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Jennifer O'Neill (born February 20, 1948) is an American actress. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the daughter of a Spanish-Irish businessman and his English wife.
As a teenager, O'Neill started to work as a model and appeared in TV commercials and on magazine covers. In 1968 she landed a small role in For the Love of Ivy. In 1970 she played a minor role in Rio Lobo, starring John Wayne. After her success in Summer of '42 in 1971, in which she plays the young widow of a soldier killed in war, O'Neill became a well-known Hollywood actress, and continued acting for the next two decades, but was seldom offered roles which challenged her abilities.
O'Neill had more success in TV movies, including notable performances in Love's Savage Fury and in Bare Essence.
More recently, O'Neill started to write, and has published From Fallen To Forgiven, a book of biographical notes and philosophical thoughts about life and existence.
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More recently, O'Neill started to write, and has published From Fallen To Forgiven, a book of biographical notes and philosophical thoughts about life and existence. Bush, recognizing her contributions to American (U.S.) culture. O'Neill had more success in TV movies, including notable performances in Love's Savage Fury and in Bare Essence. In 2002 Chita Rivera became the first female Hispanic to receive the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors award presented by President George W. After her success in Summer of '42 in 1971, in which she plays the young widow of a soldier killed in war, O'Neill became a well-known Hollywood actress, and continued acting for the next two decades, but was seldom offered roles which challenged her abilities. She received her first Tony in 1984 for her role in The Rink and her second for Best Leading Actress in a Musical in 1993 for her role in Kiss of the Spider Woman. In 1970 she played a minor role in Rio Lobo, starring John Wayne. Rivera received two Tony Awards and six additional nominations.
In 1968 she landed a small role in For the Love of Ivy. [Quoted at http://www.geocities.com/Broadway/Stage/9942/inthe1226.html]. As a teenager, O'Neill started to work as a model and appeared in TV commercials and on magazine covers. You have long been considered a Broadway legend."" Rivera replied "Oh, God!" and laughed. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the daughter of a Spanish-Irish businessman and his English wife. Indeed "In Theatre" magazine has suggested in an interview by Goerge Horsfall: " You must be tired of the term "legend", but let's get it out of the way. Jennifer O'Neill (born February 20, 1948) is an American actress. Rivera is widely regarded by theatre aficiandos as a "living legend".
For the Love of Ivy (1968). Rivera is planning on appearing in three plays in 2004: Nine with Antonio Banderas, The Visit and Ballroom. Futz! (1969). She played the role of Nicky in the movie version of Sweet Charity with Shirley MacLaine. Rio Lobo (1970). She went on a national tour with Can-Can. Summer of '42 (1971). Chita also starred in the Broadway productions of Bye Bye Birdie, Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, The Rink, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Zorba.
Such Good Friends (1971). Her performance was so important for the success of the show that the London production was posponed until after Chita gave birth to the couple's daughter, Lisa. Glass Houses (1972). On December 1, 1957, Rivera married dancer Tony Mordente. The Carey Treatment (1972). She was cast as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story. Years later the role of Anita was to bring fame and an Oscar to another Puerto Rican, Rita Moreno in the film version. Lady Ice (1973). In 1957, Chita was cast in the role which was destined to make her a Broadway star.
Whiffs (1975). Besides her ballet instructors, Chita considers that she learned a lot from Leonard Bernstein and especially from Gwen Verdon, with whom she participated in the Broadway production of Chicago. The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975). Wonderful with Sammy Davis Jr. Gente di rispetto (1975). In 1952, when Chita was 17 years old, she accompanied a friend to the audition for a Broadway production of Call Me Madam and ended up with the role. She followed this by landing roles in other Broadway productions, such as Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. L'innocente (1976). Among her teachers were Edward Villella, Allegra Kent and Maria Tallchief.
Call Girl (1976). Chita was accepted and given a scholarship by George Balanchine to attend The American School of Ballet. 7 Note in Nero (1977). Jones told Chita to be herself and to not worry about the other girls who were auditioning. Caravans (1978). Chita was acompanied to the audition by Doris Jones, one of the people who ran the Jones-Hayward School. A Force of One (1979). When Chita was 15, a teacher from George Balanchine's School of American Ballet visited their studio and Chita was one of two students picked to audition in New York City.
Steel (1980). In 1944, when Chita was 11 years old, her mother enrolled her in the Jones-Hayward School of Ballet. Cloud Dancer (1980). Chita's mother went to work for the Pentagon when Chita was seven years old and her father passed away (Chita's mother passed away in 1983). Scanners (1981). Her father played clarinet and saxophone for the Navy band. I love NY (1988). Both her parents were from Puerto Rico.
Committed (1988). Chita Rivera (born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero on January 23, 1933 in Washington, D.C.) is a Puerto Rican-American Broadway actress and the first Hispanic woman to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award. Discretion assured (1993). Love is Like That (1996). The Corporate Ladder (1997).
The Ride (1997). The Prince and the Surfer (1999). Time Changer (2002).