Rivera was born in Washington, D.C., and had a tomboyish nature, which her mother enrolled her in ballet classes to channel her energy.

After attending a Call Me Madam audition with a friend, she got a full scholarship at the School of American Dance in New York.

Rivera's breakthrough role as Anita in West Side Story in 1957 was a testament to her exceptional dance skills, acting, and singing talents.

Rivera resumed dancing in 1986, although in a reduced form, despite the fact that she had been involved in a serious taxi accident.

Despite her illness, Rivera's fame remained, receiving multiple Tony Awards, a Kennedy Center honor, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 Rivera's focus was mostly on theatrical performances rather than television or movies, making her a Broadway legend.

Chita Rivera She was a pioneering figure for other Latinas aspiring to reach the Broadway stage, receiving 10 Tony nominations and winning twice.