Marquita Rivera was born on May 18, 1922 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Marquita was at an early age when her family moved to New York City where her musical talents soon blossomed. One outstanding moment in her life was that at the age of sixteen, Marquita was chosen to dance before Britain’s King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, during their visit to the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Singer, actress, castanet player, flamenco dancer - all of these facets and more made up the lovely and talented “Latin Hurricane” Marquita Rivera, a pioneering musical performer in her time and a legend in ours.
Rivera is considered an historic actress and entertainer that had planted the flag of Puerto Rico as a dancer on Broadway, as an actress in Mexico, and as the first actress from Puerto Rico to appear in a major Hollywood motion picture.
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