Rivera, Chita. (b. 1933) [Porter, Cole. (1891–1964)]
Signed Photograph in "Can-Can"
Signed photograph of the American actress, dancer, and singer in costume for the 1988 touring production of Cole Porter's Can-Can. Rivera has inscribed along the crinoline of her dress "To Paul / Love / Chita Rivera." A press release for a week of performances at the Wang Center in Boston is affixed to verso. Very fine. 8 x 10 inches (20.7 x 25.4 cm.).
Rivera's performance in Can-Can came a year and a half after breaking her leg in 12 places in a New York City car accident. It took two metal plates and twelve screws to put her leg back together again.
From the collection of Paul McMahon, a critic, photographer and artist who worked for more than 13 years touring with Marlene Dietrich as the icon’s stage manager, announcer, dresser, secretary and escort, and later spent 25 years as an arts and entertainment reviewer and photographer with Gay Community News, Esplanade, Tommy’s Connection, The Mirror, Bay Windows and other publications.