Awards won by Chita...

You can't go as long and become as respected as Chita Rivera has been on Broadway and in the musical theatre without being recognized for your achievements. Here is a short list of the awards Chita has won, with links to WWW pages where they can be found:

Chita Rivera has been honored with theatre's highest honor, the Tony. Chita has been nominated seven times for Tonys, winning two -- one in 1983 for Featured Musical Actress for The Rink, and in 1993 for her role in Kiss of the Spider Woman. In fact, "Spider Woman" essentially swept the board at the 1993 Tonys, winning five awards, and four of the six top musical awards.

This information can be found on the Tony Awards home page, where there is a database of all performers who were nominated for Tonys since the Tonys began.

Chita also won The Drama Desk 1984 Award for outstanding actress in a musical for "The Rink". (If you check the archives of this awards site, you will also see two pictures of Ms. Rivera presenting awards as well.)

Chita was also named the Wilfred E. Helwig Distinguished Artist, I believe for 1996, though I can't find the year as given in the website. A picture of Chita with her award is at the bottom of the linked website. The award is given annually by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

In 1996, Chita was also presented with the top honor at the 1996 Helen Hayes Awards for contributions to theatre. Here is a news story -- no pictures, though, of the event.

The CultureFinder website has named Rivera one of it's dance all-stars. Click the above for more facts about Chita.

Chita has also been named as a winner of the Theatre Development Fund's Astaire Award for excellence in the dance in theatre. (NOTE: The site linked to lists the last winners -- the choereographer and the two main stars in the CHICAGO revival, but lists Chita as a prior winner, but the year is not listed.)

Many, many more listings and links to come -- just gotta dig them all up...

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