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Women's History Month: Rita Moreno, the First Latina Actress to Win an Oscar [VIDEO]

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Today we recognize living legend, Rita Moreno, the first Latina actress to win an Oscar.

The acting icon was born December 11, 1931, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, but moved to the U.S. as a child. Moreno was raised in New York, New York, and before the age of 20, she was already on Broadway.

With a career that spans over several decades, the actress, dancer and singer has broken many barriers for minorities in entertainment. After taking home the Academy Award in 1961, for Best Supporting Actress, in West Side Story, Moreno went on to become one of the very few performers in history, to have received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Those celebrities are known as EGOT winners. 

In 2004, Moreno was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President George W. Bush, and bestowed the National Medal of the Arts, by President Barack Obama, in 2009.

Watch the video below and find out more about this Phenomenal Woman.

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