Playwright Terrence McNally caught Moreno’s performance and created the character of Googie Gomez, a gay bathhouse performer. Googie provided the big laughs in the stage farce “The Ritz,” and Moreno won a 1975 Tony for the role. She then received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for her work in the film adaptation.
She was back, on her own terms, and has worked steadily ever since.
“I’m one of the last few people around who do everything,” Moreno said. “We sing, we dance, we act. We do comedy. We do drama. So, that’s where I come from.”