Rita Moreno Says She Was Mistreated By Marlon Brando

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“I tried to end my life with pills in his house. That’s how I tried to do it.”

This post contains discussion of attempted suicide.

Rita Moreno is opening up about her relationship with the late Marlon Brando.

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The actors met on the set of the 1954 Napoleon biopic Désirée when Rita was just 22, and they went on to date for eight years.

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But looking back on the relationship, Rita says she was incredibly mistreated by Marlon — and it drove her to almost end her life.

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“Ultimately, it was exciting to be with Marlon. Oh, my god, it was exciting. He was extraordinary in many, many ways, but he was a bad guy,” Rita said during a conversation with Jessica Chastain for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series.

She continued, “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.”

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As the relationship went on, Rita says Marlon often lied to her, but she knew him so well that she could always tell that it wasn’t the truth.

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“So whenever he lied, I would look at him and I’d say, ‘Marlon, look at me.’ And he’d start to grin this kind of — I don’t want to use the bad word — that poop-eating grin,” Rita shared.

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She added, “I could read him like a book, and that’s why he loved me, and that’s why he mistreated me in so many ways.”

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Rita admitted that things got so bad that she even attempted to end her own life, in the hopes of getting rid of the sadness she carried.

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“I tried to end my life with pills in his house. That’s how I tried to do it. I didn’t understand that if I was going to kill this pathetic, sad, trod-upon Rita, the rest of Rita was also going to go with me. I really didn’t seem to understand that. But that’s what the attempt was. It was an attempt,” Rita revealed.

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Rita was finally able to free herself from the relationship and went on to marry Leonard Gordon and welcome their daughter, Fernanda.

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But years later, she reunited with Marlon on the set of The Night of the Following Day — and he wanted to get back together with her.

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“What’s interesting is that he wanted to renew. I was now married. I had a beautiful child, Fernanda. He was ready to have a go again. I didn’t want that. But he did,” she said.

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Rita concluded, “He lost a big part of himself, I think. The good part of him, the good Marlon that Rita loved. It was very complicated. Really, really complicated.”

You can read all that Rita had to say here.

Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexgurley/rita-moreno-marlon-brando-relationship