Chita Rivera, Broadway star and singer, dead at 91

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Chita Rivera, the fire-and-ice dancer, singer and actress who soared into stardom in the original Broadway production of “West Side Story” and captivated audiences for nearly seven decades, died on Tuesday.

She was 91. 

Chita Rivera in a West Side Story

Chita Rivera and Ken Leroy star in a stage version of the musical ‘West Side Story’ in Manchester, UK, November 1958. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Broadway star played the role of “Anita” in West Side Story and also starred in Bye Bye Birdie and Chicago.

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Rivera is one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history, with 10 nominations and two wins. She’s also been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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