Hollywood legend Rita Moreno can add one more notch to her impressive honors – the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced it is presenting the Puerto-Rican-born star with the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. The multi-talented 81-year-old actress is the 50th recipient of this honor. SAG-AFTRA is the actors’ union.
“She is an extraordinarily versatile, talented and generous actor whose career is notable for its courageous choices and for the breadth, depth and quality of her many demanding and commanding roles,” said in a statement SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard, as reported in The Hollywood Reporter. “She is a magnificent actor, and I am honored to join all SAG-AFTRA members in recognizing the incomparable Rita Moreno.”
The accomplished Latina actress, best known for playing Anita in West Side Story, is one of the few actors to have received an Academy Award, a Tony, a Grammy and an Emmy. She has also been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of the Arts. Moreno received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995.
“No one is more deserving of this honor than the fabulous and accomplished Rita Moreno, an iconic talent whose excellent work includes hit movies, highly-rated television series, landmark public television programs and award-winning recordings. She is emblematic of the broad reach and diverse coverage of our new, merged union,” Roberta Reardon, SAG-AFTRA co-president added in a statement. “She is an inspiration in every effort, but never more so than with her civil rights activism, promoting equality and diversity while ushering in a more representative depiction of the American scene on screen.”
Moreno recently wrote a book about her life; Rita Moreno: A Memoir.
The award will be televised on January 18, 2014 during the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.