WEST SIDE STORY celebrates it's 50th Anniversary this year and stars Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn were honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at the Grauman's Chinese Theater Tuesday where the musical first had it's original premiere in 1961. WEST SIDE STORY was also released on Blu-ray this week with a 50th Anniversary Edition.
The celebrations continued later that day for the iconic Broadway musical turned movie with a one-night only screening of the 10-time Oscar® winning film with the three honorees and their Hollywood guests which included Joe Mantegna, Jason Ritter, Russ Tamblyn's actress daughter Amber Tamblyn, Adam Shankman (Hairspray), Morgan Fairchild, Corbin Bleu, and hosted by High School Musical director Kenny Ortega.
Rita Moreno already has a star on the Walk of Fame but the hand and footprint further cemented her legendary status as one of the first ground-breaking Latinos in Hollywood. She is one of the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress® in another musical The King and I starring Yul Brenner in 1957.