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Rita Moreno and West Side Story
Posted by: AnObserver 09:48 pm EDT 05/06/21

Moreno was on TCM tonight complaining that Natalie Wood was American and not Hispanic and therefore in her opinion not right to play Maria in WSS. (Wood's parents were Russian immigrants.) I don't think she mentioned that Chakiris (a Greek name) was born in Ohio and not Hispanic. His parents were immigrants. Moreno was born in Puerto Rico but was not Asian when she appeared in THE KING AND I. I think she may have failed to also mention that. Carol Lawrence was born in Illinois to Italian parents and Chita was born in D.C. Her mother was of Scottish and Italian descent.
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