U-Rita Moreno waqala wabonakala xa wayeneminyaka emi-5. Ngoku sele esondela kwi-80, i-diva edumileyo isakhaba izithende zayo.



Kwiminyaka apho abaninzi banelisekile kukuphumla kwabo, umsebenzi kaMoreno usenemilenze emihle. Ngeentsuku zakhe zokungadlali umama kaFran Drescher odlamkileyo kwiTV Land's Happily Divorced, i-icon ye-showbiz ilungiselela ukubeka izinto zayo kwi-premiere yehlabathi yoBomi ngaphandle kweMakeup, inkumbulo yakhe elindelekileyo yobomi bakhe kwaye uyathanda eBerkeley Repertory Theatre. Uyavuyiswa kukukhuthala namhlanje njengaxa wayeqalisa.

Ndiyahlawulwa ngayo ke kufuneka ibe ngumsebenzi, utshilo umdlali weqonga, ilizwi lakhe lentengiso elihusky livela kwifowuni esuka eLos Angeles, apho axakeke khona ecofa i-sitcom. Kodwa le yinto endiyithandayo ukuyenza. Ndenzelwe yona. Ndinjalo ke nditsalwa.





Umsebenzi wakhe omde nonembali uzaliswe ziiprojekthi ezibalulekileyo ezinqumla imigca yohlobo. Wayeyinxalenye yomdlalo weTV wabantwana abathandekayo Inkampani yoMbane kwaye washiya uphawu olungacimekiyo kwimbali yomculo bhanyabhanya njengo-Anita, i-skirt-swirling firecracker kwi-West Side Story.

U-Moreno utshata isakhelo somdanisi omncinci onesayizi enkulu ye-regal kwaye umgangatho wakhe weenkwenkwezi ongenakuchazwa woyikeka ngakumbi eqongeni. Rhoqo, kwiminyaka yakutshanje, wenze iBerkeley Rep ikhaya lakhe lethiyetha, ephumelela imidyarho njengoMaria Callas kwiKlasi yeMasters kunye noAmanda Wingfield kwiGlass Menagerie.



Enye yezinto endiyithanda kakhulu ngaye kukuba uye wavuma ngokuqinileyo ukuzivumela ukuba abanjwe njengomdlali weqonga, utshilo uGreg MacKellan, umlawuli wezobugcisa weqela laseSan Francisco le-42nd Street Moon. Ububanzi nobunzulu bomsebenzi wakhe kumgcine eyinkwenkwezi ixesha elide.

Njengoko omnye umhlalutyi esitsho, Wenze yonke into eyenziwa ngumdlali weqonga, ngamanye amaxesha kabini, kwaye phantse esoloko engcono. Nokuba wenza ntoni na, abasebenzisana nabo bathi uhlasela iprojekthi njengejoni.



Unesisa kwaye kakhulu, uyahlekisa kwaye unomdla kwaye ubuthathaka kwaye unedemokhrasi, utsho umlawuli uLes Waters (I-Glass Menagerie). Ngaba yi-diva? Hayi ngekhe. Ungumsebenzi. Usebenza nzima kunaye nabani na endakha ndadibana naye.

Umlilo emehlweni akhe ngokuqinisekileyo ubonakala unganciphi ngokuhamba kwexesha. Loo ntlantsi imenza agqame naphakathi kwamanqanaba aphezulu amagcisa aphumelele iOscar (iBali elisecaleni lasentshona), iiEmmys ezimbini (iiFayile zeRockford kunye noMboniso weMuppet), uTony (iRitz) kunye neGrammy (iNkampani yoMbane). Kwirekhodi, wayengumdlali wokuqala we-actress ukuyikhupha.



Iintsimbi zesihogo, ayisiyonto intle? Utsho ekhwaza. Ndiyakuthanda oko!

Umboniso weshishini ngokuqinisekileyo utshintshile oko waqalayo. Wazalwa ngo-1931 e-Humacao, ePuerto Rico, intombi yomthungi kunye nomfama, uMoreno wayekude nokudubula okuqinisekileyo ukuba abe yintsomi yaseHollywood. Wafudukela eNew York eneminyaka emi-5 kwaye waqhekeza kwi-biz edlala kwisekethe ye-bat mitzvah. Wafumana indima yakhe yokuqala ye-Broadway eneminyaka eyi-13, watsala amehlo e-Hollywood scouts. Umogul bhanya-bhanya uLouis B. Mayer wamtyikitya eMGM apho wafumana umsebenzi omninzi edlala amantombazana omthonyama, ixesha ebomini bakhe alibiza ngokuba ngumzabalazo.



Uyakuvuyela ukuqaphela ukuba iLatinos yenze inkqubela phambili enkulu eHollywood, ukuba akunjalo njengoko angathanda. Ucango ngoku luvulekile ukuba aluvulwanga yonke indlela, utsho. Asikawafumani amalungu alungileyo, iindima ezinokuthi zizise umdla kaOscar. Asazi nje.

Emuva kwimini, wafumana iinxalenye ezincinci kwiifilimu zakudala ezifana neSingin 'kwimvula kunye noKumkani kunye nam. Emva koko, ngo-1961, kwafika 'iNdaba yeWest Side, apho waphumelela i-Oscar.

Ngaphandle kwawo onke amawonga akhe, uyavuma ukuba unoloyiko malunga nokukhupha umphefumlo wakhe eqongeni. Isiqingatha sokuqala seshumi elinambini umlawuli wezobugcisa weBerkeley Rep uTony Taccone wammisela le projekthi, wayigatya.

Ewe! Umbono wokuhamba ebomini bam, izinto ezibuhlungu, izinto ezimbi, ndandiyithiyile. Yayindoyikisa ngokupheleleyo, ukhumbula oko. Kodwa kwiminyaka emibini edluleyo, wabuya waza wathi, ‘Uyazi dearie, ngoku lixesha.’ Yaye wayenyanisile.

Njengoko kwenzeka, ixesha liye lajika ligqibelele. UMoreno usamkhumbula umyeni wakhe ongasekhoyo kunye nomanejala uLeonard Gordon, osweleke kulo nyaka uphelileyo eneminyaka engama-90 - bebetshatile ukusukela ngo-1965 - kodwa uyachacha kwilahleko kwaye ufumana ubomi obutsha. Kwaye ngoku akukho mfuneko yokuba azikhathaze ngendlela anokusabela ngayo kwiingxelo ezikumboniso wakhe.

Kukho izinto ebendifuna ukwabelana ngazo endizikhathazayo, utsho ngokuphandle. Ngoku uLenny ehambile, kulungile. Luhlobo olumangalisayo lwenkululeko.

Ubuye umva emva kokutshintshwa kwedolo lakhe. Uvuma ngokukhululekileyo ukuba akayonkukhu yasentwasahlobo kodwa uyacatshukiswa kukuchwethezwa ngenxa yobudala bakhe.

Ndikwindawo entle ngoku. Ndinombulelo kakhulu, utsho, ngaphambi kokuba avume, andidani njengoko bendiqhele ukwenza. Idolo alifuni ukugoba kwaye ukulinganisela akukuhle kwaye ekuqaleni ndandinexhala malunga nokuba abagxeki baya kuthini, kodwa uyazi? (Ecacisa) 'em!

Ewe, eyona nkwenkwezi yokwenyani yomboniso, anethemba lokuyisa eNew York ngaxa lithile, yimfihlakalo yakhe - hayi imidlalo yakhe.

Unetalente kunye nemfihlakalo, utshilo uWaters. Kukho inxalenye yakhe engabonakaliyo ebanjiweyo-engayi kukuvumela ukuba ubone-kwaye, kum, yeyona nto imenza abe yinkwenkwezi.

Ukutya kwi-treasure trove ye-Hollywood trivia bubomi bakhe-wakha wajola no-Elvis ukuba enze uBrando abe nomona kwaye kwasebenza-sisinongo soBomi Ngaphandle kweMakeup, eyenziwa nguMoreno kunye noTaccone kunye.

Umqolo womdlalo, nangona kunjalo, unobuntu kakhulu. Enye yezona ndawo zinzima ukuzikhumbula zibandakanya ubudlelwane bakhe kunye nomama wakhe, owayenoMoreno xa wayeneminyaka eli-17 kuphela.

Ebenamandla, amandla uwabona kum ndiwafumene kuye, utsho encwina kakhulu. Uye waphumelela ngeendlela ezininzi kodwa naye wandoyisakala ngeendlela ezininzi.

Okwangoku, u-Moreno uyakhawuleza ukucacisa ukuba le asiyontleba yasimahla kubo bonke. Amanye amanenekazi afika kwintanga yam kwaye ayiyeka yonke ihlale. Ayindim lowo. Andiyi kukhankanya amagama nje ukukhathaza abantu. Andifuni ukusebenzisa abanye ukufumana ingqalelo. Ayisiyiyo le nto ubomi bam bumalunga nayo.

Wenza okwahlukileyo xa kuziwa kuthando lwakhe oluqhumayo noMarlon Brando. Apho utyhila kancinci egameni lothando.

Wandibumba ngeendlela ezininzi, utsho. Wabubumba ubomi bam. Wawulungisa umsebenzi wam. Ngeendlela ezininzi, wayeluthando lobomi bam. Kwaye indlela eyaphela ngayo? Ndasela iipilisi zokulala ezininzi.

Ngalo lonke ixesha ehendwa, ulinda isingqi ngaphambi kokongeza: Ukuba ufuna ukuva lonke ibali, kufuneka uze kubona umboniso, sithandwa!

Qhagamshelana noKaren D'Souza kwi-408-271-3772. Jonga uphononongo lwakhe lwethiyetha www.mercurynews.com/karen-dsouza.

IBHYOGRAFI

Ngubani: uRita Moreno
Indawo yokuhlala: Berkeley
Ubudala: 79
Iprojekthi yangoku: Edlala kwiRita Moreno: Ubomi ngaphandle kwe-Makeup eBerkeley Repertory Theatre, ngoSeptemba 2 ukuya ku-Oct. I-$ 14.50 ukuya kwi-73 yeedola (ixhomekeke kwinguqu), 510-647″2949, www.berkeleyrep.org
Amabhaso: Oscar (iBali elisecaleni laseWest); iiEmmys ezimbini (Iifayile zeRockford kunye noMboniso weMuppet); a Tony (The Ritz); iGrammy (iNkampani yoMbane)
Xabiso:Andidanisi njengokuba bendisenza. Idolo alifuni ukugoba kwaye ibhalansi ayilungile kwaye ekuqaleni ndandinexhala malunga nokuba abagxeki baya kuthini (malunga nomboniso wakhe omtsha). Kodwa uyazi ntoni? (Ecacisa) 'em!




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