Marika Rivera

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Marika Rivera
Born (1919-11-13)November 13, 1919
Died January 14, 2010(2010-01-14) (aged 90)
Charlton Down, England
Spouse(s) Jean Paul Brusset (m.1938–1945?)
Rodney Phillips (m.1949–1957?)
Children 2 sons (Jean, David)

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


She was born in Paris, the non-marital 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. Marika Rivera participated in dancing and acting classes and starting early, 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 she married the painter Jean Paul Brusset, and gave birth to their son Jean Brusset. Later she married Rodney Philipps, who was the owner of the Athelhampton House, Dorset, from 1949 to 1957. In Dorset she bore her second son David Philipps in 1949. David is the father of actor Jon Paul Phillips. Since her second divorce she had lived in Ealing in Greater London, England.

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

Her 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).


  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.

External links

  • Marika Rivera on IMDb
  • Marika Rivera - Daily Telegraph obituary
  • CBC News: Dancer, actress daughter of artist Diego Rivera dies
  • Rivera, Marika (11 October 1996). "Phillips, Marika Rivera (Oral History)". Imperial War Museums. Retrieved 19 July 2017.

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