Rita Moreno didn’t take the high road when she discovered ex-boyfriend Marlon Brando’s infidelity, deciding to get revenge by entertaining the court with another famous face.
Moreno revealed during an appearance on “The View” on Wednesday that she was contacted by rock ‘do not roll singer Elvis Presley in the midst of his tumultuous relationship with Brando.
“I found some lingerie in his (Brando’s) house and of course I was heartbroken and came home in tears,” Moreno said. “And I was also angry, just pissed off. The next day the phone rings and I say ‘Hello’ and I hear a voice say ‘Miss Moreno?’
“” I said, ‘Uh, yeah? – This is Colonel Parker. My client is Elvis Presley, and Elvis spotted you at the 20th Century Fox station, and he liked what he saw.
Moreno said it didn’t take long for him to accept Presley on his invitation to meet.
“I thought about those panties (at Brando’s) and said, ‘Yeah, I would.’ “
Moreno said that while the “Hound Dog” hitmaker was “sweet”, he was also “boring”. She said the real thrill came when Brando found out she was dating Presley.
“When he found out… he started throwing chairs: he was so angry,” Moreno said. “It was wonderful. And I sat there as he threw chairs and screamed and went on.
Moreno and Brando dated for almost eight years, and looking back, the actress, who turns 90 on December 11, called the relationship emotional abuse.
“There was something I needed, and I realized I was still looking for daddy,” Moreno told USA TODAY in June. “My mom had four marriages and I had stepfathers everywhere, and that was something that was never resolved in my life. So I always looked for a person who would accept me at all levels.
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While Moreno has said she regrets her relationship with Brando, there are aspects of the relationship that she won’t resume.
“There was a huge sexual attraction between the two of us; this part, I don’t regret it at all, ”said Moreno. “It was an amazing experience, and he was an amazing man. But he was really just fodder for a neurotic woman like me at the time.
Fans were delighted to hear Moreno reminisce about his former love life.
“Telling stories of dating Elvis and Brando at age 90 is quite a flex,” YouTube user IMHTP said.
YouTube user Denvy Zhang said only someone like Moreno could pull off such a bold move.
“My God, this is the best revenge relationship story I have ever heard,” Zhang wrote. “Only Rita Moreno could do it. She has lived an extraordinary life.
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Moreno, who rose to fame with his Oscar-winning role in the 1961 adaptation of “West Side Story”, returns to the big screen in Steven Spielberg’s reinvention of the classic musical love story, which hits theaters on December 10. . Moreno, who is also one of the film’s executive producers, said it was strange acting up against his successor, Ariana DeBose, who plays the original role of Anita by Moreno.
“It was so weird,” Moreno told “The View” co-hosts. “I just couldn’t get into the scene, because I saw her, and I would say, ‘But no, no: I’m Anita.’ It was difficult; it was very hard to do.
“(It) wasn’t easy for her, but it was almost impossible for me. It was scary watching another Anita.”
Contributor: Patrick Ryan