Rita Moreno Says She Hooked Up With Elvis To Get Over Marlon Brando

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Famous actress Rita Moreno said she hooked up with Elvis to get over Marlon Brando when she found out he cheated on her.

“Elvis Presley is another whole story,” Moreno told People en Español in New York City on Wednesday. “I was going with Marlon [Brando] at the time. He wasn’t necessarily going with me, but I was going with him. You know what I mean?” She went on to explain that someone representing the King Of Rock and Roll approached her to arrange a date at the same time that she found out Brando was having an affair. “I saw the underwear and I said yes,” Moreno told People.

Rita Moreno attends the New York premiere of West Side Story on November 29, 2021, in New York City. Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for 20th Century Studios

The famous 92-year-old actress went on to explain how the series of events unfolded, and she dished the dirt on what Presley was like as a lover.

She spoke of the time she found out Brando had been cheating on her, and explained how heartbroken she was.

“I found one day some lady’s lingerie in his house and I went home weeping and crying and so hurt and furious and I thought, ‘I never want to see him again,” she said.

Fans walk by the entrance to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, 14 August 2007, in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans are gathering to mark the 30th anniversary of the entertainer’s death on 16 August. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images

“But I knew I didn’t mean that. I was really just absolutely crushed. Not only crushed but I was his slave. I just adored and worshiped him is more like it,” Moreno told People.

The very next day after she uncovered Brando had cheated on her, she received an unexpected phone call from Colonel Tom Parker, who managed Presley at the time.

Actor Marlon Brando waves after speaking at the Michael Jackson concert in New York on 7 September 2001. It was the first of two performances in New York as part of Jackson’s “30th Anniversary Celebration, the Solo Years.” AFP PHOTO/BETH A. KEISER BETH A. KEISER/AFP via Getty Images

“Turns out Elvis saw you with the commissary of the 20th Century Fox,” she recalled Parker saying.

Moreno said she went on to ask, “he liked what he saw and he would like very much to meet you. Would you like to meet him?”

It was at that moment she remembered the underwear she had found, and she seized the opportunity to go on a date with Presley.

The famous actress wasn’t entirely thrilled with her experiences with the legendary star. She went on to say she “dated [Elvis] several times,” and found him to be “sweet but boring,” according to People.

Rita Moreno, wearing Ralph Lauren, attends ELLE’s 27th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration, presented by Ralph Lauren and Lexus, at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on October 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for ELLE

“He was sweet, but he was a country boy. So anyway, when [Brando] found out, it didn’t take long. He started to throw chairs. He was so angry. It was wonderful,” she said.

The late, great Elvis Presley sings via projection screen at the Elvis Presley 25th Anniversary Concert 16 August 2002 at the Pyramid in Memphis, TN. Twenty-five years to the day he died, Elvis Presley sold out one more “live” concert, with more than 12,000 Elvis fans packing the Pyramid Arena in Memphis for the evening show.  ALAN SPEARMAN/AFP via Getty Images

“And I just sat there as he threw chairs and carried on,” Moreno said. (RELATED: Drew Barrymore Admits To Being Catfished On Dating App, Video Shows: REPORT)

Moreno’s tumultuous relationship with Brando is featured in the documentary, “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It,” which debuted in 2021.