Chita Rivera was born on the 23rd January 1933, in Washington DC, USA of Puerto Rican (father) and Irish-Scottish (mother) descent. She is an actress, singer and dancer, mainly known for her diverse roles in the musical theatre. She is the first Hispanic woman to have been awarded the Kennedy Centre Honours (2002), and in 2009 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Chita was active in the entertainment industry from 1950 to 2013.
How much is the net worth of Chita Rivera? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the outright size of her wealth is as much as $2 million, as of the data presented in early 2017.
Chita Rivera Net Worth $2 Million
To begin with, Chita is the daughter of Katherine, a government worker and Pedro Julio Figueroa del Rivero, a musician. Rivera was 7 years old when her mother was widowed and went to work for the Pentagon. In 1944, Rivera was accepted to study at ballet school Jones-Haywood, and when she was 15, a professor from George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet visited the school, and she was one of two students selected to enter the school on a scholarship.
Concerning her professional career, Rivera went with a friend to an audition for the Broadway musical “Call Me Madam” (1952), and she ended up getting the role. It was followed by other roles in Broadway productions such as “Can-Can” and “Guys and Dolls” In 1957, she was cast in the role that helped her to become a Broadway star, the fiery Anita in “West Side Story”. In 1963, she starred in musical “Zenda”, and then appeared as Velma Kelly in the musical “Chicago”, and in 1984, she appeared in the musical “The Rink”, winning her first Tony Award. Her net worth was rising steadily.
In 1986, Rivera was in a serious accident when driving her car, and ran into a taxi in Manhattan. After rehabilitation for a leg broken in 12 places, , Rivera continued to work on stage. Then in 1991 she appeared as Fastrada in a television version of the musical “Pippin”. In 1993, Rivera won the second Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Aurora the musical “Kiss of the Spider Woman” written by Kander and Ebb. In 2003, Rivera returned to the Broadway revival of “Nine” starring with Antonio Banderas and winning the Drama Desk Award. On television, Rivera was a guest star in “The Judy Garland Show”, then in 2005 starred with Michele Lee in the television series “Will & Grace”, followed at the end of that year by starring on Broadway in “The Dancer’s Life”, a i retrospective of her career. In 2009, President Barack Obama honoured her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Moreover, Rivera made a cameo appearance in the film version of “Chicago” (2002), and guest starred in the television film “Johnny and the Sprites” aired on the Disney Channel in 2008.
In 1960, Rivera recorded two solo albums, “Chita Rivera: Get Me To The Church On Time” and “And Now I Sing”. In 2008, Rivera issued her third solo album – “And Now I Swing”.
Finally, in the personal life of Rivera, she was married to the actor, dancer, choreographer and director Tony Mordente, who played the A-Rab in the stage version of the “West Side Story”. In 1958, their daughter Lisa Mordente was born, who is now a well-known dancer and choreographer. Mordente and Rivera divorced in 1966.
She was awarded the 1996 Drama Logue Award for Performance for "The Kiss of the Spider Woman" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
Kicked off her Tour of "Cita Rivera: The Dancers Life" in Cincinnati, Ohio [December 2006]
Currently in her own show on Broadway called Chita Rivera: The Dancers Life [December 2005]
Chita: A Legendary CelebrationFor one night only, Chita Rivera - a theatrical icon and one of Broadway's greatest triple-threat talents - will offer a star-studded event in honor of her 80th birthday [January 2013]
Appearing nightly in her one woman cabaret show at Feinstein's at The Regency Hotel in New York City from February 22-March 12, 2005. [February 2005]
Performed the role of "Claire Zachanassian" in John Kander & Fred Ebb's "The Visit" at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia (2008).
She was nominated for a 2002 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Musical for "The Visit" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
Has won two Tony Awards as Best Actress (Musical): in 1984 for "The Rink," and in 1993 for "Kiss of the Spider Woman--The Musical." And she has earned six additional nominations: one as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) in 1961 for "Bye, Bye Birdie;" four additional Best Actress (Musical) entries, in 1976 for "Chicago," in 1981 for "Bring Back Birdie," in 1983 for "Merlin," and in 1986 for "Jerry's Girls;" and one as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) in 2003 for "Nine The Musical!" This is a total of eight nominations, making her the second most nominated actress in Tony history (after Julie Harris, who has ten).
Was the first ever Latin-American to receive the Kennedy Honors Award.
Daughter of the late Puerto Rican musician Pedro del Rivero, and his wife, Katherine.
Achieved her first fame on Broadway in 1957, portraying Anita in West Side Story.
Jet Black Hair
I don't see the camaraderie [on Broadway] as much anymore. Everyone wants to be a soloist before really learning how to relate. When you can relate to the person next to you without words and be alive, when you can keep the energy and interest going, it is magical.