The movie 80 for Brady, starring Rita Moreno, Jane Fonda, Sally Field, and Lily Tomlin, will be released on Friday, February 3. The film follows the antics of four closest friends as they decide to see the Patriots compete in the 2017 Super Bowl, try to meet Tom Brady, and engage in other shenanigans.
In a particular locker room, where Rita Moreno may or may not have been turned on by Rob Gronkowski, one of the movie’s hilarious scenes occurs. It makes for a funny story, and Rita Moreno, who is 91 years old, undoubtedly has her own. Rita’s real-world love life has featured some pretty renowned names, even though she and the ladies have a thing for famous football players in the movie.
Let’s take a look back at Rita Moreno relationship history…
Rita Moreno Relationship History Over The Years
Several well-known men, including Marlo Brando, Elvis Presley, Dick Van Patten, and even Morgan Freeman, have been connected to Rita Moreno. For our benefit, she enjoys spilling all the nasty details.
Between 1954 and 1962, Rita Moreno and Marlon Brando had an on-again, off-again romance during which she endured emotional abuse, persistent infidelity, and even a failed abortion. Rita wrote in her memoir from 2013 that “Marlon promptly arranged for an abortion” after finding out she was expecting. He didn’t even pick her up when the procedure was finished, leading to the process’s horrifically wrong.
Rita shared additional information on her friendship with Brando with Jessica Chastain during a 2022 virtual chat for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series:
“He and I had had a relationship for almost eight years. Ultimately, it was exciting to be with Marlon … but he was a bad guy. He was a bad guy when it came to women. I was such a different person then. I had all the makings of a doormat.”
Rita continued, “That’s why he loved [her], and that’s why he mistreated [her] in so many ways,” adding that she could read Brando “like a book.” She admitted that because of the toxic nature of their relationship, she had once attempted to overdose on sleeping pills to terminate her life.
Rita emphasized the “complex” nature of her connection with Brando by claiming that he attempted to rekindle it even after she had previously married and given birth to a child with another man.
Rita Moreno claimed to Wendy Williams in an interview from 2018 that she only dated Elvis to get even with Marlon Brando for cheating on her. When Marlon learned of her relationship with Elvis Presley, she claims he became so furious that he began tossing furniture, adding that it “was amazing.”
Never not thinking about how Rita Moreno went out with Elvis Presley to spite Marlon Brando pic.twitter.com/vdtB051xXc
— Jorge Molina (@colormejorge) February 23, 2020
Regarding her relationship with Elvis, Rita described him as “kind but boring” during a 2021 visit to The View.
In 1964, Rita met cardiologist Leonard Gordon while performing on Broadway on The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window. Leonard and Rita were married the next year and remained so until his passing in 2010.
Rita truly regrets staying in her marriage despite their extended relationship. During a Q&A for the film Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It, Rita said that she “couldn’t find a way to leave” and even referred to their union as a “successful deception.”
Together, Rita And Leonard Have One Child
Fernanda Luisa Gordon, a stunning daughter born to Rita and Leonard, is their only child. Jewelry designer Fernanda has her own business. David Fisher, her husband, and she are parents to two boys, Justin and Cameron.
Who Else Has Rita Moreno Dated?
Rita has also been connected to Jack Nicholson, Hugh O’Brian, Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Richard Egan, Dennis Hopper, Kenneth Tyan, Morgan Freeman, Dick Van Patten, Marlon Elvis, and Leonard. Currently, Rita is a single woman who LOVES spending out with NFL football players.