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The Almanac

Today is Friday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2004 with 343 to follow.
By United Press International

Banderas happy with 'Nine' run

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Antonio Banderas says his experience starring in the hit Broadway musical "Nine" was such a wonderful one he is already planning his return to the Great White W
KAREN BUTLER

Kennedy Center names five 2003 honorees

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Tuesday that singer James Brown, actress Carol Burnett, singer Loretta Lynn, director Mike Nichols

'Hairspray' top Tony Awards contender

NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) -- The musical "Hairspray" was the top scorer Monday in the competition for the 57th annual Tony Awards for the best of Broadway, winning 13 nominations including best musical of the 2002-2003 season.
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

Canadian pop singer Bryan Adams says someone took a shot at him as he rode a motorbike through London.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Antonio Banderas stars in 'Nine' on stage

NEW YORK, April 28 (UPI) -- Antonio Banderas is making his Broadway debut in a revival of "Nine," a musical about a man haunted by all the women in his life that might have been tailor-mad
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

Australian hunk Hugh Jackman says he was as surprised as anyone when he was hired to play Wolverine in the blockbuster, "X-Men."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

Oscar-winning parents Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas welcomed their second child into the world early Sunday.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

Jazz legend Nina Simone died Monday at her home in France. She was 70.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "Spider-Man" each have been nominated for five 2003 MTV Movie awards.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

The new Jack Nicholson-Adam Sandler comedy, "Anger Management," caused a fury at the box office this weekend, earning a staggering $44.5 million.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Hollywood Digest

NEW CAINE MOVIE INVITES CONTROVERSY
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

The shortage of black stunt-women who know martial arts meant Gabrielle Union had to do most of her own stunts on "Cradle 2 the Grave."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2003 with 342 to follow.
By United Press International

Of Human Interest: News lite

Contrary to popular opinion, most workers are not buried in e-mail each day.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International
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Chita Rivera
Actress Chita Rivera takes her December 11, 2005 opening night curtain call bows in her Broadway review Chita Rivera The Dancer's Life which opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld theatre. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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Chita Rivera (born January 23, 1933) is an American actress, dancer, and singer best known for her roles in musical theater. She is the first Hispanic woman to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award (December 2002). She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

Rivera was born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Katherine, a government clerk, and Pedro Julio Figueroa del Rivero, a clarinetist and saxophonist for the United States Navy Band. Her father was Puerto Rican and her mother was of Scottish and Italian descent. Rivera was seven years old when her mother was widowed and went to work for The Pentagon.

In 1944, Rivera's mother enrolled her in the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet (now the Jones Haywood School of Dance). Later, when she was 15, a teacher from George Balanchine's School of American Ballet visited their studio and Rivera was one of two students picked to audition in New York City; she was accompanied to the audition by Doris Jones, one of the people who ran the Jones-Haywood School. Rivera's audition was successful and she was accepted into the school and given a scholarship.

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