Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ to Do

Chita Rivera Flirts with Maurice Chevalier

Chita Rivera’s Broadway roles led to many guest appearances on television variety shows. Rivera recalls performing with the legendary Maurice Chevalier on his television special in May 1956. Archival footage shows a young Rivera flirting and dancing with the older French entertainer, playing the scene for laughs. At this point in her career, Rivera had already been in original Broadway casts, but her star-making turn as Anita in West Side Story was soon to come in 1957.