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Rita Moreno's mother inspired her "One Day at a Time" role

Clip: 10/05/2021 | 1m 43s | Video has closed captioning.

Rita Moreno based her portrayal of Lydia on "One Day at a Time" off of her own mother. "She is my mom, that is my mom's accent."

Aired: 10/05/21

Rating: NR

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