The Lights of Broadway Dimmed After the Passing of the Legendary Chita Rivera

January 31
The Lights of Broadway Dimmed After the Passing of the Legendary Chita Rivera
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The legendary Chita Rivera passed away at the age of 91.

Chita Rivera, a Broadway legend and pioneering Latina actress, passed away at the age of 91 in New York City after a brief illness. She was born as Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero and became a symbol of enduring talent and versatility on the Broadway stage.

Rivera adorned her career with a series of groundbreaking roles and accolades. She was a force to be reckoned with, earning 10 Tony nominations and winning twice - for “The Rink” in 1984 and “Kiss of the Spider Woman” in 1993.

However, her most lasting legacy likely lies in the roles she originated, breathing life into characters like Anita in “West Side Story”, (1957), Rose Alvarez in “Bye Bye Birdie” (1960), and Velma Kelly in “Chicago” (1975). These roles not only showcased her immense talent but also paved the way for future generations of Latina actresses.

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