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Chita Rivera

ADÁL, born 1948
Chita Rivera, born 23 Jan 1933
Gelatin silver print
Image: 18.9 × 19.1 cm (7 7/16 × 7 1/2")
Sheet: 25.1 × 20.2 cm (9 7/8 × 7 15/16")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquisition made possible through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
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©1984 Adál
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Born Washington, D.C.
An enduring Broadway diva, dancer, singer, and actress, Chita Rivera has been dazzling audiences since she set foot on the stage as principal dancer in Call Me Madam (1951), a role she accidentally snatched from a friend while accompanying her to an audition. She danced in Guys and Dolls in 1953 and starred in Can-Can before soaring to fame as Anita in the 1957 Broadway premiere of West Side Story. Rivera originated the roles of Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie (1960), Velma in Chicago (1975), Anna in The Rink (1984), and Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993). The latter two roles brought her Tony Awards. In 2015 she starred in the Tony-nominated musical The Visit
In 2002, Rivera became the first Latina to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award; she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. This photograph by ADÁL captures her as The Queen in Merlin (1983).
Nacida en Washington, D.C.
Chita Rivera, diva de Broadway, ha gozado de larga vigencia como bailarina, cantante y actriz, deslumbrando a los públicos desde que pisó por primera vez el escenario en 1951 como bailarina principal en Call Me Madam, papel que arrebató por accidente a una amiga, pues solo fue a la audición por acompañarla. En 1953 bailó en Guys and Dolls para luego protagonizar Can-Can antes de catapultarse a la fama en 1957 con el papel de Anita en el estreno de West Side Story en Broadway. Rivera originó los roles de Rosie en Bye Bye Birdie (1960), Velma en Chicago (1975), Anna en The Rink (1984) y Aurora en Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993). Los últimos dos le ganaron premios Tony. En 2015 protagonizó el musical The Visit, que recibió varias nominaciones para el Tony.
Rivera fue la primera latina que obtuvo el premio Kennedy Center Honors (2002) y recibió la Medalla Presidencial de la Libertad en 2009. En esta foto de ADÁL aparece ataviada para el personaje de la reina en Merlin (1983).
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