Beloved Broadway Star Passes Away At 91

Chita Rivera, the legendary Broadway icon, passed away in New York on Tuesday, just one week after celebrating her 91st birthday. Her long and illustrious career spanned over seven decades, leaving an indelible mark on the world of theater and earning her numerous accolades, including a Kennedy Center Honor. Merle Frimark, a dear friend of Rivera for over 40 years, confirmed her passing and expressed immense personal sorrow at the loss of the beloved star.

Born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero Anderson, Chita Rivera originated several iconic roles in Broadway musicals that became synonymous with her talent. Notable among these were her portrayal of Anita in “West Side Story,” Velma Kelly in “Chicago,” and the title role in “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” These performances showcased her exceptional singing, dancing, and acting abilities, solidifying her status as one of the best Broadway divas of all time, as recognized by Time Out New York in 2019.