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BY JOHN CROOK Tony honoree Chita Rivera: 'I'm made up of all those people I worked with' Chita Rivera is a true Broadway icon, but earlier in her career, she was shaping up to be the Susan Lucci of the Tony Awards. She went home empty-handed with her first four nominations, a record so disheartening good friends John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote her a novelty song. It was called – what else? – ''Losing." She had to drop that song from her repertoire, though, when she won the 1984 Tony for Kander and Ebb's "The Rink," followed by another for the same team's "Kiss of the Spider Woman" in 1993. On Sunday, June 10, during CBS' live telecast of "The 72nd Annual Tony Awards," Rivera – along with British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber – will receive a special Tony Award for lifetime achievement in the theater. Even for Rivera, whose long list of accolades include the Kennedy Center Honors and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, this latest award is humbling, she says. "It kind of makes me feel as if God is tapping me on the shoulder and saying, 'You did good, kid,' " the actress says. "It's a reminder of the many wonderful years and the shows and the many amazing people I've learned from. I feel as if I'm made up of all those people I've worked with: the Jerome Robbinses and the Michael Kidds and the Jack Coles, all the people who helped me paint my painting." At 85, Rivera shows no signs of slowing down. As recently as 2015, she picked up her 10th Tony nomination for the Broadway musical "The Visit," a record she shares with the late Julie Harris. She says she's still ready and eager for that eight-performances-a-week grind. "Oh, my God, yes!" she says. "It only keeps you healthier. The more you keep that brain working, the more you keep your body moving, the happier your whole universe will be. I truly believe that. ... You should still be contributing, to be telling those stories. That contact with the human race is an extraordinary thing." Well, usually, at least. The fan mania for selfies occasionally can be a nuisance, she acknowledges. "Occasionally it can get a little intrusive, but it's also up to you to set the stage for how you want it to be," Rivera says. "I hate that selfie thing, to be honest. I much prefer just to talk to people, but it's all right with me, as long as they ask first if it's OK for them to take a picture." She expects to be in a reflective mood on this Tony night, she adds. "This is a business that I am grateful I was allowed in," she says. "I don't know what else I would have done, I love the theater so much. If I came back, if there was such a thing as reincarnation, I'd still choose the theater over any other profession." Chita Rivera gets a special award during "The 72nd Annual Tony Awards" Sunday on CBS. June 9 - 15, 2018 2 JOHNSON CITY (TN) PRESS cover story this week Cable Conversion Guide Charter Comcast Charter Mt. City Direct TV Dish Net- work 2 WETP – PBS 2 2 2 – – 4 WCYP– DT2 – CW 4 11 4 6 28 5 WCYB – NBC 5 5 5 5 5 11 WJHL – CBS 11 6 11 11 11 19 WKPT – MyTV 6 9 9 19 19 30 WAPK – MyTV 182 232 182 36 36 39 WEMT – FOX 10 7 10 39 39 68 WLFG – IND 8 3 8 68 68 A&E Arts & Ent. 46 35 46 265 118 AMC Am. Movie Classics 58 47 58 254 131 ANPL Animal Planet 52 53 52 282 184 BET Black Ent. 60 38 60 329 124 CMT Country Music TV 68 41 68 327 166 CNBC CNBC 39 31 39 355 208 CNN CNN 41 28 41 202 200 COMC Comedy Central 65 49 65 249 107 CSPAN CSPAN 19 19 19 350 210 DISC Discovery 47 26 47 278 182 DISN Disney Channel 54 136 54 290 172 E! E! Ent. News 23 33 23 236 114 ESPN ESPN 31 13 31 206 140 ESPN2 ESPN2 32 42 32 209 143 FNC Fox News Channel 43 32 43 360 205 FOOD Food Network 50 70 50 231 110 FREE Freeform 53 36 53 311 180 FSS Fox Sports South 33 – 33 676 416 FX FX 30 51 30 248 136 GOLF Golf Channel 35 30 35 218 401 HALL Hallmark Channel 89 137 89 312 185 HGTV Home & Garden TV 51 40 51 229 112 HIST History Channel 44 126 44 269 120 HLN Headline News 42 29 42 204 202 LIFE Lifetime 25 54 25 252 108 MSNBC MSNBC 40 185 40 356 209 MTV Music Television 66 52 66 331 160 NICK Nickelodeon 55 56 55 299 170 OXY Oxygen 61 123 61 251 127 PARMT Paramount Network 64 24 64 241 241 QVC QVC 13 12 13 275 137 SYFY Syfy 63 50 63 244 122 TBS WTBS – Superchannel 27 25 27 247 139 TCM Turner Classic Movies 59 – 59 256 132 TLC The Learning Channel 26 39 26 280 183 TNT Turner Network TV 28 27 28 245 138 TOON Cartoon Network 56 60 56 296 176 TRAVEL Travel Channel 49 260 49 277 196 TRUTV Tru TV 45 54 45 246 242 TVLAND TV Land 57 34 57 304 106 USA USA Network 29 37 29 242 105 VH1 Video Hits 1 67 46 67 335 162 WGNA WGN America 18 8 18 307 239 HBO Home Box Office 501 302 501 501 300 MAX Cinemax 549 320 549 515 310 SHOW Showtime 561 340 561 545 318 TMC The Movie Channel 598 350 598 553 327 STZENC Starz Encore 644 150 644 535 340

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