Rita Moreno tells all about her 'near-fatal' affair with Marlon Brando in memoir

Famed actress Rita Moreno dedicated much of her new memoir to her lengthy affair with Marlon Brando, which continued for nearly a decade even though he had two different wives during that period. Moreno, known best for her role as Anita in West Side Story, met Brando on the set of his 1954 movie Desiree, when he was 30-years-old and far more experienced than she since she was just 22-years-old at the time.

'Just meeting him that first day sent my body temperature skyrocketing as though I had been dropped into a very hot bath, and I went into a full-body blush. It was the sort of rush that inspires poetry and songs,' she writes in her new memoir.

The New York Post reports that an early copy of the book, aptly titled 'Rita Moreno', she tells how their physical connection created a real emotional entanglement.

'To say that he was a great lover — sensual, generous, delightfully inventive — would be gravely understating what he did not only to my body, but for my soul. Every aspect of being with Marlon was thrilling, because he was more engaged in the world than anyone else I’d ever known,' she wrote.

Their intimacy did not lead to mutual respect, however, as she writes that Brando cheated on her frequently in order to try to meet his 'insatiable' sexual appetite. In order to stand her ground, she would date other famous men in order to make him jealous, including future Oscar-winner Dennis Hopper. She tells a story about how a man that she didn't know made aggressive eyes at her while his 'regal' wife sat beside him, only to later learn it was then-Senator John F. Kennedy. The paramour that drove Brando the most insane, however, was when she went on a number of dates with pop star Elvis. Little did he know that Elvis and his famous pelvic thrusts did not match up to the sexual chemistry that she had with Brando.

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