Rita Moreno has been a star of stage and screen for more than 50 years. She’s nearing 80 now and still dancing and still beautiful.

She worked very hard to prepare and win the role of Anita in the film version of West Side Story in 1961, 50 years ago. Jerome Robbins choreographed the original stage musical and the movie. Moreno was recently quoted in the Costco Connection: “The dances were the hardest thing. We were rehearsing for months before we started filming the musical. Working with Robbins was difficult but rewarding. He was the motor and the person who inspired and scared us to death because he was a mean sort of fellow. But he really brought out the best in us… there was no question of that, and we knew that. As much as some of us may have hated  him,  we worshiped him at the same time because he was a genius. People like Robbins inspire people to go way beyond what they think they can actually accomplish. He certainly did that for me.”

The American Film Institute rates West Side Story the number two musical film of all time. It won 10 academy awards. Singing in the Rain is number one.

What’s the price you are willing to pay for success? Do you have one?

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