Rita Moreno is about to join the crème de la crème of Hollywood circles.
That means Moreno will be one of only three entertainment figures to achieve PEGOT status — winning a Peabody, an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. (She has actually won two Emmys.) The other two to hold that PEGOT distinction are Barbra Streisand and the late film director Mike Nichols.
Moreno pointed out on Twitter that she’s the first Latino recipient of the Peabody Career Achievement Award, which was first presented to Carol Burnett in 2017.
Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of the Peabody Awards, praised Moreno as “a unique talent who has not only broken barriers, but whose career continues to thrive six-plus decades after her acting debut.”
“We are delighted to celebrate her many contributions to entertainment and media, as well as her passion for children’s programming and important social issues,” he told Deadline. (Moreno appeared on “The Electric Company” during the 1970s.)
Moreno, who won the Oscar for her turn as Anita in the 1961 film adaptation of “West Side Story,” will return to that movie musical this summer when she joins the cast of Steven Spielberg’s remake. She’ll be playing Valentina, a “re-conceived and expanded” version of the character of Doc, the owner of the corner store in which Tony (Ansel Elgort) works.
Moreno will receive her Peabody Award at a May 18 ceremony in New York.