Chita Rivera



Biography

Chita Rivera is universally regarded as an American national treasure. Rivera is Broadway's most accomplished and versatile dancer, actress, and singer. A recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor, presented by the President of the United States, Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and has received six additional Tony Award nominations. She most recently appeared on Broadway in Chita Rivera: the Dancer's Life, the story of her own life in the theater. Broadway history was made when Rivera’s electric performance as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story brought her stardom.  The starring role in Bye Bye Birdie followed West Side Story, and Rivera returned to the West End in 1960 to reprise her performance in that role. Among her many other celebrated stage credits are Chicago, The Rink, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Nine, and Zorba.  Rivera also played Nicky in the film version of Sweet Charity with Shirley MacLaine. Despite the many highlights of her stellar and historic career, Rivera always maintains that her most treasured production is her daughter, Lisa Mordente.
Chita Rivera