Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Academy Award-winning actress Rita Moreno has revealed the intricacies of her stormy relationship with legendary stage and screen star Marlon Brando as well as Elvis Presley himself in her new autobiography, Rita Moreno: A MEMOIR.
The Daily Mail reports that Moreno had a hot and heavy, on-again/off-again romance with the iconic Actor's Studio actor throughout the filming of their films DESIREE and THE NIGHT OF THE FOLLOWING DAY in the 1950s and 1960s and that he even coerced her into having an abortion when she became pregnant, among many other illicit details.
Moreno writes of Brando, "To say that he was a great lover - sensual, generous, delightfully inventive - would be gravely understating what he did not only to my body, but for my soul. Every aspect of being with Marlon was thrilling, because he was more engaged in the world than anyone else I'd ever known."
She continues, describing her mental state during a post-abortion suicide attempt, "I went to bed to die. This wasn't a revenge suicide, but a consolation, an escape-from-pain death."
Moreno also alludes to President John F. Kennedy making eyes at her as well as the aforementioned tryst with Elvis, which the great beauty describes as significantly underwhelming.
Far from the king of the bedroom, she writes of Elvis, "My dates...nearly always concluded in a tender tussle on my living-room floor, with Elvis's pelvis in that famous gyration straining against his taut trousers. I could feel him thrust against my clothed body, and expecting the next move... but it never came."
Rita Moreno: A MEMOIR will be available on March 5.
The full Daily Mail article is available here.
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