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      Chita Rivera

      Chita Rivera

      Highest Rated: 100% Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back (2019)

      Lowest Rated: 82% Sweet Charity (1969)

      Birthday: Jan 23, 1933

      Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA

      Dynamic Latina dancer-singer-actress, a staple of Broadway musicals for four decades. Shortly after studying for several years at George Balanchine's American School of Ballet, Rivera made her Broadway debut in "Call Me Madam" (1952). A sinuous dancer very much in the vein standardized by Jerome Robbins and later Bob Fosse, Rivera brought her fiery energy to many Broadway and regional productions, including originating the role of Anita in "West Side Story" (1959), "Can Can," "Mr. Wonderful," "Bye, Bye Birdie" (as Spanish Rose), "Shinebone Alley," "Chicago" (as Velma), "Merlin," "Jerry's Girls" and a Tony-winning turn opposite Liza Minnelli in "The Rink." Rivera has frequently appeared on TV, most often on such variety specials as "Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne" (1987). She has played occasional dramatic roles on TV, including a memorable turn as the sinister Mrs. Dame on an episode of the cult series "The Outer Limits" (1963-64). Rivera also appeared in Bob Fosse's adaptation of the Broadway hit "Sweet Charity" (1969), in which, as one of Shirley MacLaine's sassy girlfriends, she sparkled singing and dancing to "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This" with MacLaine and Paula Kelly. After a severe automobile accident in 1986, it seemed doubtful that Rivera would ever dance again, but she returned to Broadway in triumph as the film star centerpiece of a gay prisoner's fantasies in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1993). The role earned her second Tony as Best Actress in a Musical. Chita Rivera died on January 30, 2024 in NY at the age of 91.

      Highest rated movies

      Sweet Charity

      Photos

      SWEET CHARITY, Chita Rivera, 1969. SWEET CHARITY, Chita Rivera, Shirley MacLaine, Paula Kelly, 1969. SWEET CHARITY, from left, Paula Kelly, Chita Rivera, Shirley MacLaine, 1969 SWEET CHARITY, from left, Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly, 1969 SWEET CHARITY, from left, Renata Vaselle, Paula Kelly, Kathryn Doby, Chita Rivera, Louise Quick, 1969 SWEET CHARITY, Paula Kelly, Shirley MacLaine, Chita Rivera, 1969 The 68th Annual Tony Awards, Chita Rivera, 06/08/2014, ©CBS Chita Rivera at arrivals for The 69th Annual Tony Awards 2015 - Part 3, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY June 7, 2015. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 100% Amy's Victory Dance Self - 2022
      100% No Score Yet Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back Self - 2019
      100% 90% Bathtubs Over Broadway Self - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Waiting in the Wings: Still Waiting Broadway Diva (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky Unknown (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 80% Kalamazoo? Giannina (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mayflower Madam Risa Dickstein (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marcus-Nelson Murders Josie Hopper (Character) - 1973
      82% 74% Sweet Charity Nickie (Character) - 1969

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Music Performer 2023
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2023
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2015 2023
      38% 76% Maya & Marty Music Performer 2016
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center Music Performer 2013
      No Score Yet 88% Will & Grace Lenore (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1971 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The New Dick Van Dyke Show Connie Richardson (Character) 1973-1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1969 1971
      92% 86% The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Judy Garland Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Revlon Revue Unknown (Character) 1960