Chita Rivera is a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical actress and dancer of Puerto Rican heritage, and the first Hispanic woman to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award.
In 1957, Chita was cast in the role which made her a Broadway star - the firebrand “Anita” in the Broadway premiere of “West Side Story”. Rivera received her first Tony in 1984 for her role in “The Rink” and her second for Best Leading Actress in a Musical in 1993 for her role in “Kiss of the Spider Woman”.
On December 11, 2005, “The Dancer’s Life”, a retrospective of Rivera’s career, opened on Broadway. She received her seventh Tony nomination for her self-portrayal.
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