Chita Rivera

(b. 1933)

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(b Washington, DC, 23 Jan. 1933)

US dancer, singer, and actor. She studied at the School of American Ballet and made her debut in the touring production of Call Me Madam in 1950. She appeared on Broadway in Guys and Dolls (1952) but came to fame in the created role of Anita in West Side Story (chor. Robbins, 1957). She went on to perform leading roles in Sweet Charity (1966) and Chicago (1975). Despite suffering major injuries in 1986 she returned to the stage to star in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993) and in the Broadway revival of Nine (2003).

Subjects: Music — Performing Arts.

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