Saludos Hispanos

Rivera continued to work into her 90’s. Her autobiography, Chita: A Memoir was published in 2023. Her most recent screen credit was in Netflix’s 2021 movie Tick, Tick… Boom! in which she appeared in a sequence among other stage musical luminaries. The movie was directed by fellow Puerto Rican Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has called Rivera “the trailblazer for Puerto Rico on Broadway.” Rivera was married to Tony Mordente, a fellow dancer who she met while filming her most famous film, West Side Story. They divorced in 1966, and have one daughter, Lisa. In 2021 Rivera offered advice to the younger generation with an interview on ABC’s 20/20, “Be yourself, work hard… and just think you can do everything and anything until you find out you can’t.”