If anyone were to visit the home of Rita Moreno in California’s Berkeley Hills, they’ll find photos of her late husband of 45 years Leonard Gordon as well as her ex Marlon Brando in her bedroom.
“Why that picture of Marlon Brando? Because he was a big love of mine in my life,” explained the 85-year-old actress to PEOPLE Magazine.
“This one, it’s almost seems like a vignette out of a movie, so that’s why it’s there. He was the lust of my life and that over there is the love of my life,” she added, pointing to the two men that have impacted her life.
The “West Side Story” star previously had a torrid eight-year affair with the late actor, who died at age 80 in 2004. They met when she was 22 on the set of the 1954 Napoleon biopic, “Désirée.”
Moreno previously admitted to PEOPLE that the relationship’s end led to her attempting suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills.
The New York Post reported that the only piece of movie memorabilia found in Brando's home after his death was a picture of him in the 1968 film, “The Night of the Following Day” where he’s locked in a passionate kiss with a naked Moreno. It hung on the wall of his study.
These days, Moreno seems to be a peace with her past with Brando.
“I love this room, I can never get tired of it, I get excited to be in it again when I come home again after months away, I just adore being in here,” she said of her room that holds the picture of Brando and her late husband. “Everything that I want, I have right here. You give me a little crockpot and I could live here. I very often do.”