Lois Smith

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About Lois Smith

Stage and screen actress who earned Tony Award nominations for her roles in the Broadway productions of Buried Child and The Grapes of Wrath. Her leading role in The Trip to Bountiful won her a 2006 Drama Desk Award.

Early life

She had her first on-camera experience in the 1955 film East of Eden.

Trivia

She appeared as a character named Adele Stackhouse on the hit HBO series True Blood.

Family of Lois Smith

Her marriage to Wesley Dale Smith lasted more than twenty years.

Close associates of Lois Smith

She was a frequent guest star on such television shows as Desperate Housewives, which starred Teri Hatcher, One Life to Live and ER.

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Carol Lawrence

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About Carol Lawrence

Musical theater actress who played Maria in the original Broadway production of West Side Story. She also appeared in Kiss of the Spider Woman and I Do! I Do!

Early life

She first appeared on Broadway in 1952. Just five years later, she earned a Tony nomination for her role as Maria in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.

Trivia

She appeared in such television series as Saved by the Bell, Rawhide, Sex and the City, and General Hospital.

Family of Carol Lawrence

She acted opposite her second husband, Robert Goulet, in a production of the musical Camelot.

Close associates of Carol Lawrence

She starred opposite Larry Kert in West Side Story.

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Chita Rivera

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About Chita Rivera

Acclaimed musical theater actress, dancer, and singer who starred in such Broadway musicals as Sweet Charity, West Side Story, The Rink, and Chicago.

Early life

She began training as a ballet dancer when she was eleven years old. Her early Broadway credits include roles in Guys and Dolls and Call Me Madam.

Trivia

She was the first Hispanic woman to be chosen as a Kennedy Center Honors recipient.

Family of Chita Rivera

She was born in Washington, D.C. to a family of Puerto Rican, Scottish, and Italian descent. Her father, Pedro Julio Figueroa del Rivero, was once a member of the United States Navy Band.

Close associates of Chita Rivera

She and fellow Latina performer Rita Moreno both played the role of Anita in West Side Story. Rivera starred in the Broadway production of the musical, while Moreno played the role in the film version.

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Rita Moreno

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About Rita Moreno

Acclaimed Puerto Rican singer and actress who famously played Anita in the film version of West Side Story; she’d return for the film’s 2020 remake in the role of Valentina. In 2017, she began starring in Netflix’s One Day at a Time. Her Broadway credits include Gentry, The Ritz, and The Last of the Red Hot Lovers.

Early life

Beginning at age eleven, she worked as a Spanish-language dubber of American movies.

Trivia

She was the first Hispanic performer to win all four major performing arts awards: the Oscar, the Emmy, the Tony, and the Grammy.

Family of Rita Moreno

She dated actor Marlon Brando for eight years. She married her manager Leonard Gordon in June of 1965; they were married until his death in 2010.

Close associates of Rita Moreno

She and Denise Nickerson both appeared on The Electric Company, a popular PBS children’s series that aired in the 1970s.

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Daphne Rubin-Vega

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About Daphne Rubin-Vega

Stage and screen actress who played Mimi in the original Broadway cast of Rent and Lucy in the Off-Broadway production of Jack Goes Boating.

Early life

She began her career as the lead singer for a Latin group known as Pajama Party.

Trivia

In 2008, she had a small part in the Sex and the City movie.

Family of Daphne Rubin-Vega

Her mother was a nurse and her father was a carpenter. She was born in Panama City, Panama.

Close associates of Daphne Rubin-Vega

She appeared in Wild Things, a film that also featured Kevin Bacon.

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Gabriella Pizzolo

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About Gabriella Pizzolo

Musical theatre prodigy who rocketed to fame first appearing on Broadway in the acclaimed musical Matilda. She then went on to appear on Broadway’s Fun Home. In 2019, she joined season three of Netflix’s Stranger Things as Suzie.

Early life

Before earning her Broadway debut, she appeared in several regional productions of plays like Les Misérables, Ragtime, and Miracle on 34th Street starting at the age of seven.

Trivia

Other stage productions she has appeared in include Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Sound of Music.

Family of Gabriella Pizzolo

She was born and raised in upstate New York with her younger sister Gillian. Her mother is a teacher and has homeschooled her.

Close associates of Gabriella Pizzolo

She understudied for Tony nominee Sydney Lucas in Fun Home before taking on the role of Small Alison herself.

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