Rita Moreno. ¡La Leyenda! Love her, I truly do. Ever since the first time I saw West Side Story on network television when I was a kid in South Central Los Angeles, I have been fascinated with the work of actress Rita Moreno. Not just fascinated. I've been enlightened, educated and -- of course -- entertained by her work. You know that Moreno became the first Puerto Rican actress to win the Academy Award. She won for her singing, dancing and dramatic acting in the classic movie musical, West Side Story. It also won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1961.