Moreno's PBS doc to illustrate how her career was built one day at a time

Posted at 10:55 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 13:00:24-04

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - PBS recently announced it will air a documentary on EGOT winner Rita Moreno.

"Rita Moreno: The Girl Who Decided to Go for It" will chart her decades-long career that led to her Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award wins. It will feature interviews, archival footage, reenactments of Moreno's childhood and animation.

Norman Lear and and "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda have partnered to produce the project, slated to air in 2020.

The Puerto-Rican actress is currently filming the Steven Spielberg remake of "West Side Story." She won a best supporting actress Oscar for the film in 1962 for her role as Maria, becoming the first Latina to win the award.

“How I wish my Puerto Rican mother were alive to see this: her child’s story being celebrated by the likes of American Masters,” said Moreno in a statement “It is not something she or I could ever have imagined. I’m astonished. I’m humbled.”

Her sitcom "One Day at a Time," produced by Lear and co-starring Justina Machado, was just saved from cancellation by Pop TV after three seasons on Netflix.

“Rita is La Reina. Punto. Full stop,” said executive producer Miranda, who was a pivotal player in finding Moreno's "One Day At A Time" reboot a new home. “Her life, talent and career is a masterclass in the American dream. It is about time that she takes her rightful place amongst her peers on American Masters.”