Rita Moreno 'tried to end her life' after being 'mistreated' by Brando

West Side Story star Rita Moreno, 90, says she ‘tried to end her life’ after being ‘mistreated’ by beau of 8 years Marlon Brando: ‘A bad guy when it came to women’

  • The 90-year-old actress claimed that Brando was ‘exciting’
  • But she also said The Godfather actor was a ‘bad guy’ towards women
  • They had dated for eight years and he had allegedly cheated on her many times
  • But when she got married and had a child, he wanted her back and she said no
  • Rita is known for starring in the original and remake of West Side Story
  • Brando – who was known for On The Waterfront – died in 2004 at the age of 80

Rita Moreno said she ‘tried to end her life’ after being ‘mistreated’ by Marlon Brando.

The 90-year-old actress – who is known for playing the role of Anita in original film version of West Side Story from 1961 – claimed that while her eight-year relationship with late Hollywood icon Marlon Brando in the 1950s was ‘exciting’, he was a ‘bad guy’ towards women.

‘Ultimately, it was exciting to be with Marlon,’ said the dancer. ‘Oh, my God, it was exciting. He was extraordinary in many, many ways, but he was a bad guy.’

Her difficult past: Rita Moreno said she ‘tried to end her life’ after being ‘mistreated’ by Marlon Brando. Seen in December 2021 in Los Angeles

Brando was one of the biggest stars in the 1950s and 1960s. He is best known for the films On The Waterfront and The Godfather. Marlon died in 2004 at the age of 80.

The beauty then said: ‘He was a bad guy when it came to women. I was such a different person then. I had all the makings of a doormat.

‘So, whenever he lied, I would look at him and I’d say, ‘Marlon, look at me.’ And he’d start to grin this kind of — I don’t want to use the bad word — that poop-eating grin,’ she noted. 

Not an angel: The 90-year-old actress claimed that while her eight-year relationship with late Hollywood icon Brando in the 1950s was ‘exciting’, but he was a ‘bad guy’ towards women. On the set of the film Desiree in 1954

‘I could read him like a book and that’s why he loved me, and that’s why he mistreated me in so many ways. I tried to end my life with pills in his house. That’s how I tried to do it.’

Speaking to fellow actress Jessica Chastain for Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ series, Rita explained that she experienced confusion over wanting to kill the ‘trod-upon’ version of herself.

She added: ‘I didn’t understand that if I was going to kill this pathetic, sad, trod-upon Rita, the rest of Rita was also going to go with me. 

Another film: The could seen in the movie Night Of The Following Day in 1968

‘I really didn’t seem to understand that. But that’s what the attempt was. It was an attempt.’

The Oscar-winning star – who was later married to her manager Leonard Gordon from 1965 until his death in 2010 – went on to reveal that Marlon had wanted to reunite after she had settled down.

She said: ‘What’s interesting is that he wanted to renew.’

But she was in a committed union. ‘I was now married. I had a beautiful child, Fernanda,’ she added.

He did not treat her too well: The beauty then said: ‘He was a bad guy when it came to women. I was such a different person then. I had all the makings of a doormat’

That did not stop Marlon from wanting her to come back.

‘He was ready to have a go again. I didn’t want that. But he did. He lost a big part of himself, I think. The good part of him, the good Marlon that Rita loved. It was very complicated. Really, really complicated.’

Meanwhile, she has had a comeback recently. 

Oscar, Tony, Grammy and two-time Emmy winner Moreno’s illustrious career as an actress, dancer, singer and producer has spanned more than seven decades, beginning with her Broadway debut at age 13. 

Moreno has starred on Broadway and London’s West End, appeared in more than 40 feature films and countless television shows, and has performed in numerous regional theaters including her one woman show, Life Without Makeup, at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

A kick: Moreno, center in lilac, is known for playing the role of Anita in original film version of West Side Story from 1961; the movie was adapted from a stage musical 

She had a touching moment with this legend: Rita is seen right with Natalie Wood who died in 1981 off the coast of Catalina, California

Most recently, Moreno co-stars and is an Executive Producer of the Steven Spielberg remake of the classic, West Side Story, which released worldwide this past December. 

She also stars in the upcoming feature film, The Prank, due to be released in 2022. 

Her documentary Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It, for American Masters Pictures had its world debut at Sundance Film Festival last year. She also continues to headline as a guest artist with symphony orchestras as well as perform lectures and speaking engagements around the country.

She made a return: The Hollywood vet was seen in Steven Spielberg’s new 2021 version; she played Valentina

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced the award-winning actress and singer will be honored with the 2022 Stanley Kramer Award. Moreno will receive the award at the 33rd Annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at the Fairmont Century Plaza.  

‘The last thing I ever dreamed of in my young life was being honored in any circumstance,’ she said in a statement.

‘That the Producers Guild of America has chosen to honor me not only for my work but for the principles I have tried to uphold and live by throughout my life is so gratifying. I am thrilled,’ added Moreno.

Her love: The Oscar-winning star married manager Leonard Gordon from 1965 until his death in 2010; seen in 2008

Her mini me girl: Moreno (R) and daughter Fernanda Luisa Gordon attend the 2012 Jackie Robinson Foundation awards dinner in NYC

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