Actress Naya Rivera, who died on a boat trip with her young son on a lake in California, was one of the stars of the hit teen television series Glee.
Rivera, 33, began her career at the age of four in the royal family sitcom on CBS.
But she became best known for playing the cold heart of Glee’s Santana Lopez during the six seasons of the musical, which ran from 2009 to 2015 on the Fox network.
Rivera (third from right) appeared alongside co-stars including (left-right) Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Heather Morris and Dianna Agron.
The show quickly gained a huge fan base. Viewers followed the lives of the McKinley High School glee club members and their memorable musical performances.
Rivera’s character dated and then married his best friend Brittany, played by Morris. She joined other Glee actors Kevin McHale, Morris and Josh Sussman at the 2010 Emmy Awards nominee party (photo).
Rivera, third from right, joined his co-stars at the Golden Globes in 2011, where Glee won the best comedy or music television series for the second year in a row. The show has won a number of other Globes and Emmy Awards and featured guest spots from Britney Spears, Gwyneth Paltrow and Neil Patrick Harris.
Rivera and Riley performed Glee’s 300th musical performance in 2011.
Glee made world celebrities out of its cast. Rivera is photographed at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012, where they were nominated for an exceptional performance by an ensemble in a comic series.
In the same year, she won two trophies at the Alma (American Latino Media Arts) Awards – for the favorite musician and favorite TV comedy actress.
In 2014, Rivera starred in the horror film At the Devil’s Door and married colleague Ryan Dorsey, the father of their son Josey. The couple divorced in 2018.
In 2016, Rivera published a book called Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up, which urged young women to pursue their dreams and refuse to let mistakes define them.
Rivera and Josey Hollis Dorsey were photographed at the 2019 premiere of the Lego 2 movie.
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