Rita Moreno paved the way for Latinas in entertainment 55 years ago. The Puerto Rican-born Hollywood trailblazer won best supporting actress at the Oscars in 1962 for her powerful (and frequently emulated) role as Anita in West Side Story, and as one of five Oscar-winning Latino actors — seriously, only five — she's still a huge influencer in both our community and the industry. (Maybe you've seen her as Rogelio De La Vega's mom, Liliana, on Jane the Virgin or as Lydia in Netflix's One Day at a Time?)
But perhaps the most endearing thing about her Oscars win was her acceptance speech — or lack thereof. In preparation for the 89th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, we unearthed the black-and-white clip of the groundbreaking moment in history, and it's a must see.
Watch Rita, wearing an adorable updo and structured dress, fast-walk up to the stage, smile wide, and say, "I can't believe it! Good lord . . . I'll leave you with that!"