Happy Birthday to Rosa Dolores Alverio

Happy Birthday to the fabulous entertainer and humanitarian Rosa Dolores Alverio, born in Humacao, Puerto Rico on December 11, 1931. Known on stage as Rita Moreno, the multi-talented star is the only woman and the only Hispanic American to win the entertainment industry’s four top awards: Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Emmy. Moreno struggled with being typecast as a “Latin Spitfire” and was desolate over her lack of progress during an early point in her career. Moreno had the last laugh in her role as Googie Gómez in the Broadway play, “The Ritz”.  Moreno is a social activist who supported African American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Moreno said of her heritage and her career, “When I was a young starlet, I wanted to be an all-American girl…. But when I grew up and developed a sense of self-esteem as a Hispanic, I learned how essential it was to cling to one’s own heritage, for only in that way can we truly understand our ancestors, our culture, and ultimately understand ourselves.” (Please see August 9, 1963 for more on Moreno’s civil rights activism.)