By Ann Geracimos for THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Triple threat Chita Rivera — the dancer-singer-actress forever linked with the role of Anita in the original "West Side Story" — is one Washingtonian who never looks back.
Not for her is a reliance on past achievements as a star in many of Broadway's most successful musical theater productions. She keeps "the real world" separate from the world of showbiz that she has inhabited since she was a teenager.
"I don't wear at home the parts I do on stage," Miss Rivera says in a telephone interview from her four-acre retreat in Westchester County, N.Y.
The two-time Tony winner, who is among the five outstanding performing artists being celebrated in this weekend's Kennedy Center Honors ceremonies, was born in Washington on Jan. 23, 1933, and received her first dance training at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet in the District's Northwest. click for more