April 10th, 2021

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West Side Story at 60: An oral history of the film's shocking Oscar triumph
Rita Moreno and George Chakiris reflect on the iconic 1961 movie-musical, from casting to the night of their Academy Awards wins.

By Lynette Rice

Sixty years after West Side Story became a smash hit at the box office, Rita Moreno, 89, and George Chakiris, 86, have vivid memories of their time on set and how it led to their historic Oscar wins. They're also acutely aware that what was deemed acceptable in 1961 — in Chakiris' case, a Greek man from Oho playing a Puerto Rican gang leader — would likely not be allowed to happen today.
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