Legendary stage actor and dancer Chita Rivera celebrates her birthday January 23.
Rivera made her Broadway debut as a dancer in the original Broadway production of Guys and Dolls. Throughout her vast career, she has starred original Broadway productions of West Side Story, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven, and more.
Nominated for Tony Awards for her roles in Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, Bring Back Birdie, Merlin, Jerry's Girls, Nine, Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, and The Visit, she won the award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performances in The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman.
Rivera was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 by President Barack Obama, and in 2002, she received the Kennedy Center Honors, becoming the first Hispanic woman ever chosen to receive the award.