Rita Moreno ~ December 11, 1931, Humacao, Puerto Rico
American actress Rita Moreno has managed to have a thriving career for the better part of six decades despite the institutional racism that has plagued the entertainment industry, particularly the anti-Hispanic bias that stereotyped Hispanic women as "spitfires" and sexpots. Moreno, one of the very few (and very first) performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy, was born born Rosita Dolores Alverío in in Humacao, Puerto Rico on December 11, 1931. She moved to New York City in…
Myrta Silva (September 11, 1917 – December 2, 1987) was a Puerto Rican singer, composer and television producer. She was known affectionately as "La Gorda De Oro". Silva worked in a cabaret when she was "discovered" and offered a 10 year contract by "RCA". In the late 1930s, she met the renowned Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernández, who convinced her to join his "Cuarteto Victoria". Myrta traveled with the group all over Latin-America.
Mapy Cortés (March 1, 1910 – August 2, 1998), born Maria del Pilar Cordero in Santurce, Puerto Rico, was a famous actress who participated in many films during the Mexican film industry's golden era. Contrary to popular belief, Cortes was not Mexican; she was Puerto Rican, but she adopted Mexico as her residential country from her youth and almost until she died.
Esther Sandoval (12/28/1927 – 2/6/2006) was an actress and a pioneer in Puerto Rico's television. In 1954, Sandoval became a pioneer in the island's television when she participated, alongside Mario Pabón and Lucy Boscana, in Puerto Rico's first televised soap opera Ante La Ley which was transmitted through Telemundo. The soap opera caused a national scandal in Puerto Rico because in one scene she kissed her co-star Pabon in the mouth, an act that was totally unheard of in those days.
Norma Candal (4/10/1930 – 2/5/2006), was an actress and comedian who was best known for her role as "Petunia". In 1965, she was hired by Rafael Perez Perry as the host of the television show "En Alas de la Imaginacion" (On the Wings of the Imagination) which aired on "WIPR TV" Channel 11. Shortly thereafter, she joined Tommy Muñiz Productions in Channel 4 WAPA TV. She worked in the shows "Aquí con Norma"; El Show del Mediodía and La Criada Malcriada.
March is Women's History Month and March 8 is International Women's Day. La Respuesta magazine proudly celebrates and honors the immense contributions of Boricua women in both Puerto Rico and the Diaspora.
Mapita Cortés (August 4, 1939 - January 1, 2006 born Maria del Pilar Mercado Cordero in 1939 in Puerto Rico – died in Mexico City), was an actress of telenovelas and the cinema of Mexico. She is the mother of Mexican actor Luis Gatica, the wife of Lucho Gatica, the niece of Puerto Rican actress Mapy Cortés, and the niece in law of Mexican actor Fernando Cortés. Mapita Cortés is also the cousin of famous Paquito Cordero, two years her junior.