Accepting the honor, the 82-year-old performer said, "I am so ...," and then sheepishly added, "I hope the man with the button was there on time."
Moreno, wearing a showy black-and-gold ensemble, said she was "breathless" and "so bloody happy," and then took the opportunity to sing a few bars from "This Is All I Ask."
"As I approach the prime of my life," she sang, "I find I have the time of my life."
A show-business veteran and a SAG member for more than six decades, Moreno is one of only 11 people to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony — a feat known as the EGOT.
Born Rosa Dolores Alverio in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx, Moreno performed in nightclubs as a youngster and made her Broadway debut at age 13 in "Skydrift." Using her stepfather's surname, she first appeared on the big screen in the reform-school drama "So Young, So Bad" in 1950, and afterward was put under contract as an ingenue at MGM, where a casting director changed her first name to Rita.
Moreno's first film for the studio was the Mario Lanza musical "The Toast of New Orleans," and she had a small role as the flapper actress Zelda Zanders in
She would go on to star in such films as "The King and I," "West Side Story" — for which she won her Oscar in 1962 — and "Carnal Knowledge."
Moreno won her Grammy for "The Electric Company Album" in 1972, her Tony for "The Ritz" in 1975, and her two
She remains busy, having just finished a run as Fran Drescher’s mother in the