Icon Chita Rivera has left an indelible stamp on her friends and fans for several decades. She was a legend and a trailblazer born in Washington, D.C. January 23, 1933 as Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero Anderson, passing away on January 30, 2024 – an actress, a singer, a dancer.

Chita received numerous accolades including 10 Tony Nominations for which she received two Tony Awards (The Rink-1984), Kiss of the Spiderwoman-1993), two Drama Desk Awards, and a Drama League Award. She was Tony nominated for her role in Kander & Ebb’s The Visit (2015), opposite Roger Rees, directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Graciela Danielle. Rivera was the first Latine and the first Latino American to receive a Kennedy Center Honor in 2002, and Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 . She won the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2018. She acted in films and on TV constantly expanding her career and visibility.

Her autobiography, Chita: A Memoir, was published in 2023.

When you walked out of a show from any and all appearances, the immediate reaction was “sensational.”

Here are photos that encompass many decades of her career, from the 1970’s thru the present, lovingly shot by one of her biggest fans, Maryann Lopinto.

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