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With Peabody Award, Rita Moreno First Latina to Attain Unique 'PEGOT' Class

"So proud to be the first Latino recipient," said Moreno, who's also one of only three Americans to have won a Peabody, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award.

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    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Singer/dancer/actress Rita Moreno visits the Build Series to discuss the Netflix re-boot of the classic show 'One Day at a Time' and the new production of the film 'Westside Story' at Build Studio on February 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)

    Rita Moreno’s alphabet of awards is gaining another letter.

    The Peabody Awards organization Thursday announced it will honor the Puerto Rican actress, singer and dancer with the career achievement award.

    That means Moreno, 87, will become the third person to achieve PEGOT status by winning a Peabody, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. Film director Mike Nichols and entertainer Barbra Streisand are the other two PEGOT winners.

    "So proud to be the first Latino recipient," Moreno said on Twitter.

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    She is also the second person to ever receive the Peabody Career Achievement Award. The first recipient was legendary comedian Carol Burnett in 2018.

    Moreno, who gained widespread fame in the film “West Side Story,” will be honored at the Peabody Awards annual gala in New York City on May 18.

    “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,” Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody Awards. “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.”