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‘West Side Story’ Broadway Star Passes Away Aged 91


Broadway legend Chita Rivera, famed for originating the role of Anita in the 1957 Broadway debut of “West Side Story,” passed away at the age of 91.

Born in 1933 as Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero in Washington, D.C., she embarked on a remarkable career that spanned decades. Her Broadway journey began in 1953 with “Can-Can,” but it was her portrayal of Anita in the original 1957 production of “West Side Story” that catapulted her to stardom.

Rivera’s daughter announced on Tuesday in New York that her mother’s passing followed a short illness, according to a statement given to CBS News.

Rivera was best known for her collaboration with choreographer and director Bob Fosse, which resulted in unforgettable roles like Velma Kelly in “Chicago” and the title character in “Sweet Charity.” She received two Tony Awards during her illustrious career, for “The Rink” (1984) and “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1993).

From an early age, Rivera honed her skills as a dancer and, at 16, earned a scholarship to the renowned School of American Ballet. She also started performing at the Palladium nightclub in Manhattan. In an interview with CBS “Sunday Morning,” she reflected, “I discovered the rhythm. I discovered the beat. I discovered my heartbeat. I was becoming attuned to my sex appeal. And the rhythm was hot.”

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New York, NY USA – October 1, 2017: Chita Rivera attends Bright Lights Shinning Stars Gala 2017

Rivera’s 2023 autobiography, “Chita: A Memoir,” explores the duality of her persona, distinguishing between Chita and Dolores. She acknowledges that although Dolores has a more obscure aspect, “I believe that Dolores is responsible for me having a career. She’s the guts. She’s the courage.”

Beyond her artistic achievements, she was a trailblazer for Latina performers, earning a Kennedy Center Honor in 2002. Rivera’s legacy as a talented performer and advocate for important causes will endure, ensuring that her influence on Broadway and the arts will continue to inspire future generations.

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Her passing is a profound loss, but her impact on the world of entertainment remains timeless.

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