Marika Rivera

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Marika Rivera
Born(1919-11-13)November 13, 1919
Paris, France
DiedJanuary 14, 2010(2010-01-14) (aged 90)
Charlton Down, England
Spouse(s)Jean Paul Brusset (m.1938–1945?)
Rodney Phillips (m.1949–1957?)
Children2 sons (Jean, David)

Marika Rivera (November 13, 1919 – January 14, 2010)[1] was a French-born film and stage actress and dancer.[2][3]


Rivera was born in Paris, France, the daughter of the Mexican artist Diego Rivera and his mistress, the Russian-born painter Marie Vorobieff-Stebelska ("Marevna").[4] Rivera, who was married to Angelina Beloff at the time, did not accept his daughter, so she grew up under the care of her mother. Rivera participated in dancing and acting classes from an early age; from the age of 3 she was taught dancing by Isadora Duncan,[1] she started performing as a dancer at age 5.[1]

In 1938 Rivera married the painter Jean Paul Brusset, and gave birth to their son Jean Brusset. Later she was married to Rodney Phillips, who was the owner of the Athelhampton House, Dorset, from 1949 to 1957. In Dorset she bore her second son David Phillips in 1949. David is the father of actor Jon Paul Phillips. After her second divorce she lived in Ealing in Greater London, England.

Rivera died on January 14, 2010 at age 90, survived by her two sons.[4]

Rivera's film credits included roles in Darling (1965), The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968), Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Percy's Progress (1974), Fellini's Casanova (1976), Voyage of the Damned (1976), Hussy (1980), The Supergrass (1985), Hôtel du Paradis (1986) and Eat the Rich (1987).


Year Title Role Notes
1965 Darling Woman
1968 The Girl on a Motorcycle German Waitress
1971 Fiddler on the Roof Rifka
1974 Percy's Progress Madame Lopez
1976 Fellini's Casanova Astrodi Uncredited
1976 Voyage of the Damned Madame in Bordello
1976 Hussy French Singer
1985 The Supergrass Bed and Breakfast Landlady
1986 Hôtel du Paradis Marika
1987 Eat the Rich Marika
1987 Vincent (final film role)


  1. ^ a b c "Marika Rivera, Obituary". Telegraph. 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  2. ^ Barr, Robert (3 February 2010). "Marika Rivera, daughter of artist Diego Rivera; 90". The Boston Globe. Associated Press. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  3. ^ Barr, Robert (2010). "Marika Rivera, Daughter of Artist Diego Rivera, Dies in England". Art Daily. Associated Press. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  4. ^ a b Mistry, Elizabeth (2010-03-14). "Marika Rivera obituary". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-07-11.

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