By Travis Reilly
Hollywood legend will play actress Gina Rodriguez’s grandmother on The CW’s Golden Globe-winning freshman drama
“West Side Story” star Rita Moreno has joined The CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” a spokesperson for the network told TheWrap.
The Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe winning actress-singer will play Jane’s (Gina Rodriguez) paternal grandmother, making her mother to charismatic soap star Rogelio De La Vega (Jaime Camil). Moreno’s character, loving called “Glam-ma,” will make her debut on Episode 18 of the network’s Golden Globe winning drama.
Moreno, a bonafide Hollywood legend, has been nominated for 6 Emmys over the course of her career, winning as lead actress on NBC’s “The Rockford Files” in 1974 and then again as a musical guest star on “The Muppet Show” in 1976. However, her most memorable performance was as Anita in the 1961 feature film adaptation of “West Side Story,” which netted her both a Golden Globe and Oscar.
She appeared on over 700 episodes of the PBS Kids series “The Electric Company,” eventually winning a Grammy for an album based off the educational series, which also featured now-embattled comedian Bill Cosby.
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