Rita Moreno

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Moreno in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Rosa Dolores Alverío

Place of Birth: Humacao, Puerto Rico

Date of Birth: December 11, 1931

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican

Rita Moreno is an American actress, dancer, and singer. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for West Side Story (1961). Her roles also include Singin’ in the Rain, The King and I, Carnal Knowledge, The Four Seasons, the 2021 West Side Story, and the show Oz.

She was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico, the daughter of Rosa María Marcano and Francisco José “Paco” Alverío. Rita and her mother moved to New York City in the 1930s, living in Valley Stream, Long Island. Moreno was the surname of her first stepfather, Edward. Rita was married to cardiologist Leonard Gordon, until his death, with whom she has a daughter.

Rita’s paternal grandfather was Nemesio Alverio Rivera (the son of Severo Alverio/Alverro and Fermina Rivera).

Rita’s paternal grandmother was Dolores Carrión Carrión de Alverio (the daughter of Jose Dolores Carrión y Rodriguez and Petra Carrión y Guzmán de Carrión). Jose was the son of Jose Maria Carrión Cabrera and Magdalena Rodriguez. Petra was the daughter of Cornelio Carrión Diaz and Dolores Guzman.

Rita’s maternal grandfather was Justino Marcano Rivera (the son of Isaac Marcano and Eulalia/Eulogia Rivera). Justino was born in Juncos, Puerto Rico.

Rita’s maternal grandmother was Trinidad López Morales (the daughter of Ramon Lopez Peña and Justa Morales Peña). Ramón was the son of Juan Ramón López de Victoria Serrano and Maria Trinidad Peña Diaz. Justa was the daughter of Dionisio Morales Maldonado and Maria Salomé Peña Diaz.

Source: Immigration record of Rita’s mother – https://www.familysearch.org

28 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    Well, obviusly, she’s heavily european (problably all spaniard), but i can see the indignous mix, but it’s not predominant in her phenotype at all. My bet would be something between 70-75% spaniard and 18-22% indignous, she can also have some distant black ancestry Puerto Rico has a substantial black influence.

    • jonasbttencourt says:

      * indigenous

    • andrew says:

      LOL how did you come up with such random %.

      All 4 Rita’s grandparents are listed as White, or Blanco if you prefer, on various U.S. Census records.

      This is her full family free: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/pedigree/landscape/LRXR-JRD

      Her maternal grandmother was not born in Spain but in PR as well as her parents, U.S. Census says.

      Her paternal grandfather is described as “white, tall, slim, green eyes, black hair” (all in Spanish) on his Draft Card. Not a mestizo/mulatto.

      Some of Rita’s ancestral lines are Colonial Spanish in PR since the 1600s.

      Also her bith surname, Alverio, is a bit of a mistery because barely exists in Spain. Maybe an “Alvarez” mispelling.

      • andrew says:

        Her maternal grandfather’s draft card also reports the same physical description (in Spanish) of her paternal one: “white, tall, slim, green eyes, black hair”. The two men:



        • Oaken05 says:

          This is silly. Your own posts point toward her not being 100% European ancestry, which is the opposite of what you’re trying to show.

          And you’ve been here long enough to know that racial listsings on Census’ and draft cards and other records say very little about a person’s full ancestry. There are a lot of “white” Puerto Ricans with various amounts of African an idigenous ancestry. In fact, MOST Puerto Ricans have mixed ancestry. And the fact that you find that she can trace her family back to the 1600’s on the island INCREASES the probability of ancestry other than Spanish.

          • andrew says:

            It’s not that silly. Obviously this does not rule out other distant bloodlines but it indicates her grandparents were not mestizos or mulattoes.

      • jonasbttencourt says:

        Ok then, you guys should change her ethnicity to “Spanish, possibly other”, i just assumed that she had some non-white ancestry since she’s puerto rican, and given the fact that she looks obviusly white, that non-white ancestry would be most likely on the 1/8th, at best 1/4 range. If it’s 100% accurate that all of her grandparents were indeed full spaniards then just change it cuz these “puerto rican” is kinda cringe, not just cuz it’s not an ethnicity, but also the fact that a full white person is being discribed as an “ethnic” inhabtant of an obviusly very ethnically diverse place. Nonetheless, she looks quite odd for a spaniard in my opinion, but it can be just a coincidence, specific combination of genes, etc… Not saying “oh she definitely without a doubt looks 1/4 black and 1/4 indigenous”, but only with genetic testing we can know for sure, documented heritage only tells half of the story in a lot of cases.

        • andrew says:

          Odd for a Spaniard…in fact she has pinkish skin so I agree.

        • italiano90 says:

          If we’re going to change ritas bio to Spanish then we should we change Dayanara Torres and Josh Segarra’s bio to Spanish too since their whole families look european. It doesn’t make them any less “Puerto Rican” since thats just the place their family were born. I do agree that Puerto Rican isn’t a real “ethnicity”.

  2. blue says:

    I am from Madrid, Spain , and She can not pass in my country. She has native american features eyes , colours … she is a mixed with native or taino, not White hispanics.

    • pure-brain says:

      Spanish people aren’t white they’re Indian & indigenous,
      stop trying to be white

      • danishcookie7 says:

        @pure-brain You clearly have never been to Spain. Spaniards are White.

        • NOTREALLY says:

          dude he problably thinks “Spanish” refers to LatinAmericans LMFAO and I wouldn’t doubt he thinks Spain is in LatinAmerica too xD
          Also he said “indian 6 Indigenous” as if they were 2 separate things LOL this has to be a troll, I’m losing faith in humanity otherwise

    • José says:

      You are full of it. You are not a Spaniard..cut the baloney. There are tons and tons of Spanish people with her feature eyes and she most certainly is of Spanish descent. Carry on you troll. You are from Madrid Spain as Lucille Ball is from Honduras. Cut the mierda mentira. She is not mixed of Native which is Taino btw, you are mixed. You are probably a PR that is jealous or some wannabe Spaniard. Get a [email protected]@

  3. Connerfromvine says:

    She looks like Dr. Laura lol

  4. California says:

    She used to look more ethnic back in the day. She looks mostly White in this picture.

    • cwm85 says:

      She is of Spanish descent… she is European.

      • California says:

        I doubt she’s purely Spanish. She has a similar phenotype to Dorothy Dandridge, although Dandridge looked more visibly “Black”. You just want everyone to be White, you must be one of those self hating mulattoes that wants to 100% White. How moronic and sad.

          • cwm85 says:

            She does NOT look part black ok… No way when you see pics of her you think, she is black.. or part black… She looks European or very most mestiza.

        • cwm85 says:

          California why so much anger and hate and people have a right to have their own opinion there are some obnoxious, racist people on here and you are one of them. I BET you and M, Midiori29 are the same. Same hate filled language and same M.O. of trying to deny someone isn’t fully European and making everyone half black. Yes I am part black and white and native american. I am proud of them all. My mother is black and I love her to death. I am a person of color and have no issue with my light brown skin. It seems you are the nutjob that has a problem. Buzz off.

        • Camilo says:

          Puerto Rico is not an island of mulattos. We were an autonomous region of Spain until the turn of the last century. Most of our population is of Spanish and Corsican descent, since the overwhelming majority of our people emigrated from Europe in the 19th century because of La Cedula Real de Gracias, granting citizenship and land to European Catholics. Rita Moreno is very much of Spanish descent, you don’t even have to take into account her phenotype but the fact that she’s from Humacao. The further you move away from the eastern coasts the fewer black and colored people there are.

        • José says:

          How do you know? There are plenty of PR that are of pure Spanish heritage and are not mixed. Do your history, are you unaware that PR was the last colony of Spain. Plenty of Spaniard went there and had families for generations. Plenty are there today. People need to get educated.

    • pure-brain says:

      she used to look more ethnic back then because they always darkened her face/skin with special effects makeup for movies back then.
      they mentioned it in a show once.

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