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Rita Moreno Coming to Cinema Arts

West Side Story star will sign book, discuss career as Hollywood pioneer.

Rita Moreno will help kick off a special screening of “West Side Story” on March 7 at Cinema Arts Centre.

The evening will include a reception and signing of her new book, “Rita Moreno: A Memoir."

Moreno, the first Hispanic actress to win an Oscar, is also the first to win Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony (for The Ritz), Grammy and multiple Emmys – as well as the Library of Congress Living Legends Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and The National Medal of Arts, presented to her by President Obama.

Audiences will be able to watch the big screen, followed by an interview, Q&A, and chance to meet her during her book-signing reception.

CAC Members $20 / Public $25. Includes reception. Tickets can be purchased online, www.CinemaArtsCentre.org at the box office during theater hours or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006

Moreno is still going strong at 81. Known to entirely new generations through her ubiquitous hit TV roles, she is currently starring with Fran Drescher in Happily Divorced.

Before that she starred in The Electric Company on PBS, and the HBO hit series OZ for six years. She also made guest appearances on Ugly Betty, Law and Order, Golden Girls, plus a running role on Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? Her Tony for best featured actress came in 1975 as Googie Gomez in Terrence McNally’s play The Ritz, a role she later repeated in the Hollywood film version.

Dr. Jud Newborn, the CAC’s special events curator, will conduct the interview. The program begins at 7 p.m.

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