In­side the Os­car Win­ner’s Re­turn to West Side Story

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NO WON­DER she likes to live in Amer­ica! Rita Moreno, who won an Academy Award as Anita in the 1961 film ver­sion of West Side Story, has been cast in di­rec­tor Steven Spiel­berg’s up­com­ing re­make of the clas­sic mu­si­cal. “From our ear­li­est dis­cus­sions, we wanted to in­clude Rita Moreno in our pro­duc­tion,” says Steven. “Her Anita is one of the great­est mu­si­cal per­for­mances ever filmed, and a per­sonal fa­vorite of mine. We cre­ated an orig­i­nal role for her, and we feel beyond for­tu­nate that Rita will bring her ex­tra­or­di­nary gifts as an ac­tress.” Rita will play Valentina, a re­vamped ver­sion of cor­ner-store owner Doc. She’ll also be an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on the film, which will be writ­ten by Tony Kush­ner (An­gels in Amer­ica). “Never in my wildest dreams did

I see my­self re­vis­it­ing this sem­i­nal work,” says Rita. “And to be asked by Steven Spiel­berg to par­tic­i­pate is sim­ply thrilling! Then to work to­gether with Tony Kush­ner — what a glo­ri­ous stew! I am tin­gling!”

In ad­di­tion to her Os­car, Rita has also won an Emmy, a Grammyand a Tony!

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