'Oz,' 'West Side Story' remain Rita Moreno's favorite roles

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Zap2it : What were your favorite roles?

Rita Moreno : I loved playing Anita in "West Side Story," and I loved, loved playing Sister Peter Marie in "Oz." And talk about casting away from type. Rita Moreno as a nun -- say what?

Zap2it : Do you see yourself first as a dancer or singer or actor, or are they so completely intertwined?

Rita Moreno : I see myself as an actress, always have. Even when I sang. My selection of songs always requires a lot of acting. I am an actress who sings. Honey I am about to be 82. I call it moving! Chita Rivera dances. I move.

Zap2it : Since you brought her up, people always seem to confuse you two, don't they?

Rita Moreno : We are attached at the hip, the two of us -- "West Side Story," "The Rink" -- it goes on and on. And we don't resemble each other. I have had show people tell me they loved me in something. [I say,] "No, you didn't." [They say,] "No, no, no! Don't be modest." I even have had people ask me for her autograph. I feel bad. I don't want to sign. I am so sorry. You are thinking of Chita Rivera, and I am Rita Moreno. Every so often it will be with someone incredibly famous, and I say "Thank you! Thank you!" I don't want to embarrass them.

Zap2it : What else would you have done?

Rita Moreno : I can't think of anything I would have done. I am someone whose DNA was absolutely in the performing arts.
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