The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors have selected Rita Moreno as the recipient of the Peabody Career Achievement Award. “Rita Moreno is a unique talent who has not only broken barriers, but whose career continues to thrive six-plus decades after her acting debut,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody. “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.”
With the addition of the Peabody Career Achievement Award, Moreno has won all of the most prestigious awards in show business: the Oscar, the Tony, two Emmys, and a Grammy. Her credits span more than six decades, beginning with her Broadway debut at age 13. Moreno has starred on Broadway; in London’s West End; appeared in more than 40 feature films, and on countless television shows. She has performed in numerous regional theaters including her one-woman show, “Life Without Makeup” at the Berkeley Rep. For three seasons, Moreno starred in the remake of Norman Lear’ sitcom “One Day at a Time” on Netflix, which was nominated for a 2017 Peabody Award. Just recently, she signed on as an executive producer in the Steven Spielberg remake of “West Side Story,” a film in which she is also co-starring.
Moreno also received The Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American Culture and was honored by her peers as the 50th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.