Rita Moreno, wearing her university regalia, at 2007 ceremony on the Hayward Campus. (Photo: Ben Ailes)

Rita Moreno, wearing her university regalia, at 2007 ceremony on the Hayward Campus. (Photo: Ben Ailes)

'07 CSUEB honorary degree recipient Rita Moreno honored by Screen Actors Guild

  • January 21, 2014 9:30am

Congratulations to legendary actress Rita Moreno, who was presented with an award Saturday (Jan. 18) by the Screen Actors Guild in Los Angeles. Moreno, who was honored by Cal State East Bay with an honorary doctorate in 2007, did a little of everything in accepting the lifetime achievement award from the actors guild.

The 82-year-old entertainer, who is a Bay Area resident, was clearly delighted with being singled out at the SAG Awards on Saturday (Jan. 18) night. The crowd of actors at the Shrine Auditorium gave her a standing ovation, with Julia Roberts whooping it up as Moreno's giddy acceptance speech came to a close.

"I am so (expletive) thrilled," she crowed after being introduced by old friend Morgan Freeman.

Moreno is one of Hollywood's rare EGOT winners — owner of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. Her Oscar came in 1962 for her iconic portrayal of saucy Anita in "West Side Story."

California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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