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Rita Moreno: for redefining what it means to be 86

To mark International Women's Day, Univision honors 15 incredible Latinas who are innovating in different fields.
8 Mar 2018 – 07:32 AM EST
Rita Moreno Crédito: AP/Univision

“I’m living in the moment,” actress Rita Moreno recently told reporters. And without a doubt, it’s a great one: at 86, Moreno has won an Oscar, two Emmys, a Grammy and a Tony.

The sensuality and talent exhibited by the 17-year-old Moreno, which captivated producer Louis B. Mayer and led her to become known as the “Latin Elizabeth Taylor,” is still on display after a career spanning almost seven decades.

Now, the Hollywood legend stars in the Netflix series “One day at a time,” an updated version of the 70s classic, which portrays a modern Cuban American family. Moreno plays the family’s grandmother, Lydia. Although she is Puerto Rican, she says “no Latino is left out of this series,” which is now in its third season and has come to represent Latino identity and the immigrant experience.

Rita Moreno continues to challenge stereotypes of what a Hispanic actress can and cannot do, while defying the idea that age is an obstacle to making history in acting. Besides her role in the series, the actress is working on her own cabaret, as if there was still something Rita Moreno needed to do ... as if she lacked sensuality.

Emma Gonzalez
For calling B.S. on the NRA
Marlen Esparza
For revolutionizing women's boxing
Germaine Franco
For bringing Mexican music to the big screen
Rita Moreno
For redefining what it means to be 86
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
For bringing marginalized farmworker's voices into the #MeToo conversation
Diana Trujillo
For getting us closer to Mars
Princess Nokia
For infusing rap with punk rock, feminism and 'Afrolatinidad'
Candi CdeBaca
For fighting gentrification in a changing Denver
Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski
For breaking barriers in the exploration of space and time
Cristina Martínez
For daring to talk about undocumented restaurant workers
Geisha Williams
For leading California into a green energy future
Elizabeth Guzman
For taking her immigrant story to the Virginia legislature
Reyna Montoya
For encouraging undocumented youth to dream and heal
Maria Hinojosa
For putting Latino stories front and center
Gabby Rivera
For being the first queer Latina to write for Marvel Comics

Coordination: Jessica Weiss, Olivia Liendo and Allie Jaynes.

Illustrations: Grace Berríos and Jackie Albano.

Web design and development: Juan Jesús Gómez.

Editorial: Nathalie Alvaray, Tamoa Calzadilla, Juliana Jiménez, Douglas Gómez and Rogerio Manzano.

Photo Editing: David Maris.

This story was produced in collaboration with Univision Contigo, Univision's social responsibility team.

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