November 1, 1949
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Aurabela "Belita" Moreno (born November 1, 1949) is an American actress best known for her roles as Benita "Benny" Lopez on the ABC sitcom George Lopez and Edwina Twinkacetti/Lydia Markham on Perfect Strangers.
Aurabela Moreno was born in Dallas, Texas, to a Mexican mother, Aurora (née Fernandez Rodriguez), a high school Spanish teacher, and a Mexican-American father Abel Moreno a World War II veteran. Moreno graduated from Justin F. Kimball High School, and went on to major in Theatre at Southern Methodist University. She continued her acting studies at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California, where she appeared in the musical Once Upon a Mattress. Moreno is married to Joel Rudnick, a talent agent; the couple have two children.
Soon after Moreno arrived in Hollywood, California, to pursue her acting career, she met director Robert Altman, and landed roles in three of his films: 3 Women, A Wedding, and A Perfect Couple. She appeared in many other films, including Mommie Dearest, Swing Shift, Oh, God! You Devil, Nobody's Fool, Men Don't Leave, Clear and Present Danger and Grosse Pointe Blank. Moreno was a regular on the long-running ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers from 1986 to 1992. Her work on television includes appearances in television movies, such as Crazy From the Heart and Death Benefit, the miniseries Tales of the City, and in numerous sitcoms and dramatic series, including The Golden Girls, Family Ties, Valerie and Melrose Place. Moreno played Benita "Benny" Lopez on George Lopez from 2002-07.
During the 1980s, Moreno was a favorite of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley. Moreno performed in at least four premieres of Henley's plays. Henley created several roles specifically for Moreno: "Popeye" in The Miss Firecracker Contest, some dialogue of which was based on a true story told to the playwright by Moreno, and as "Lacey Rollins" in the two-act play The Lucky Spot. Moreno performed in Firecracker at the Victory Theater in Burbank, California, in 1980, and in Lucky Spot off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1987.
Moreno also appeared in Henley's 1982 Broadway premiere at the Eugene O'Neill Theater of The Wake of Jamey Foster as "Katty Foster", directed by Ulu Grosbard, and in the 1989 world premiere of Abundance, as "Macon" at the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California.
Since the early 1990s, Moreno has served as an acting coach and advisor on numerous films, such as Jerry Maguire, Rush Hour 2, Almost Famous, Parent Trap, The Family Man, Crossroads and 17 Again. She also appeared on Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place and Fairly Legal on USA Network.
- 1977 3 Women - Alcira
- 1978 A Wedding - Daphne Corelli
- 1979 A Perfect Couple - Eleousa
- 1981 Mommie Dearest - Belinda Rosenberg
- 1982 Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again - Nurse Gonzales
- 1984 Oh, God! You Devil - Mrs. Vega
- 1984 Swing Shift - Mabel Stoddard
- 1986 Nobody's Fool - Jane
- 1990 Men Don't Leave - Mrs. Buckley
- 1994 Clear and Present Danger - Jean Fowler
- 1997 Grosse Pointe Blank - Mrs Kinetta
- 2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Mrs. Norton
- 2011 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules - Mrs. Norton (cameo)
- 1985 I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later (made for TV movie)- Mrs. Farrell
- 1985 Do You Remember Love? (made for TV movie) - Social Worker
- 1986 Perfect Strangers (sitcom) - Edwina Twinkacetti/Lydia Markham
- 1986 The Golden Girls (sitcom) - Nurse
- 1987 Full House (sitcom) - Ronnie Gardner
- 1993 Murphy Brown (sitcom)- Sidney
- 1992 Roseanne (sitcom) - Lynn
- 1996 Melrose Place (soap opera)- Allen's Agent
- 2002-2007 George Lopez (sitcom) - Benita "Benny" Lopez
- 2006 Zoey 101 (sitcom) - Nicole's Mom
- 2008 Wizards of Waverly Place (sitcom) - Grandma Magdalena
- 2008 Law and Order Special Victims Unit - Reporter
- 2009 Lopez Tonight - Herself
- 2011 Fairly Legal (sitcom) - Betty Crevier
- 2014 S.I.L.A.
- Texas Births, 1926-1995. Family Tree Legends Records Collection (Online Database). Pearl Street Software, 2004-2005
- SMU Theatre Department Alumni at Southern Methodist University official website
- PCPA Theaterfest History
- Belita Moreno Biography from Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County official website
- Disability Studies Quarterly, "Enlightened by Our Afflictions" by M. Beth Meszaros, Vol 23, No 3/4 (2003)
- The Plays Of Beth Henley: A Critical Study by Gene A. Plunka. McFarland & Company: 2005
- Belita Moreno credits at Variety.com
- Moreno acting credits at Hollywood.com