My Dinner with...RITA MORENO

Two Thursdays ago, ModFab tagged me to follow a fabulous meme, one which insisted that I fully imagine My Dinner With...

1. Pick a single person, past or present, in the film industry who you'd like to have dinner with, and tell us why you chose this person.
I think I'd like to have dinner with Rita Moreno. And if you have to ask why, lovely reader, you've really just not been paying attention. West Side Story? Tennessee Williams? Gay bathhouses? The Muppets? I've adored Ms. Moreno since I first heard her shout, "Hey You Guyyys," and would love to celebrate the marvelousness of her over a meal.

2. Set the table for your dinner. What would you eat? Would it be in a home or at a restaurant? And what would you wear? Feel free to elaborate on the details.
Hmm. I love boricuan food. A lot. So, I might just go there, perhaps inviting Daisy Martinez to cater a full feast of her choosing while encouraging just a little bit of pan-Latin fusion (you know how much I love a good pupusa). I'm thinking that Rita & I would invite a whole bunch of folks -- only those of whom we were especially fond -- over for a casual gathering, perhaps at a resort of some kind. Dress would be casual, though we'd presume everyone to look fairly gorgeous in that summer afternoon sort of way. After greeting the first few dozen guests, Rita and I would retreat for a time to an opulent private suite. There, we'd dig into a specially arrayed repast, while also dishing the dirt. After about an hour or so, we'd join the rest of the guests downstairs for more fabulousness, reconnecting at opportune, entertaining intervals throughout the evening.

3. List five thoughtful questions you would ask this person during dinner.
- "Where there any interesting conversations about you playing Burmese in The King and I?"
- "What's been the most interesting consequence of your winning the Oscar for
West Side Story?"
- "Tell me all about your scene in
Carnal Knowledge."
- "Which was wackiest: The Electric Company, The Muppets, or The Ritz?"
- "During the 1970s and 1980s, you played non-Latina roles as often as you portrayed Latina roles, while in the 1990s and the 2000s you've played almost exclusively Latin parts. Why do you think that is? And how has being Latina in the entertainment industry changed, or not changed, in the time since you started?"

4. When all is said and done, select six bloggers to pass this Meme along to. Link back to Lazy Eye Theatre, so that people know the mastermind behind this Meme.
I appoint the following as fellow memers: Brad of Oh, Well, Just This Once...; Jakey of Adrift in New York; Rural Juror; Kimberly of Cinebeats; GayProf of Center of Gravitas; and Your Mom.


GayProf said...

Oooh -- Moreno is a good choice.

Cal said...

Surprise, surprise, you picked a Supporting Actress winner!

I seriously haven't seen nearly enough of Rita. Only West Side Story and The King and I, which I've liked her in. She looks gorgeous in that older looking photo. Real classy!

Cinebeats said...

Oh my goodness! I loooove lovely Rita!!

I actually have a fun Rita story that I'll share...

When my mom was alive she worked for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund in the SF Bay Area and she was often put in charge of helping out with big events such as celebrity dinners, etc. One big event featured Rita Moreno as the "Guest of Honor" and my mom was disappointed to discover that she was a total diva. Rita would only drive in white limos - black limos were a no-no! My mom spent a lot of time trying to keep Rita happy when she was in town. I finally begged my mom to get me an autograph and thankfully she overcame her fear of Rita and asked the diva for her signature and mentioned that her daughter (me of course) was a big fan. Rita was very nice and took the time to sign something for me which I treasure. I only wish I could have met her myself.

She is my favorite thing about West Side Story and one reason I enjoy watching that musical over and over again. I had totally forgotten she was in The Electric Company... I loved that show when I was a kid so thanks for the memories!

StinkyLulu said...

It doesn't make me happy that Rita was/is a total diva, but I must say the fact that she insisted on a WHITE limousine sorta makes up for it. WTF?