Latino movie veteran Rita Moreno had to overlook her sex encounter with her first agent because she was too desperate for work to dump him.

The West Side Story star reveals she lost her virginity to the movie fixer at his home after agreeing to accompany him to the circus and then had to work with the unnamed agent to establish her career in Hollywood.

The Oscar winner tells Access Hollywood Live, "I needed the work.

"I realise now I didn't have to do that and that's what makes me very sad about that story - I didn't have to do that, I felt that I did... because I felt like I was a very inferior little human being... That's how I was brought up; I was brought up to please people, not just men. That's the Latino thing at that time."