Pioneer PR performer Rivera honored
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.