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Very fascinating life and career.  Based on interviews I've read, she was bitter about the fact that Rita Moreno got the role of Anita in the film of West Side Story, even though Chita originated the role on Broadway.

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I am also extremely sorry that she didn't get to play Anita on screen. I never researched the reasons for casting Moreno, but Rivera was the superior dancer and singer. I have also always been sorry that Gwen Verdon didn't get to do Sweet Charity on screen, though I understand that she was too old at that point. In Rivera's case it couldn't have been a question of age since she is a year younger than Moreno.

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