60 Minutes November 28 2021: Sunday on CBS

On Sunday November 28 2021 at 7:00pm ET/PT and 6:00pm CT, CBS broadcasts an episode of 60 Minutes featuring a story on hazing at the Washington State University, a report on saving the Rwandan Mountain Gorillas and a feature on Rita Moreno.


Hazing

The parents of a 19-year-old freshman who died of alcohol poisoning while pledging a fraternity blame the fraternity, its national office and Washington State University for the death of their son. Anderson Cooper reports. Sarah Koch is the producer.

Saving the Mountain Gorillas

Lesley Stahl reports from Rwanda where mountain gorillas, once headed for extinction, are now on the rise, attracting well-heeled tourists and boosting the local economy. Shari Finkelstein is the producer.

Rita Moreno

The much-honored singer, dancer and actor Rita Moreno is still working her craft at age 89, starring in the new version of the Oscar-winning film she starred in decades ago, “West Side Story.” Bill Whitaker reports. Michael Karzis is the producer.

She’s among the small, select circle of actors to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony – the prestigious “EGOT.” And those are at the center of many awards Rita Moreno has earned. “They’re great. It’s thrilling,” she says, “But in the final analysis, it’s not about the awards…that’s not what a career is. A career is working.” Moreno has been working consistently, both the stage and screen, for 75 years. She will turn 90 next month and will return to “West Side Story,” in director Steven Spielberg’s remake that will be released Dec. 10. Bill Whitaker profiles Moreno’s rich career with all its ups and downs, on the next edition of 60 MINUTES, Sunday, Nov. 28 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

She arrived in New York from impoverished Puerto Rico in 1936 at age 5. Within a few years, she was professionally dancing and hit Broadway by age 13. Her career skyrocketed when MGM studio chief Louis B. Mayer signed her with the studio when she was still a teenager.

Moreno would be the first to say it didn’t come easy. She reveals a dark tale of 1950s Hollywood, where she endured sexual harassment and was often pigeonholed in what she calls “dusky maiden” roles, caked with brown makeup and using a “universal accent” for many characters. When she made the cover of Life magazine in 1954, she signed with a new studio and met the “lust of her life,” actor Marlon Brando. The tumultuous, eight-year relationship ended when she tried to take her own life. A few months later, millions of people would watch Moreno as Anita in the 1961 musical “West Side Story.” Moreno explains that Anita “became my role model, the one who had a sense of herself, who has a sense of self-respect, and a sense of dignity, and I had to portray that. And it felt really good.”

After her Oscar win for her performance in “West Side Story,” she left Hollywood and moved to New York and found new love and roles on Broadway. She would win a GRAMMY for the children’s show “The Electric Company”; a Tony for her creation of Googie Gomez in “The Ritz”; and later Emmys for “The Muppet Show,” and “The Rockford Files.” And in the late 1990s, she changed gears dramatically in the HBO drama “Oz,” playing Sister Peter Marie, a nun serving as a prison psychologist. “A different kind of nun,” says Moreno.

Now in the new film version of “West Side Story,” Moreno plays the widow of Doc, the candy store owner from the original. Director Steven Spielberg treasured having Moreno as a living bridge to the classic and as an inspiration to the cast, which by his own mandate required casting Hispanic actors to play the roles of the Puerto Ricans. Hollywood can still do better, says Moreno. “I think Hollywood has changed. I think there are still things yet to be addressed. The representation that Hispanics get is almost nil. There’s so many talented people among Hispanics.” she tells Whitaker.


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