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Broadway icon Chita Rivera, best known for her role as Anita in the original 1957 Broadway cast of “West Side Story,” died on January 30, 2024, at the age of 91.

Chita’s death was confirmed by her daughter, Lisa Mordente, according to Deadline.

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Chita Rivera. Dia Dipasupil/Getty

Who was Chita Rivera?

Rivera Rivera was born in 1933 in Washington DC to a Puerto Rican father and a mother of Scottish and Irish heritage.

She began her Broadway career in the 1950s, landing roles in productions like Can-Can and Mr Wonderful.

In 1957, she was part of the original West Side Story cast – a performance that paved her way to Broadway stardom.

Soon after, Rivera was nominated for a Tony Award for the musical Bye Bye Birdie alongside Dick Van Dyke.

Van Dyke also paid tribute, saying Rivera was “the best that ever was”.

A few decades later, the actress starred in another iconic role: vaudeville performer Velma Kelly in Chicago.

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Chita Rivera … Jason Mendez/Getty

Triple threat

Catherine Zeta-Jones, who won an Oscar for playing Velma on screen, said on Instagram: “There are no words to tell you what an incredible impact you have had on my life.

“From dreaming of being you as a little girl, then meeting you and then being deeply connected to you by playing the one and only Velma Kelly in Chicago.

“There will never, ever, be anyone like you Chita, ever. Dim the lights on Broadway! Or, may I suggest, we just plug the plug. I love you Chita, sleep tight my Queen.”

Rivera was celebrated for being a “triple-threat” – singing, dancing and acting in numerous Broadway hits throughout the years, as well as being a trailblazer for Latina women.

Her last Broadway appearance was in 2015 in The Visit alongside the late Welsh actor and director Roger Rees.

‘Authentic Broadway icon’

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This is a photo of Chita Rivera, who was the original cast member in the Broadway musical production of “West Side Story,” in November 1957. (AP Photo)

Other colleagues and friends of Rivera’s remembered her for her dazzling stage presence and outstanding achievements.

Actor Jason Alexander in a post on X: “The incomparable Chita Rivera was one of the greatest spirits and colleagues I’ve ever known. She set the bar in every way. I will cherish her always.”

Actress Mia Farrow called her “an authentic Broadway icon”.

“No one who was fortunate enough to have seen any of her performances will ever forget the experience,” Ms Farrow said on X.

The Tony Awards called her a “Broadway legend … whose grace, talent and passion left an unforgettable mark on the world of theatre”.

Rivera’s work earned her two Tony Awards for best actress in a musical for The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman. She was nominated for eight others.

In 2002, Rivera was the first Latina to be awarded Kennedy Center Honors, which is given to artists for lifetime achievements in performing arts.

She is also a recipient of a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the US, given to her by former President Barack Obama in 2009 for her work as an “agent of change”.

In 2018, Rivera was given a lifetime Tony award. Last year she published her autobiography, Chita: A Memoir, which became a New York Times best seller.

Her daughter Lisa Mordente said she died peacefully in New York from a brief illness.

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FILE – Chita Rivera arrives at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018, in New York. On Tuesday Rivera released “Chita: A Memoir,” written with Patrick Pacheco. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

When is Chita Rivera funeral service?

Currently, the family of the late Chita Rivera has not revealed the date of her funeral. However, they have made it known that her funeral will be a private affair.

Additionally, a memorial service will be announced at a later time. The statement also requests any donations in her memory to be made to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Rest assured, we are diligently keeping track of updates regarding Chita Rivera’s funeral service and will inform you promptly once we receive any significant information.

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