Thursday, August 22, 2013
The Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress Rita Moreno, epitomizes the concept of growing old with zest and vitality. But the actress, best known for the 1961 musical, West Side Story, has not always lived a life of glamour. She is a surviver in every sense of the word. When we met in Hollywood, to talk about her autobiography, I encountered an 81-year old who was sassy, sexy and hugely content with her life. Moreno is the only Hispanic, and one of only a handful of performers, to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and a Tony Award. She was given a Best supporting actress Academy Award for her signature role in West Side Story. In her book, she tells the story of her unlikely rise to stardom in the US and her long affair with screen icon Marlon Brando. She discusses racism in Hollywood and her obsession with looking like Elizabeth Taylor. It was announced recently that Moreno is to receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for her career and humanitarian work. BBC VIDEO: PICTURE THIS
Sunday, August 18, 2013
As we enter the dog days of summer, this is a beautifully written piece about the care-free summers of childhood. The tag line to Bob Brody's 'Boyhood, Airborne,' reads : The magic of a rope swing, the lightheartedness of summer, and the promise of youth: every once in a while, these fleeting feelings come back. Evocative and inspiring at the same time.