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Rita Moreno To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

'West Side Story,' 'Electric Company' Legend Will Be 50th Recipient
Rita Moreno

Actress Rita Moreno arrives at the 2013 G’Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on January 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for G’Day Australia)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Actress Rita Moreno will receive the Life Achievement Award for career and humanitarian accomplishments at the 20th annual SAG Awards next January.

Screen Actors Guild & American Federation of Television and Radio Artists Co-President Ken Howard made the announcement Monday. He said Moreno is the 50th recipient of the award, “the most prestigious honor we bestow.”

Moreno, 81, won a best supporting actress Oscar for 1961’s “West Side Story.” She has also won two Emmys, a Tony and a Grammy Award, one of the few artists to win all four top show business awards.

She is also known for her sketch comedy roles in the 1970s PBS children’s program “The Electric Company” – in which she screamed the iconic “Hey you guys!” line that opened the program.

Born in Humacao, Puerto Rico in 1931, Moreno moved to New York with her mother at the age of 5.

She currently appears in TV Land’s “Happily Divorced.”

The SAG Awards will be presented on Jan. 18, 2014.

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