Chita Rivera Biography (1933-)

Full name, Dolores Concita Figueroa del Rivero; born January 23, 1933, in Washington, DC; daughter of Pedro Julio Figueroa (a musician) and Katherine (a government clerk) del Rivero; married Anthony Mordente (an actor), December 1,1957 (divorced); children: Lisa (a director and choreographer). Addresses: Agent: William Morris Agency, 1325 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY10019.

Actress, singer, dancer
Birth Details
January 23, 1933
Washington, D.C, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • (Broadway debut) Dancer, Guys and Dolls, 46th Street Theatre, NewYork City, 1950
  • (As Conchita del Rivero) Dancer, Call Me Madam, Imperial Theatre,New York City, 1952
  • Dancer, Can-Can, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1953
  • Ensemble, Shoestring Revue (revue), President Theatre, New York City, 1955
  • Fifi, Seventh Heaven, American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, New York City, 1955
  • Rita Romano, Mr. Wonderful, Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1956-1957
  • Anita, West Side Story, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1957-1959
  • Standby Mehitabel, Shinbone Alley, Broadway Theatre, 1957
  • (London debut) Anita, West Side Story, Her Majesty's Theatre, 1958
  • Rosie Grant, Bye Bye Birdie, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1960, then Her Majesty's Theatre, 1961
  • Athena Constantine, Zenda, Curran Theatre, San Francisco, CA, thenPasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA, both 1963
  • Anyanka, Bajour, Shubert Theatre, 1964-1965
  • Jenny, The Threepenny Opera, Mineola Theatre, Mineola, NY, 1966
  • Flower Drum Song, Melody Top Theatre, Milwaukee, WI, 1966
  • Zorba, Westbury Music Fair, Westbury NY, 1970
  • Milliken Breakfast Show, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, 1972
  • Billie Dawn, Born Yesterday, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia,PA, 1972
  • Sondheim: A Musical Tribute (revue), Shubert Theatre, 1973
  • Father's Day, Ivanhoe Theatre, Chicago, 1974
  • Velma Kelly, Chicago, 46th Street Theatre, 1975
  • Sing Happy! (revue), Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, 1978
  • V.I.P. Night on Broadway (revue), Shubert Theatre, 1979
  • Rose, Bring Back Birdie, Martin Beck Theatre, 1981
  • Hey Look Me Over, Avery Fisher Hall, 1981
  • The Queen, Merlin, Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Anna, The Rink, Martin Beck Theatre, 1984
  • Ensemble, Jerry's Girls (revue), St. James Theatre, New York City,1985-1986
  • Happy Birthday, Mr. Abbott! Or Night of 100 Years, 1987
  • La Mome Pistache, Can-Can, Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1988
  • Title role, Kiss of the Spider Woman, St. Lawrence Centre, Toronto, Canada, then Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1993
  • Angela Lansbury--A Celebration, Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • Two Broadway Legends, Together at Last!, North Shore Music Theater, Beverly, MA, 1997
  • Roxie Hart, Chicago, Las Vegas, NV, 2000
  • Anything Goes, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ, 2000
  • La vieja, Venecia, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, 2001
  • Magdalena Monteverde, Casper: The Musical, Bendem Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2001
  • The Visit, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 2001
  • Title role, The House of Bernarda Alba, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 2002
  • Liliane La Fleur, Nine, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 2003
  • Major Tours
  • (As Conchita del Rivero) Principal dancer, Call Me Madam, U.S. cities, 1952
  • Rosie Grant, Bye Bye Birdie, U.S. cities, 1962
  • Title role, Sweet Charity, U.S. and Canadian cities, 1967-1968
  • Leader, Zorba, U.S. cities, 1969
  • Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, U.S. cities, 1972
  • Lilli Vanessi/Katherine, Kiss Me Kate, U.S. cities, 1974
  • Velma Kelly, Chicago, U.S. cities, 1977-1978
  • Film Appearances
  • Nickie, Sweet Charity (also known as Sweet Charity: The Adventures of a Girl Who Wanted to Be Loved), Universal, 1969
  • Guest at Heartland, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (also known as Banda de los corazones), Universal, 1978
  • Herself, He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin', 1983
  • Nickie, Chicago, Miramax, 2002
  • Herself, Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (also known as Broadway: The Golden Age), 2003
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Connie Richardson, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS, 1973-1974
  • Movies
  • Josie Hopper, The Marcus-Nelson Murders (also known as Kojak and the Marcus-Nelson Murders and Kojak: The Marcus-Nelson Murders),CBS, 1973
  • Risa Dickstein, The Mayflower Madam, CBS, 1987
  • Specials
  • The Maurice Chevalier Show, NBC, 1956
  • The General Motors 50th Anniversary Show, NBC, 1957
  • Tiptoe through TV, CBS, 1960
  • Variety: The World of Show Biz, CBS, 1960
  • Arthur Godfrey and the Sounds of New York, CBS, 1963
  • The George Burns Special, CBS, 1976
  • The Stars and Stripes Show, NBC, 1976
  • Gingerbread lady, "Hansel and Gretel," Once Upon a Brothers Grimm,CBS, 1977
  • Honoree, The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, 1979
  • Fastrada, Pippin: His Life and Times, 1981
  • Broadway Plays Washington: Kennedy Center Tonight (also known as Broadway Plays Washington), PBS, 1982
  • Night of 100 Stars II, NBC, 1982
  • The 38th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1984
  • The Night of 100 Stars II, ABC, 1985
  • The 39th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1985
  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC, 1985
  • The 40th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1986
  • The Golden Eagle Awards, syndicated, 1987
  • Broadway Sings: The Music of Jule Styne, PBS, 1987
  • Celebrating Gershwin, PBS, 1987
  • The 41st Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1987
  • The 42nd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1988
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.'s 60th Birthday Celebration, ABC, 1990
  • America's Dance Honors, ABC, 1990
  • Night of 100 Stars III, NBC, 1990
  • The 47th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1993
  • Herself, The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1994
  • (In archive footage) Herself, The Music of Kander and Ebb: Razzle Dazzle, PBS, 1997
  • Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys, PBS, 1997
  • A Walk Down 42nd Street with David Hartman, PBS, 1998
  • Herself, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center Opening, PBS, 1998
  • Herself, The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (also known as The Kennedy Center Honors), CBS, 1998
  • Bob Fosse: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1999
  • The 53rd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1999
  • Shirley Maclaine: This Time Around, Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face, Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • Herself, My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs, PBS, 2001
  • Herself, Liza Minelli: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2002
  • The 25th Anniversary Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 2002
  • Herself, The 57th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2003
  • Herself, Broadway's Lost Treasures, PBS, 2003
  • Also appeared on Great Performances.
  • Episodic
  • The Imogene Coca Show, NBC, 1954
  • "The Maurice Chevalier Special," Max Liebman Presents, NBC, 1956
  • The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS, 1960, 1962
  • Mrs. Dame, "The Bellero Shield," The Outer Limits, ABC, 1964
  • Herself, The Judy Garland Show, 1964
  • Guest, The Hollywood Palace, 1965, 1966, 1968
  • Herself, The Carol Burnett Show, 1969, 1971
  • Guest, That's Life, 1969
  • Josie Hopper, "The Marcus Nelson Murders," Kojak, 1973
  • Herself, "Sammy Davis, Jr.: Mr. Entertainment," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Also appeared in The Garry Moore Show, CBS; The Arthur GodfreyShow, CBS; The Sid Caesar Show, NBC; The Dinah Shore Show,NBC; London Palladium Show, British television; The Electric Company; as voice of insect, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child, HBO.
  • Albums
  • Appeared on a number of original Broadway cast recordings, including Bye Bye Birdie.

Further Reference


    • Dictionary of Hispanic Biography, Gale Research, 1996
    • Playbill, July 31, 2003, p. 8
    • The Washington Post, December 8, 2002, pp. G1-G10

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