Actress Rita Moreno chats about her ‘dangerously in love’ affair with Marlon Brando over tapas at Oyamel

Antonio Tijerino, president of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, with award-winning actress Rita Moreno at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana on Monday, July 7th (photo courtesy of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation).
A recent photo of Antonio Tijerino, president of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and award-winning actress Rita Moreno. (Courtesy of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation).

Hey isn’t that… actress Rita Moreno chatting about the juicier parts of her 2013 memoir, “Rita Moreno: A Memoir,” with Antonio Tijerino, president of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, over a table of tapas at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana on Monday?

According to our tipster, the 82-year-old actress regaled her guests with tales from her 60-year career “from dating Marlon Brando and Elvis to working on ‘West Side Story.’” Moreno, who had a tumultuous eight-year, on-again, off-again relationship with Brando that began on the set of “Desiree” in 1954, wrote in her book, “…I almost died from loving him.” Note to self: Invite Moreno to all future dinner parties.

Our source says Moreno, sporting her signature short hairdo, arrived at the José Andrés restaurant around 7 p.m. with Tijerino and his wife, and Moreno’s manager. They stayed for nearly three hours.

Andrés, like Moreno, has received the Hispanic Heritage Award from the foundation. He is currently visiting garlic producers in southwest Spain but that didn’t stop him from sending an order of tres leches for the foursome.

Moreno, best known for her role as Anita in the film adaptation of Broadway’s “West Side Story,” is the sole Latina to EGOT — win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. On Wednesday, she’ll be at the National Portrait Gallery for an event celebrating her work, “A Living Self-Portrait: Rita Moreno.”

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