Chita Rivera

  1. Lainie Kazan, Lust in  the Dust, 1985.  As Tab Hunter’s long simmering Western send-up  began to take off, he wanted Shirley MacLaine to be  Margurita Ventura,  the sister of drag queen Divine (Harris Glenn Milstead). “That,” Tab said, “proved impossible.”  Next stops: Chita (Broadway’s 1957 Anita in West Side Story) and Shelley Winters.  When Lainie (a 1961 Broadway star) agreed, Tab gushed: “Not since Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas had there been such perfect casting of siblings.”

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