Leonard Gordon's life and death: Everything to know about Rita Moreno's husband

Leonard Gordon's life and death: Everything to know about Rita Moreno's husband

Leonard Gordon is the late husband of the famous Puerto Rican actress, dancer, and singer Rita Moreno. The two were married for forty-five years until his death in 2010. Read on for details on Leonard Gordon and Rita Moreno's marriage.

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Rita Moreno and her husband Lenny Gordon during L.A. Dodgers Benefit at Beverly Hilton Hotel in California. Photo: Ron Gallela
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Leonard Gordon's wife, Rita Moreno, is a Puerto Rican actress, singer, and dancer with a long and successful career in the entertainment world. Moreno is most recognized for her role as Anita in the 1961 film adaptation of the musical West Side Story, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Most Supporting Actress.

Profile summary

Full nameLeonard Gordon
Date of birth 26 March 1920
Age90 years (at the time of his death)
Zodiac sign Aries
Place of birth New York City, United States
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Religion Christianity
Mother Senka Gordon
FatherAlex Gordon
Marital status Married
Partner Rita Moreno
Children 1
Profession Cardiologist, Internist, Manager

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Leonard Gordon's life and death

Who is Rita Moreno's husband? Her husband Leonard was a cardiologist, internist, and manager born in New York on March 26, 1920. Leonard Gordon's parents are Alex Gordon and Senka Gordon.

What did Leonard Gordon do for a living?

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Rita Moreno kisses her new husband, Dr Leonard, right after they tied the knot. Photo: Hulton
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He was a cardiologist by profession and an internist. Gordon did a great job in the field of medicine. After acing this field of work, he saw advantages in becoming his wife's manager. He therefore retired and became his wife's manager.

Leonard Gordon and Rita Moreno's relationship

Information on Leonard was minimal until recently when his wife spoke out in a documentary and revealed some shocking details about their marriage. Rita Moreno and Leonard were married for over 40 years, though their marriage was not a happily ever after.

How did Rita Moreno meet Leonard Gordon?

The couple first met on a blind date. Surprisingly, Leonard did not know he was meeting with the legendary Rita Moreno. Their first date was outside the theatre after a Broadway show starring Rita Moreno called The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window.

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Ironically, Moreno's role in the play was Iris, Sidney Brunstein's wife. Her role foreshadowed the complicated marriage she was to have with Leonard in real life.

The two tied the knot in 1965 and remained married until his demise in 2010. At some point in their marriage, she considered divorce but chose to stick around for their daughter. Rita states that Gordon was a wonderful person, just very controlling.

Did Rita Moreno remarry?

No, the actress has remained single since the passing of her husband. In an interview with People, Rita revealed that she would rather eat glass than be in another marriage.

Someone asked me recently if I would consider being married again, and my answer was simple. I'd rather eat glass. I don't want to get married. No, no, no, no, no.

Who are Leonard Gordon and Rita Moreno's children?

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Rita Moreno posing with her husband Lenny and their daughter Fernanda. Photo: Ron Galella
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The couple had one child, a daughter named Fernanda Luisa Gordon, who was born on September 26, 1966. Fernanda also followed in her mother's footsteps by pursuing a career in acting. She has appeared in the TV series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and An Inconvenient Woman.

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She also dabbles as a jewellery designer and freelance graphic designer on the side. Rita Moreno's daughter has two sons, Justin and Cameron.

What happened to Rita Moreno's husband?

Rita Moreno's husband died in Berkeley, California, on June 30, 2010.

How old was Leonard Gordon when he died?

Leonard Gordon's age at death was 90 years old.

Where does Rita Moreno live now?

Rita Moreno presently lives in Berkeley, California, in the United States. She is still active in the acting industry, and some of her recent acting credits include Fast X as Abuelita, Princess Power as Bussyboots, Lopez vs. Lopez as Dolores, and 80 for Brady as Maura.

Fast facts

Here are fun facts about Leonard Gordon and Rita Moreno.

  • They first met in 1964.
  • Leonard was a very private person.
  • Rita has appeared in over 170 films and TV series.
  • The couple built a house in Berkeley with views of San Francisco Bay.

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Leonard Gordon did a good amount of work as a cardiologist and undoubtedly helped many people. His wife Rita Moreno is still thriving in the entertainment industry, even at the age of 91.

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