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Chita Rivera to Receive Actors Fund Lifetime Achievement Award; Dick Van Dyke to Host Tony Awards Benefit in LA

Chita Rivera and Dick Van Dyke
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The Actors Fund will honor Chita Rivera with the Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement at its 13th Annual Tony Awards Party, at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles on June 7 beginning at 3:30 pm. Dick Van Dyke will host.

Marc Cherry, creator/producer of Desperate Housewives and David Rambo, producer/writer of CSI, will produce and write this event. The gala will feature the only live feed in Los Angeles of the Tony Awards as they happen in New York, as well as cocktails, dinner, and a silent auction.

Rivera won Tony Awards for The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Her many other Broadway shows also include Bye Bye Birdie, Bajour, Merlin, Bring Back Birdie, Nine, and her autobiographical musical Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life.

Tickets start at $225. For more information, or to purchase, call 323-933-9266 ext. 54 or visit