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All Quotes by author - Rita Moreno
" Actors very often are people who think it's always about 'me,' and I can see why! No one else is going to support you or say, 'Gosh, I'm sorry about that,' or, 'Here, let me give you a job.' It doesn't happen that way. You can see why performers get very self-absorbed. "
" Actually, my true name is Rosa Dolores Alverio. And then I became Rosita Moreno when a stepfather stepped in. And when I got to MGM studios, which was my first film contract, they just thought that Rosita wasn't a good name, and they changed it to Rita. And yes, it was their idea. "
" A friend of my mother's, Irene Lopez, was a Spanish dancer. She saw me bopping around the room and said to my mother, 'Rosita might have talent. Can I take her to my dance teacher?' There was no thought of a career at that time, but I knew I loved the attention, and that's so much a part of being a performer. "
" All my life, I faced sexism and racism and then, when I hit 40, ageism. "
" A lot of young Latino actors have said to me, 'Why can't we get an Oscar? Why can't we be nominated?' And the terrible truth is that if you don't get the right parts, you're not going to be. Are you going to get an Oscar nomination for one of those Judd Apatow movies? Not likely, no matter what nationality you are. "
" Any character who had dark skin, I got all those parts. I could play a Polynesian, East Indian princess, whatever. "
" Arrogance - I have very little tolerance for that. "
" Being in service and being involved in something that is greater than you is what makes a person complete and whole. The very first thing I ever did in terms of activism was for an anti-atom bomb rally. "
" Being the house ethnic was destroying my life and my sense of myself, because I had been consigned to play every dusky maiden you have ever seen in your life in movies. "
" Beyonce moves a lot. She's astonishing, dances and sings at the same time. She is buff. "
" Bigger than life is not difficult for me. I am bigger than life. "
" Certain roles for older women are aimed at certain older actresses - I'm not one of those. I've been offered any number of Puerto Rican grandmas that I've turned down. "
" Doing 'Life Without Makeup' onstage is what inspired me to do a book in the first place. "
" Doing 'The Electric Company' was the most fun ever. "
" Elvis was a sweet darling, shy fellow, but he was really boring. "
" Elvis was really sweet and kind of bashful, but he didn't have a whole lot to say. "
" I am able to get up and dust myself off and keep moving forward. I'm very stubborn. "
" I am a very positive and optimistic person. "
" I am a woman of the moment. "
" I am not exactly Mrs. Good Housekeeping, although I love to cook, bake, even iron, but only because it's not mandatory. "
" I am the happiest Hispanic I've ever met. Truly. "
" I auditioned for 'West Side Story' just like everybody else, and I nearly had a heart attack, because I hadn't danced in about - oh, I don't know, about 15 years. "
" I call myself the hardware shelf. There's a lot of awards and honors there. And I have earned that. I didn't ask for it, I didn't beg for it, I didn't pay for it. I earned that. People see the accomplishments - but it's good to remind people that so much strife and labor and tears and heartbreak came before that, that it really is earned. "
" I can't dwell on past mistakes. "
" I don't want to miss out on my grandchildren and my daughter, and doing Broadway would do just that. "
" I feel like I could go on forever. "
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" If I get a hangnail, I don't dare complain! Life is good. I wake up humming. "
" I figure if I keep my spirit in shape, the bones will take care of themselves. "
" I first became aware of Gina Rodriguez when she was just starting out starring on 'Jane the Virgin,' and a friend sent me an article in which she mentioned me. "
" If you can find a way your character moves, you know more about your character than you'd ever dream. "
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