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Pioneer PR performer Rivera honored

By CB Online Staff

The late Marquita Rivera, a Puerto Rican pioneer on Broadway and in Hollywood, was honored during an activity at the island Capitol on Thursday.

The ceremony, attended by two of Rivera’s seven children, included the unveiling of a portrait of the multi-talented entertainer. The painting, by local artist Juan Cuebas, takes its title from one of Rivera’s nicknames, “Reina de Conga.”

The activity included films of Rivera, a successful actor, singer and dancer. The Fajardo-born, New York-raised entertainer studied dance and flamenco at an early age and was a childhood friend of bandleader Tito Puente.

Rivera toured the country as a dancer and produced her own shows on Broadway. She also had a successful acting career in Mexico before taking her talents to Hollywood, where she made her American movie debut as lead singer and specialty performer in the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby-Dorothy Lamour comedy “The Road to Rio” in 1947.

Rivera went on to enjoy a long and well-acclaimed career in the states and Puerto Rico. She died in 2002.

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