Actress Rita Moreno is not just a great Puerto Rican-American -- she’s a national treasure. A woman with accomplishments like none other, an inspiration on countless levels, and an extraordinary groundbreaking Hollywood legend.
As she rode atop a convertible along New York’s Fifth Avenue in Sunday’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade, the pride her fellow Puerto Ricans feel for the 83-year superstar was clear.
The daughter of a Puerto Rican dad moved with her seamstress mom to a new island -- Manhattan -- in 1936, which makes her ride up Fifth Avenue all the more poignant.
The move came almost a full decade before the massive migration from Puerto Rico to America (mostly New York City) began. Between the mid-1940s and 1970, nearly a million left their beloved home, the newest wave of immigrants that redefined ever-changing New York.
By age 13, Moreno was on Broadway and for the next 70 years she’s been unstoppable.