Rita Moreno has been named the recipient of the Peabody Career Achievement Award, reserved for individuals whose work and commitment to digital media has left an indelible mark on the field. Moreno, star of Netflix's One Day at a Time reboot and set to appear in the upcoming new film adaptation of West Side Story, will be celebrated with fellow Peabody Award winners May 18 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. She is the first Latinx recipient of this particular honor.
“Rita Moreno is a unique talent who has not only broken barriers, but whose career continues to thrive six-plus decades after her acting debut,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody. “We are delighted to celebrate her many contributions to entertainment and media, as well as her passion for children’s programming and important social issues.”
With the addition of the Peabody Career Achievement Award, Moreno has won all of the most prestigious awards in show business: the Oscar, the Tony, two Emmys, and a Grammy. She received The Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American Culture and was honored by her peers as the 50th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Moreno was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.
The Peabody Awards, which honor the most powerful, enlightening, and invigorating stories in television, radio, and digital media, are based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Nominees for the 78th Peabody Awards will be announced April 9.