Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

Highest Rated: 100% Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018)

Lowest Rated: 83% 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.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
100% 90% Bathtubs Over Broadway Herself (Character) - 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
83% 74% Sweet Charity Nickie (Character) - 1969

TV

Credit
38% 77% Maya & Marty Music Performer 2016
No Score Yet 52% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center Music Performer 2013
No Score Yet 87% Will & Grace Lenore (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1974 1971
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 1971 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Judy Garland Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1964

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