, she did. She did.

10. When she dissed the problematic roles she was forced to play in her early career

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Before she had enough industry clout to play more nuanced roles, Moreno was only offered parts that she later dubbed “dusky maiden” roles. Notably, she was forced to wear yellow-face in “The King and I” in the role of “Tutpim”–one of the King of Siam’s numerous wives. Later, Moreno had a few choice words to say about this time in her career: “I hated the dark makeup, being barefoot—all of it”.

11. Her controversial 1954 Life magazine cover

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Before she hit the big time, Moreno was chosen as the cover girl for a particularly sexy issue of “Life” magazine where she was also featured in a multi-page spread. The issue got the attention of much of Hollywood, possibly due to the front page headline, which read: “Rita Moreno: An Actress’s Catalog of Sex and Innocence”.

12. When she kept it real in her tell-all memoir

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Moreno shocked the public when she revealed intimate details of her passionate affair with legendary actor Marlon Brando in her 2013 autobiography, “Rita Moreno: A Memoir”. Of Brando, Moreno said: “To say that he was a great lover would be gravely understating what he did not only to my body, but for my soul. Every aspect of being with Marlon was thrilling, because he was more engaged in the world than anyone else I’d ever known”.

13. When She Received the Kennedy Center Honors Award

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If you haven’t yet seen the video of Gina Rodriguez’s heartfelt tribute to Moreno during her Kennedy Center Honors Award ceremony, we highly suggest you take a look. Rodriguez’s tribute is extremely touching, as is Moreno’s emotional response.

14. She constantly keeps it hip

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Never one to lose her sense of humor, Moreno made a hilarious entrance during the ___ commencement ceremony of The Berklee College of Music. We love how she’s not afraid to make fun of herself.

15. When she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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In 2004, Moreno received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for “helping shape our nation’s cultural and artistic heritage”. It’s reasons like these why we love Moreno: her career has made us much impact on the broader US culture as it has on America’s Latinx community.

16. When she narrated the audiobook version of Justice Sonya Sotomayor’s memoir

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Justice Sonya Sotomayor personally asked fellow Puerto-Rican Rita Moreno to read the audio version of her memoir, “My Beloved World”. Fitting, considering that Moreno “burst into tears” when she first heard the news that Sotomayor would be the first Latina Supreme Court Justice.

17. When she shared her philosophy on dealing with haters

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In a Vulture interview that focused on her “One Day at a Time” success, Moreno dispensed a kernel of precious advice: “You don’t die if someone doesn’t like you…A woman in [group therapy] didn’t like me…and she just spewed utter dislike of me…I found out that you don’t die from being disliked. For me, that’s very important”.

18. When she went makeup-less to film an emotional scene

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In the same interview, Moreno touched on the only time she’s ever been makeup-less on camera, in a touching scene in “One Day at a Time”. “I was actually very happy to do it,” she explained. “Maybe it’s my age, but I know I look good”. Yaasss Queen!

19. When she shared her philosophy on aging

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“People tell me I look good these days,” Moreno said recently. “I look good because I feel good… It’s all about attitude”. We couldn’t agree more!

20. When she expressed unabashed joy at receiving the SAG-AFTRA Lifetime Achievement Award

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One of the things we love so much about Moreno, is that she never seems to take her career for granted, and to that end, has never has come off as jaded by her success. A perfect example of this is when she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from SAG-AFTRA and gushed that she was “so bloody happy”. We love you, Rita!

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