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      Naya Rivera

      Naya Rivera

      Highest Rated: 100% Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two (2021)

      Lowest Rated: 41% At the Devil's Door (2013)

      Birthday: Jan 12, 1987

      Birthplace: Valencia, California, USA

      With one exaggerated flip of her tightly wound ponytail, Naya Rivera captivated television viewers as self-assured and sassy cheerleader Santana Lopez on "Glee" (Fox, 2009-15), an award-winning musical comedy series about a group of teen misfits who deal with surviving high school while planning for various choir competitions. "Glee" launched the careers of its talented cast, including the California-born Rivera, whose devilish smirk, confident come-ons and star presence as Santana helped turn her supporting role into series regular status, and garnered the hardworking triple threat much-deserved praise from critics and viewers alike. Naya Rivera was born on Jan. 12, 1987 in Santa Clarita, CA. The future star began modeling when she was a baby, appearing in print advertisements and commercials. The multitalented Rivera also took songwriting classes when she was 15 years old. She made her television acting debut opposite Della Reese and Redd Foxx on the CBS comedy "The Royal Family (1991-92), from creator Eddie Murphy. Even though the series was short-lived, Rivera quickly landed guest spots on wholesome, family-oriented sitcoms, including "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (NBC, 1990-96) and "Family Matters" (ABC, 1989-1998). Rivera made a leap to feature film acting in 2002, landing a supporting role in "The Master of Disguise." The comedy starred "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) alum Dana Carvey as a quirky and dim-witted waiter named Pistachio who has the ability to transform himself with the help of hundreds of disguises and voice impressions. Soon after, Rivera appeared in a recurring role opposite another comedy legend, Bernie Mac, on his long-running Fox series "The Bernie Mac Show" (2001-06). Rivera was reportedly hired for a single-episode appearance, but was brought back for more episodes throughout the series' run. In 2009, the California native's fortunes changed when she was cast as an Ohio cheerleader on Fox's big gamble, "Glee." Rivera played Santana Lopez, a cold-hearted and competitive member of the cheer squad, the Cheerios, who is sent by her coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) to spy on the school's fledgling glee club. Her character also finds a sidekick in Brittany (Heather Morris), a fellow Cheerio and her frequent make-out partner. Santana also has her eyes on the school's football stars and glee club hunks Finn (Cory Monteith) and Puck (Mark Salling), although her physical advances solely serve her own interests. Rivera showcased her singing talent during one of the show's most acclaimed episodes, "The Power of Madonna" (2010), where she had featured vocals during covers of the singer's hits "Like a Virgin" (1984) and "Express Yourself" (1989). Such was the phenomenon of the musical comedy series, that Rivera shared a 2010 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy with her fellow cast members, as well as staged a successful nationwide concert tour that featured the show's musical numbers and skits. Promoted from recurring character to full cast member for season 2, Rivera remained a key part of the ensemble for the rest of the show's run, and also appeared in the feature "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" (2011). Between seasons, Rivera appeared in the animated film "The Naughty List" (2013) and starred in the horror film "At the Devil's Door" (2014). After "Glee" came to an end in 2015, Rivera had a multi-episode guest arc on comedy-drama "Devious Maids" (Lifetime 2013-16) and co-starred in Fred Wolf's improvisational comedy "Mad Families" (2017) opposite Tiffany Haddish and Leah Remini. On July 8, 2020, Naya Rivera rented a pontoon boat on California's Lake Piru in Ventura County with her four-year-old son Josey. A search was initiated when the boat was not returned on time. The boat was located on the lake with Josey asleep on board wearing a life jacket, and an adult life jacket nearby. After an intensive search of the lake, Rivera was declared missing and presumed drowned. Her body was recovered July 13, 2020.

      Highest rated movies

      60% Glee the Concert Movie
      41% At the Devil's Door

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      Glee, Gloria Estefan (L), Naya Rivera (R), 'Goodbye', Season 3, Ep. #22, 05/22/2012, ©FOX Glee, Naya Rivera, 'Frenemies', Season 5, Ep. #9, 02/25/2014, ©FOX Glee, Naya Rivera (L), Matthew Morrison (C), Chris Colfer (R), 'Mattress', Season 1, Ep. #12, 12/02/2009, ©FOX Glee, Naya Rivera (L), Dianna Agron (C), Heather Morris (R), 'Sectionals', Season 1, Ep. #13, 12/09/2009, ©FOX Glee, Naya Rivera, 'Tina in the Sky with Diamonds', Season 5, Ep. #2, 10/03/2013, ©FOX Glee, Naya Rivera, 'Tina in the Sky with Diamonds', Season 5, Ep. #2, 10/03/2013, ©FOX Glee, Naya Rivera, 'Mash Off', Season 3, Ep. #6, 11/15/2011, ©FOX Glee, Naya Rivera, 'Frenemies', Season 5, Ep. #9, 02/25/2014, ©FOX Glee, Naya Rivera, 'Glease', Season 4, Ep. #6, 11/15/2012, ©FOX GLEE, Chris Colfer (L), Naya Rivera (C), Lea Michele (R), 'Guilty Pleasures', Season 4, Ep. #17, 03/21/2013, ©FOX Glee, Naya Rivera, 'Diva', Season 4, Ep. #13, 02/07/2013, ©FOX Glee, Naya Rivera, 'Diva', Season 4, Ep. #13, 02/07/2013, ©FOX Jimmy Kimmel Live, Naya Rivera, 'Season 11', ©ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live, Naya Rivera, 'Season 11', ©ABC Glee, from left: Heather Morris, Naya Rivera, Darren Criss, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, 'Michael', Season 3, Ep. #11, 01/31/2012, ©FOX Glee, Naya Rivera, 09/09/2009, ©FOX Glee, Amber Riley (L), Naya Rivera (C), Heather Morris (R), 09/09/2009, ©FOX Glee, from left: Dijon Talton, Harry Shum Jr., Heather Morris, Naya Rivera, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, 'Journey', Season 1, Ep. #22, 06/08/2010, ©FOX GLEE, Heather Morris (L), Dianna Agron (C), Naya Rivera (R), 'Thanksgiving', Season 4, Ep. #8, 11/29/2012, ©FOX GLEE, Dianna Agron (L), Naya Rivera (R), 'I Do', Season 4, Ep. #14, 02/14/2013, ©FOX

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 83% Batman: The Long Halloween Deluxe Edition Catwoman/Selina Kyle (Voice) - 2022
      100% 82% Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two Catwoman/Selina Kyle (Voice) - 2021
      100% 88% Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One Catwoman/Selina Kyle (Voice) - 2021
      No Score Yet 28% Mad Families Felipa (Character) - 2017
      41% 21% At the Devil's Door Vera (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 30% The Naughty List Sparkle (Voice) - 2013
      60% 65% Glee the Concert Movie Santana (Character) $11.9M 2011

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 64% Sugar Rush Guest 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Step Up Collette (Character) 2018-2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet TRL Guest 2018
      84% 72% RuPaul's Drag Race Guest 2017
      86% No Score Yet Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 90% American Dad! Lolo Fuentes (Guest Voice) 2016
      No Score Yet 79% Devious Maids Blanca (Character) 2015
      70% 72% Glee Santana Lopez (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2009-2015
      No Score Yet 9% The View Guest 2014-2015
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      58% 48% 8 Simple Rules Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Baywatch Willa (Guest Star) 1996
      44% No Score Yet Live Shot Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 91% The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
      80% No Score Yet The Royal Family Hillary Winston (Character) 1991-1992