Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando: Every every one of them is an icon in their own right: Rita Moreno, a Puerto Rican-born American actress, received the prestigious EGOT award, making her one of only a few people in history to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando
And Marlon Brando, who earned the title of American Movie Institute’s fourth biggest male film star for his appearances in classic films like A Streetcar Named Desire and The Godfather, has become a display legend for his roles in classic films like A Streetcar Named Desire and The Godfather.
And fate brought them together in the early days of their professions, igniting a heated connection that was as much romance as it was drama—so dangerous that Moreno’s life was on the line at one point. Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando
Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando
Nonetheless, their attraction was palpable, and they kept finding their way back together, resulting to a stormy eight-year romance marked more by scandal than love. Despite the fact that Brando died in 2004 from pulmonary fibrosis, Moreno, who married Leonard Gordon in 1965 and remained married until his death in 2010, believes Brando to be a major influence on her life.
In 2017, she told Folks, “He was a great love of mine in my life,” pointing to a photograph of Brando in her bedroom. “This one almost seems like a vignette from a movie, so that’s why it’s there.” She said, “He was the desire of my life,” before pointing to a photo of Gordon and calling him the “love of my life.”
There have been sparks between them from the very begin
Moreno was born Ruby Dolores Alverio and moved to the Bronx with her family when she was five years old. She was discovered when she was sixteen and was signed by film producer Louis B. Mayer. In 1954, at the age of 22, she found herself in a make-up room on the set of Désirée, the film in which Brando, then 30 years old, was starring as Napoleon. Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando
According to The New York Publish, she wrote in her self-titled 2013 memoir, “Simply meeting him that first day sent my body temperature surging as if I had been dumped directly into a really popular jacuzzi, and I went right into a full-body flush.” “It was the kind of exhilaration that makes you want to write poetry.”
That was just the beginning, and Moreno was slow to provide details. “To say he was a significant lover — sensual, generous, marvelously imaginative — is to grossly understate what he did not only to my body, but to my soul,” she wrote in her memoir. “Every aspect of being with Marlon was fascinating, since he was more interested in the world than anyone else I’d ever met.”
“Marlon has always loved Latin females…,” she told Folks in 1975, “and I knew she was his kind.” I don’t believe he’s ever dated a blonde. He has a reputation for being strong or cold, yet he is actually a very light, loving man.” Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando
Moreno tried to make Brando jealous after his infidelities
However, that period of zeal had a gloomy side to it as well. During his “on and off” relationship with Moreno, Brando pursued many women, marrying Anna Kashfi in 1957 and Movita Castaneda in 1960, and fathering children with each of them.
The pain was unbearable for Moreno, who said, “He destroyed my heart and came dangerously close to breaking my own spirit with his bodily infidelities and, worse, with his emotional betrayals.” Despite the fact that she was quick to recognize his sample, she couldn’t resist the appeal. She said, “I couldn’t stay away.” “In reality, I was becoming addicted to the problem of repeatedly succeeding him.” Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando
Relationships with many males were the simplest technique she could work out to gain his attention. She started with Dennis Hopper, then moved on to Elvis Presley. In her guide, she said, “I thought nobody could possibly make Marlon Brando particularly envious.”
However, Presley’s desire was nowhere near that of Brando’s. According to the Publish, she had a second when she observed him have a peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwich and believed he may benefit more from the food than she did. And with that, she returned to Brando for a second time.
Moreno found out she was pregnant with Brando’s kid not long after their reconciliation, but the reaction was not what she expected. “To my surprise and dismay, Marlon immediately organized for an abortion,” she said, noting that he also arranged for someone else to pick her up after the procedure, which was illegal at the time.
However, things didn’t go as planned: she soon discovered the fetus was still inside her and needed to be medically removed at the hospital. Instead of expressing pity, Brando expressed his rage at the abortionist for wrongdoing him. Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando
Brando then headed to the set of Mutiny on the Bounty, where he met and fell in love with co-star Tarita Teriipaia. Moreno had just finished filming what would turn out to be her breakout role in West Facet Story, but seeing him with yet another female was too much for him behind closed doors. When he got home, Moreno downed a large dose of his sleeping pills in one gulp.
“I went to bed intending to die,” she said in the book. “This wasn’t a vengeful suicide, but rather a comforting, pain-relieving death.” Her fate may have been quite different if his assistant hadn’t discovered her and rushed her to the hospital to have her abdomen pumped.
She told the United States that she was trying again. “It was humiliating, and I was letting him step all over me,” she says now. I needed to get rid of myself because I didn’t believe I deserved to be here.”
They agreed to not meet each other again after a therapist suggested it. Teriipaia was Brando’s second wife, whom he married in 1962. Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando
Moreno contacted Brando again six years later, in 1968, and he cast her as his love curiosity in the film The Night of the Following Day, which was shot in France.
Moreno awoke to find Brando breathing on her neck, asking, “That’s all I need, to sleep with you,” after a reunion supper laden with too much alcohol. He was denied by her. Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando
There was another scenario on set where she needed to smack him, and it brought back memories. “Because my mind’s synapses reconnected, old wounds, pains, resentment, and disdain coursed through my body,” she wrote. “Like pond slime, the festering corruption rose to the floor, and Rita Moreno appeared as the aggrieved lover.” Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando
It was a deluge of emotions that she had suppressed for a long time. She told Vulture, “It opened up this nicely of harm and rage, and disappointment, that had clearly been sitting there for years and years and years unexpressed.”
“The pond scum had only gotten as far as the floor.” It had been sitting there for years, and I had gone insane. That was for the purpose of reality. I’m not sure what I was saying before. It actually surprised him, and he kept trying to defend himself by raising his arms and such. The director was overjoyed, so he kept the video camera going.” Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando
Moreno is still full with ache when I watch the scene again. “I know what I’m going through, and it saddens me a lot that it took me so long to express what I’m going through,” she told Vulture. “It actually breaks my coronary heart. I also feel terrible for the woman on the exhibit. “Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes,
Regardless of how painful it was, Moreno and Brando came to become inextricably linked in each other’s lives. In addition to Gordon and their daughter Fernanda “Nandy” Gordon, Brando learned to like Moreno. “Nandy came home from college in the future and saw him playing congas in our living room,” Moreno told People. Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando
She’s also grateful to Brando for introducing her to therapy, which has played such a crucial role in her life. “And at one point he said to me, ‘You need assistance,’ which now makes me laugh uncontrollably because it’s one nutty telling the other loony that they need help,” she told Vulture. “He turned out to be perfectly proper.” It’s most likely the best favor I’ve ever done for myself.”
They stayed in touch until the end of Brando’s life, but Moreno was never the one to succeed in getting out again. “After that, we developed a phone friendship,” she continued. “He was the one who called, and I had no idea who he was.” Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando