Rita Moreno to Take Part in Paley Center’s International Women’s Day Panel Discussion “Choosing to Challenge”

Rita Moreno is leading the way…

To commemorate International Women’s DayThe Paley Center for Media will host a quarterly series of conversations exploring the media’s role in providing a diverse and inclusive platform for women, with the 89-year-old Puerto Rican legendary actress among the women set to take part.

Rita Moreno

The series will kick off with its inaugural event on International Women’s Day, Monday, March 8 at 10:00 am ET/7:00 am PT on the Paley Center’s dedicated channel on Verizon Media’s Yahoo Entertainment.

Choosing to Challenge: How Women Are Leading the Way, will focus on women’s roles as leaders in our society and address some of the most significant issues facing all women, according to the organization.

In addition to Moreno, the panel will include Misty Copeland, ballerina, author, and philanthropist; Hon. Val Demings, U.S. Representative (FL-10); Cynthia Erivo, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning actress, singer, and producer; Julie Foudy, espnW writer and soccer commentator, ESPN; Rita Moreno, actor and activist; Norah O’Donnell, anchor and managing editor, CBS Evening News; Phylicia Rashad, actor and director; and moderator Alicia Menendez, anchor, MSNBC’s American Voices with Alicia Menendez.

The series is made possible by support from John H. Josephson and Carolina F. Zapf.

“The Paley Center for Media is thrilled to present the first of a series of programs with influential women, who will share their experiences and raise awareness about the significant role the media can play in equality, opportunity, and representation to help create a more inclusive world,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “We are grateful to John H. Josephson and Carolina F. Zapf for their most generous support of this in-depth series, as well as Verizon’s continued commitment to providing a platform for diverse voices.”

“This PaleyImpact series will convene prominent women to discuss the media’s influence in amplifying women’s voices and the role it plays in helping to create a more gender equal world,” said Josephson and Zapf. “We are proud to support the Paley Center and we look forward to hearing the perspectives of the many distinguished women joining for this important series and to celebrate their numerous achievements and contributions to society.”

The quarterly series is part of The Paley Center for Media’s commitment to promoting diverse voices in media and entertainment. Similar programs have included the Paley Center’s series addressing antisemitism, racial justice and social equality, COVID-19, and celebrations of Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month.

Vanna White to Celebrate the 35th anniversary of “Wheel of Fortune” at the Paley Center

Vanna White is celebrating her Fortune

New York’s Paley Center for Media will mark the 35th anniversary of Wheel of Fortune with a special exhibition and a live event featuring the 60-year-old half-Puerto Rican television personality.

Vanna White

Wheel of Fortune: 35 Years as America’s Game” will include the participation of executive producer Harry Friedman and on-air personalities White and Pat Sajak looking back at the show’s history.

The exhibit will run from November 15 to December 3, with free admission to the public. The ticketed PaleyLive event is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm ET on November 15.

The exhibit features interactive games, fan-favorite memorabilia like the ceramic Dalmatian named Sheldon, White’s gowns and videos about the show’s history.

During the live event, Sajak, White and Friedman will talk about the show’s daily production, relive memorable moments and take questions from the audience. WABC-TV reporter Sandy Kenyon will moderate the conversation, which will feature video clips from the show’s run.

“No other game show has entertained America like Wheel of Fortune,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “We’re thrilled to welcome generations of fans to experience the exciting world of their favorite game show, and to continue the Paley Center’s commitment to presenting unique and immersive exhibit experiences.”

The CBS Television Distribution show, which is produced by Sony, is commemorating its anniversary season with special bonus-round options and enhanced sweepstakes prizes. It continues to be a solid ratings performer, jockeying with Jeopardy! and Family Feud for the top spot among syndicated TV game shows.