Chita Rivera's Notable Television Appearances


Chita on the cover the Chicago Sun-Times TV supplement in 1966, promoting her
New Year's Eve special.

Chita's television appearances are too numerous to list and in some instances, impossible to track down. Here is a selection of highlights:

Starring Roles
The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971) - Connie Richardson (1973-1974). For its third season, The New Dick Van Dyke Show moved from Arizona, where Van Dyke (as Dick Preston) had played the host of a local television show, to Hollywood. Chita joined the cast as Van Dyke's neighbor, Connie Richardson. Richard Dawson played her husband, Richard Richardson. The late Hope Lange played Van Dyke's wife, Jenny.

Notable Guest Starring Performances
Johnny and the Sprites as the Queen of All Magical Beings, 2008.

The Kennedy Center Honors, tribute to Carol Burnett (2003)

Broadway's Lost Treasures (2003) (also archival footage

The 57th Annual Tony Awards, Nominee 'Nine' (2003)

Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003)

The Kennedy Center Honors, Honoree (2002)

Liza Minnelli: The E! True Hollywood Story

My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs (2001)

The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, Tribute to Kander & Ebb(1998)

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center Opening, (1998)

The Music of Kander and Ebb: Razzle Dazzle, (1997) archive footage

The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, tribute to Harold Prince(1994)

The 41st Annual Tony Awards, (1987)

He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (1983)

Broadway Plays Washington (1982)

Biography (1987) in episode: "Sammy Davis Jr.: Mr. Entertainment" 6 January 1999 George Burns Special (1976)

The Carol Burnett Show - with Chita Rivera and Bob Newhart (1971)

That's Life (1968) - Guest - Show 21 (1969)

The Carol Burnett Show - with Vince Edwards and Chita Rivera (1969)

The Hollywood Palace - Guest - Host: Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca / Bee Gees (1968)

The Hollywood Palace - Guest - Host: Robert Goulet / Nancy Sinatra (1966)

The Hollywood Palace - Guest - Host: Judy Garland / Vic Damone (1965)

The Outer Limits (1963) playing "Mrs. Dame" in episode: "The Bellero Shield" (episode # 1.20) 10 February 1964

The Judy Garland Show, (1963) (episode # 1.17) 9 January 1964

The Ed Sullivan Show - Guest - Rudy Vallee / Paul Anka / Chita Rivera / Peter Nero (1962)

The Ed Sullivan Show - Guest - Dick Van Dyke / Chita Rivera / Shirley Bassey (1960)

The Ed Sullivan Show - scheduled guest - scheduled: Count Basie; Joe Williams; Chita Rivera (1960)

Max Liebman Presents - Guest - The Maurice Chevalier Special (1956)

Television Movies
Mayflower Madam (1987) Risa Dickstein
Pippin: His Life and Times (1981) Fastrada
Once Upon a Brothers Grimm (1977) Witch
The Marcus-Nelson Murders, (1973) a Kojak movie with Chita as Josie Hopper


Chita and Vince Edwards with Carol Burnett on the Carol Burnett Show, Feburary 1969.

The back of "The Hollywood Reporter" on September 10, 1973 in which CBS welcomes the cast of "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" featuring Chita and Hope Lange.



Chita dancing with Dancing Bear on the long-running children's program, "Captain Kangaroo,"
aired January 27, 1976.
Ron Field choreographed the number.


Chita and the cast of Pippin, 1981


On "The Judy Garland Show," 1963