Chita Rivera — a pioneering Tony-winning Broadway star and the primary Latina recipient of the distinguished Kennedy Heart Honor — has died.
The tragic information was confirmed by her daughter, Lisa Mordente, who mentioned she handed away in New York following a quick sickness.
Born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero Anderson, Chita famously solid a path for Latina artists … turning into the primary particular person to play Anita in “West Facet Story” in 1957 and Velma Kelly in “Chicago.”
She earned a staggering 10 Tony nominations throughout six many years on stage … bagging the Finest Actress in a Musical award for each “Kiss of the Spider Girl” and “The Rink.”
Chita additionally starred in Broadway productions of “Threepenny Opera,” “Kiss Me Kate,” and “Candy Charity,” amongst many others.
Most just lately, she was dancing onstage within the 2015 manufacturing of “The Go to” … telling AP on the time she did not know what she’d do if she wasn’t shifting, telling a narrative, or singing a tune — including efficiency was “the spirit of my life.”
Chita was additionally a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and have become a NY Instances bestseller in 2023 with the discharge of her e-book, “Chita: A Memoir.”
She’s survived by her daughter Lisa Mordente, siblings Julio, Armando, and Lola del Rivero, and her many nieces and nephews.
Her rep, Merle Frimark, revealed in an announcement her funeral could be non-public and a memorial service could be introduced sooner or later.