Marlon Brando Threw Chairs Over Rita Moreno Dating Elvis Presley
One of these relationships was with troubled actor Marlon Brando. Like many of his affairs, it wasn’t always healthy, and his behavior left Moreno unhappy. But she found an unusual way to get back at him.
The legendary Rita Moreno
According to IMDb, Moreno moved to New York from Puerto Rico when she was six. By the time she was 11, she was already working as a performer. She was paid to dub lines for Spanish versions of US movies.
A month before she turned 14, she made her Broadway debut, co-starring in the play Skydrift. Moreno was already on her way to the top, and her career would prove how talented she is.
She’s one of a tiny number of performers to have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards. Despite a lack of roles in the era for actors who were considered “exotic,” Moreno made a name for herself in plays such as The Ritz, movies like West Side Story, and even TV shows such as The Muppets.
Her career has been long and impressive, and it’s not over yet. She recently had a role in the popular sitcom One Day at a Time. Along the way, she’s not only collected awards and acclaim, but also a few hearts.
Her love affair with Marlon Brando
In Style reports that when Moreno was 22, Brando saw her on the cover of a magazine, and he wanted to meet her. When they did meet, she had a similar reaction to him, and the two started dating.
“From the moment we met, I felt that a web had been spun between us, drawing me to Marlon,” she explained. “Amazingly, he felt the same way, and made no secret about it.”
Their relationship went on for eight years, even as Brando dated other women and got married twice. Moreno wanted Brando to marry her, but he wasn’t interested. He reportedly went to great lengths to keep their relationship a secret.
She was deeply hurt that he dated other women. Then one day an opportunity to get back at him called her on the phone.
A phone call from Colonel Parker
According to Esquire, one day Moreno found lingerie belonging to another woman in Brando’s home. As she struggled with this new betrayal, she got a phone call from Elvis Presley’s manager.
She recounted: “Literally the next day, I get a phone call. ‘Rita Moreno? This is Colonel Parker. My client spotted you in the 20th Century Fox commissary. He’d like very much to meet you.'”
Moreno knew that Brando would be jealous if she went out with Presley, so she agreed to meet him. They went out a few times, and although she didn’t find the singer very interesting, the relationship had the desired effect on Brando.
“Marlon found out about it, and boy, was he upset,” she said. “Mind you, he’s the one who had the ladies’ underwear at his house. He got insanely angry. He was throwing chairs, and it was wonderful.”
Ultimately, the love affair between Moreno and Brando ended when she got pregnant. Instead of marrying her as she hoped, he paid for an illegal abortion. Yet despite the unhealthy and painful parts of their relationship, she still remembers him fondly, even 67 years after they met.