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Actress Moreno's memoir begins with dreamy recollections of her early childhood in Puerto Rico, and then proceeds in a more straightforward fashion, sometimes with the air of someone consulting a well-preserved date book to remind herself of events that need to be covered. Moreno's life has had significant high points, including having won Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, and Tony awards-known as an EGOT-which she mentions several times, yet she doesn't flinch at examining low points, such as her suicide attempt or the "roller coaster ride" of her career. She dishes, sometimes intimately, on Hollywood associates, both at length (Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley) and in brief tidbits (e.g., Mario Lanza, Donald O'Connor, Gene Kelly, John Kennedy, Rory Calhoun, Ann Miller, and many others). Though Moreno at times complains of being typecast as an ethnic spitfire, she would also emphasize her accent or exotic looks for laughs or to get a part. Perseverance is a theme throughout. Verdict This readable and sometimes moving story of Moreno's life in movies, on television, stage, and screen is surrounded by details of her politics and personal life.-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley Sch., Fort Worth, TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.