Chita Rivera (born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero Anderson; [note 1] January 23, 1933), is an American actress, singer and dancer best known for originating roles in Broadway musicals including Anita in West Side Story, Velma Kelly in Chicago, and the title role in Kiss of the Spider Woman.
An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received eight additional Tony nominations for an exceptional 10 Tony nominations.
Chita Rivera, original name Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero, (born January 23, 1933, Washington, D.C., U.S.), American dancer, singer, and actress who was best known for her energetic performances in such Broadway musicals as West Side Story, Chicago, and Kiss of the Spider Woman.
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Daughter of the late Puerto Rican musician Pedro del Rivero, and his wife, Katherine. Mother of actress Lisa Mordente. Chita Rivera is the 2002 John F. Kennedy Center Honors recipient. Her father was Puerto Rican, and her mother was of mostly Scottish extraction. Played a character called "Nickie" in both Chicago (2002) and Sweet Charity (1969).
- Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero
- 5' 3½" (1.61 m)
Nov 02, 2015 · Chita Rivera was the first Hispanic woman to receive the honor. The first Hispanic man honored was Spanish tenor Placido Domingo in 2000. Chita in her 70s 2003: Nominated for Tony for her...
Chita Rivera A theatrical icon and one of Broadway’s greatest triple-threat talents, Chita Rivera is one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history having earned 10 nominations, won...