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Plus you know the last four weeks we've teamed up with -- -- apprentice program to bring you a fresh look into the lives of some extraordinary people inside the Hispanic and Latino community.
If -- again this morning with our last and very special feature I guarantee at least -- people are gonna know who -- talking about today it absolutely I could not been more excited to forgive my voice little bit of a cold here but yeah it was an absolute -- pleasure.
To spend time with the feisty -- irrepressible.
Bundle of joy that is really hammer and now as an actor she's simply done at all I sat down with her recently at her home in Berkeley California.
To talk about her remarkable career how she broke through and why she's still performing today.
The best way to get over it may still find and out of it and why do let me -- -- up.
Hold its -- -- type -- can't.
Do we really have the luxury of having that -- You literally been on stage and found her sent -- five years what keeps drawing you back.
I was born -- this you know I really I can't really blame my DNA I don't think there's any other way to explain something like that.
From the time I was a little girl in Puerto Rico used to -- from grandpa.
It's just in the early action.
I -- Love.
And any performer who tells you otherwise.
Is lying but it -- Hit it just once come over here with happy -- who's.
Gore and Ross Sutton their Lotus a video she spent the first five years in her native Puerto Rico.
But when her parents divorced her mother brought her to New York for a chance at a better life that they learned early on it wouldn't be ECU.
When my he started to go to school which was kindergarten I didn't know word of English.
But I'll tell you one thing it's one way to learn English really fast as I got caught some very mean means I didn't know what those -- -- but I -- -- What they meant it was very tough.
And it really it really to colored my life for many to many years.
I really grew up thinking that I didn't have much.
-- -- no better now.
I don't I'm saying -- act act.
Onstage a little rusty down flourished almost immediately first -- -- dancing and then her voice but when she coffee I have been GM there was a problem.
The man who was -- casting.
In charge of casting -- -- very powerful guy called -- to his office and said we have to change -- name.
It's two Italian.
With open -- and green.
And that's an Italian and they -- INO.
And so we went to a bunch of names some of them really hilarious you know -- it was -- Montenegro.
That was -- as I had to sit.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- And -- -- a -- -- everyday is Rita Hayworth and I'm so old she's my icon okay.
-- -- -- -- -- -- But her new name only tickers so far with Hollywood casting agents you're dealing with these stereotypical roles over and over and over again how far over the -- -- you have to go oh I.
It was bad I mean it was -- that I remember when my most famous clients not to anybody else of the world but to me was.
Why you know I love conscience on no more.
And when the white man told me I think to myself off a cliff.
I mean I did you know.
Well you can.
Think you couldn't move couldn't you up up up -- -- I can laugh -- it now but I have to tell you that it was demeaning.
And it made me feel really bad about myself and is what is what's the eventually send -- into psychotherapy.
She spent five years in therapy repairing herself something she talks about it her new book -- -- a memoir which comes out in the spring.
I -- so much when I wrote it from.
Because it opened up.
It opened up so many things that I had literally thought that I have put -- way.
And I mean I would be typing away really.
And then having to -- -- I could see the keys.
Sheer perseverance and tons of talent propelled -- -- roles that got her noticed but nothing put her on the map like West Side Story.
Which made her a star on the world stage that moment right before they call your name do you remember I remember clearly I remember that I thought anyone else in the -- his hand -- -- Oscar.
Except me so far.
And I was putting on my will listen that wonderful cook but the -- it's.
And my name was called and I said don't run it's not dignified don't -- at this stage and I didn't.
More awards would follow including a Tony for the -- a Grammy for singing on an album for the electric company.
An an Emmy for special appearances on the Muppet Show and -- Rockford Files.
But it was the power of her personality did eventually changed Hollywood and now here you are paying your plane at cheering crowd.
-- great bet founder and kind of cranky.
Let me know what sort of -- and I thank him.
First look back your story.
What do you want them to take away from that I believe that if you get knocked down.
You really really had a -- and I'm an actress who who can do in my opinion anyway anything that I want to do I don't.
At the top of my game as far as I'm concerned I'm in the prime of my life and I'm eighty.
I have the 81 in December.
And I am -- happy -- Puerto Rican government.
With all the wonderful thing she's done on stage and in the movie she says her most important role is that a caregiver.
She's -- national spokesperson for the American Heart Association.
And specifically talks to groups with type two diabetes on how to reduce their risks for cardiovascular disease to see more story celebrating Hispanic heritage month.
Go to Fox News Latino.
Dot com and one thing I have to say was I just.
Really appreciated her honesty.
And -- used is really so inspirational and all for the stories you've done has been fantastic thank you so much thanks from a -- assists against them thank you so much much.
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