“Rita Moreno knew how to make her cheating boyfriend jealous long before the age of social media. The task is simple; just a three-step process. First, date screen legend Marlon Brando. Second, find evidence of his affair (what would be the first of many). Third, get asked on a date by Elvis Presley and accept. While this seems like a page of Old Hollywood fan fiction, this was, in fact, Moreno’s life.” –From the pages of Vanity Fair.
“Moreno, who described her relationship with Brando as ‘eight years worth of tumult,’ recalls that one day she arrived at his home to find a pair of underwear that was clearly not her own. She was devastated and went home in tears. The next day, Moreno’s phone rang. It was Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Parker, calling in a distinct Southern drawl. Elvis had seen Moreno at 20th Century Fox and ‘liked what he saw,’ the manager said. He told Moreno Presley wanted to meet her.”
“I thought about that lousy underwear, and I said, ‘Yes, I would.’ The news spread quickly—with only the aid of the Hollywood rumor mill. Brando heard immediately. Moreno was thrilled. He was absolutely enraged and livid. He threw chairs . . . ‘it was wonderful,’ Moreno said. ‘Isn’t that hilarious?’ “