Fernanda Luisa Gordon is a prominent American jewelry designer, freelance graphic designer, and an actress who rose to prominence for her roles in the TV shows “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.,” and “An Inconvenient Woman,” both in the early’90s. She followed in the footsteps of her mother, the legendary Oscar Award-winning actress, Rita Moreno, who recently featured in the 2021 musical romantic film “West Side Story.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Fernanda Luisa Gordon was born under the Libra zodiac sign on 26 September 1966, in Los Angeles, California, which makes her 55 years old as of 2022.
She was the only child to cardiologist Dr Leonard Gordon – who later became Rita’s manager following his retirement from medicine – and his wife, actress Rita Moreno. The latter previously spoke about her daughter in an interview with Grand Magazine, and admitted that ‘Being an only child means that we poured all our love in … I keep thinking I can’t possibly love any more than I do now, and I do.’ Luisa started showing interest in acting at an early age – her mother constantly encouraged her to follow her acting goals.
The details of Fernanda’s primary education and high school aren’t available. She is a graduate of Tufts University, and has a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California.
Interests and Facts
Fernanda enjoys traveling and attending celebrity events and award ceremonies – she accompanied her mother to the 93rd Oscar’s ceremony, and they were interviewed by ABT7’s George Pennacchio, who presents the podcast “Off the Red Carpet”, shortly before her mother hosted the ceremony, and Fernanda admitted that ‘We have so much fun together. She’s the coolest mom ever. I’m a lucky girl.” She was also seen at the 78th Peabody Awards Ceremony held in New York, in May 2019.
Luisa contributed to a number of her mother’s stage shows as a dancer and a singer when she was a child. She made her TV debut aged 11 in 1975 in the 1399th episode of the children’s TV series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” as herself, appearing as a guest star together with her mother, father, and actor Edward Druzinsky.
She was later seen in the Larry Elikann-directed movie “An Inconvenient Woman”, together with Joseph Bologna, Roddy McDowall and Chelsea Field in 1991. Two years later, she was cast in an episode of the Western series “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.,” which began airing on Fox on 27 August. She recently appeared in her mother’s documentary movie, “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It” in 2021. The film is about Rita’s ‘rugs-to-riches’ story, and how she overcame racism to become the successful entertainer she is now.
Her father is the founder of the Nandiz Designs brand, which sells custom-made jewelry made from natural pearls and gemstones.
Fernanda is a married woman, exchanging vows with David Tyler Fisher on 12 October 1996. Their wedding was officiated by the non-denominational minister, Rev. Elda Unger, at Stonepine Estate resort, Carmel Valley, California, in the presence of family and close friends. David used to work as a manager at Andersen Consulting, a telecommunication company located in San Ramon, California. He is an alumnus of The University of California, San Diego. His father, Dr. Duke Fisher, born in Pacific Grove, California, was a psychoanalyst, and had offices in San Jose and Los Angeles; his mother, Linda Fisher, hailed from Ventura, California.
The couple welcomed their first child, Justin Gordon Fisher, shortly afterwards, and three years later, they bore their second-born son, Cameron David Fisher. During an interview with The Grand Magazine in February 2008, Luisa’s mother admitted how much she treasures her grandchildren, disclosing that ‘Our grandchildren are the light of our lives. One of the best experiences of our lives, if not the best, next to our daughter’s birth, was helping birth our daughter’s baby.’ She also talked about the day Cameron was born, revealing that she was present at the hospital and even helped with his delivery. Rita relocated to Los Angeles with her late husband a few months after her second grandson was born.
Luisa has four film and TV credits, which has made her quite popular, and contributed to her net worth. She also earns from her career as a designer and is reputedly worth approximately $5 million as of 2022.
Who Is Fernanda Luisa Gordon’s Mother?
Rita was born Rosita Dolores Alverio in Humacao, Puerto Rico, under the Sagittarius zodiac sign on 11 December 1931, and is now 90 years old. She was raised together with her younger brother by their father, Francisco ‘Paco’ Alverio, who was a farmer, and mother Rosa Maria, who was a seamstress. Her parents divorced when she was young, and her mother later married Edward Moreno, and subsequently adopted his surname. Rita started taking dancing lessons shortly after her family arrived in New York, and was trained by the famous actress Rita Hayworth’s paternal uncle, the late Spanish dancer Paco Cansino.
Rita debuted in the play “Skydrift” when she was 14, then began her on-screen career in several Spanish versions of American films. Moreno has since appeared in many successful projects, including “West Side Story” (1961), “The Ritz” (1976), “The Rockford Files,” and most recently in the film “The Prank,” which premiered in March 2022.
She has worked in Hollywood for over 70 years and has made a reputable name for herself, while earning a net worth of around $25 million. She is among the few entertainers who have scooped Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards.
She is highly active on Twitter – @TheRitaMoreno – and Instagram – @rita_morenoo – with millions of followers.
Rita first met Marlon Brando on the set of the film “Desiree” in 1954 and she fell in love with him immediately. She was 22 years old when they began dating, and she has revealed in her autobiography “Rita Moreno: A Memoir” that she had to endure emotional abuse and serial infidelity in their eight years of togetherness, which made her consider committing suicide.
When Brando discovered that she was pregnant, he forced her to go for an abortion but it was unsuccessful as she told The Hollywood Reporter. She is reported to have had a brief affair with the legendary musician, Elvis Presley, just to make Brando jealous.
Moreno eventually separated from Brando shortly afterwards, and walked down the aisle to cardiologist Leonard Gordon in 1965, enjoying a seemingly blissful relationship until he passed away in June 2010.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Moreno is of Latin-American descent, and has dark brown eyes and brown hair. She is slim-built and is 5ft 2ins (1.59cm) tall and weighs around 117lbs (53kgs). Her vital statistics and shoe size are 32-25-35 and 7 (US) respectively.