Rita Moreno Talks About Wearing the Same Dress She Wore to 1962 Oscars

"I know, you would think it would tarnish," the One Day at a Time star says

By Diana Marti Mar 05, 2018 12:04 AMTags
Watch: Rita Moreno Wears Her 1962 Oscar Win Dress to 2018 Oscars

Rita Moreno's gown is doing its second round at the Oscars 56 years later! 

Her daughter Fernanda Luisa Gordon joined the One Day at a Time star as her date for the big night. 

"The fabric is made out of Obi, which is the sash that Japanese women use in their kimonos. They're usually folded over and over, and this is one piece of fabric," she explains to E! 

While Ryan Seacrest mentioned that he couldn't believe how well it has preserved after all these years, Moreno was just as surprised. 

"I know, you would think it would tarnish," she says. "It's been hanging in my closet." 

Moreno switched things up a bit with the gown by changed the neckline and added a bold necklace, but still kept the statement gloves. 

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When she first wore that dress in 1962 to the Oscars, she won Best Supporting Actress for her role in West Side Story. But unlike most winners, Moreno's acceptance speech was quite short.

"I think 15 [seconds]," she says. 

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And why so short, you may ask, well the 86-year-old actress says she didn't expect to take home the award. 

"I had no idea I was going to win, I thought for sure it was going to be Judy Garland for Judgment at Nuremberg which was a big deal, she was doing a dramatic role," she explains. "I said, hey I flew in from the Philippines, just in case, which is where this gown was made."


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Be sure to watch E! News Monday for more Oscar coverage at 7 and 11 p.m., only on E!