Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
Cast: Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris
Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $445,523,500
Famous quote: “I feel pretty, oh so pretty! I feel pretty, and witty, and gay!” — Maria
“The beautiful thing about the evening was that we went together,” recalls Chakiris of the night he and Moreno picked up Oscars for their performances as Bernardo and Anita in West Side Story. “My category was called first, and I got lucky. And then Rita got lucky. What a perfect night.” Moreno recalls it slightly differently. “By the time my category came up, it was very late. I had to wait a long time. At that point, West Side Story had swept the awards, and I thought, ‘My Puerto Rican luck; I’ll be the only one who doesn’t get an award.’” When her name was called, she walked to the podium and delivered one of the briefest speeches ever for an Oscar. “I don’t believe it. Good Lord. I leave you with that.” Says Moreno: “I was not ready to win. I had nothing planned.”
Box-office totals courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.