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Rita Moreno reveals the ‘lust of her life’ – the late Marlon Brando – encouraged her to seek therapy: ‘Here’s this crazy man telling this crazy woman to get therapy’

  • The 92-year-old actress met Brando when she was just 22 on the set of the Napoleon biopic Desiree, and had an eight-year love affair with him.
  • She told People in a lengthy chat that it was Brando who actually “recommended” her get help
  • “Here’s a crazy man telling this crazy woman she needs therapy. “I adored him, I was madly in love with him,” she said

Rita Moreno is opening up about her eight-year affair with the late Marlon Brando, revealing he’s the one who told her to seek therapy.

The 92-year-old actress met Brando when she was just 22 on the set of the Napoleon biopic Desiree, and had an eight-year love affair with him.

She said People in an extensive conversation that it was Brando who actually ‘recommended’ her to seek help.

“Here’s a crazy man telling this crazy woman she needs therapy. “I adored him, I was madly in love with him,” she said.

The actress admitted that Brando was the “lust of her life,” although cardiologist Leonard Gordon, whom she married in 1965 until his death in 2010, was the love of her life.

Rita Moreno opens up about her eight-year affair with the late Marlon Brando and reveals he’s the one who told her to seek therapy

Rita Moreno opens up about her eight-year affair with the late Marlon Brando and reveals he's the one who told her to seek therapy

Rita Moreno opens up about her eight-year affair with the late Marlon Brando and reveals he’s the one who told her to seek therapy

She told People in a lengthy chat that it was Brando who actually

She told People in a lengthy chat that it was Brando who actually “recommended” her get help

“We had something going on. Oh yes, that was the core of our relationship. It was actually very sexual, and he was great. That’s how I was!’ Moreno admitted.

Moreno said she entered psychotherapy to cope with years of bullying she endured because of her Latinx heritage.

‘It took me a lot of time and therapy to like myself. “If you are traumatized so early in life, it takes a long time to get rid of the idea that you are bad,” she said.

Moreno added that although Gordon – who would later manage her career – was the love of her life, she admitted that she probably would have left him at some point.

The actress and Gordon share daughter Fernanda Luisa Gordon, 57, who she admitted was the main reason she stayed with him.

‘It started to get very tense. And if it wasn’t for my daughter, I probably would have left,” she said.

She admitted she wasn’t even sure divorce was an option for her, adding that marriage can be “very difficult.”

‘In my case it was: ‘You will be the father and take care of me. And I will be your little girl and I will make you very happy.’ There came a time when I didn’t want that anymore. And then the marriage got into trouble,” she admitted.

“We had something going on.  Oh yes, that was the core of our relationship.  It was actually very sexual, and he was great.  That's how I was!'  Moreno admitted

“We had something going on. Oh yes, that was the core of our relationship. It was actually very sexual, and he was great. That’s how I was!’ Moreno admitted

Moreno said she entered psychotherapy to cope with the years of bullying she endured because of her Latinx heritage

Moreno said she entered psychotherapy to cope with the years of bullying she endured because of her Latinx heritage

Moreno said her late husband had a “fantastic sense of humor” and was a “great grandfather,” though there were other things from their era.

“This marriage taught me something about relationships that I didn’t like, and that is that being with someone forever and ever isn’t necessarily great,” she said.

‘Sometimes it is like that. But more often than not, that’s not the case. That’s something I learned – a big, profound lesson,” she added.”

Moreno has not remarried since Gordon died in 2010.