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Naya Rivera’s best moments: From ‘Glee’ to 29-year career highlights

“Glee” actress Naya Rivera, 33, has been confirmed useless after going lacking July eight throughout a Southern California boating journey together with her 4-year-old son, Josey, with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, 36. She’s survived by her brother Mychal Rivera, 29, a former NFL tight finish, her mannequin sister Nickayla Rivera, 26, and her dad and mom.

Within the wake of this tragedy, listed below are a few of Rivera’s career highlights and best moments on “Glee,” the place she’s remembered for her stunning singing voice and for pioneering an iconic LGBTQ character.

“The Royal Household”

On the tender age of 4, Rivera was already a rising star, enjoying Hillary Winston on CBS sitcom “The Royal Household.” She obtained a Younger Artist Award for the function. In 1991, whereas on that set, she witnessed star Redd Foxx undergo a deadly coronary heart assault at 68.

“The Bernie Mac Present”

Between 1992 and 2002, Rivera had small episodic roles on exhibits akin to “The Recent Prince of Bel-Air” (she was within the 1993 episode “Bundle of Pleasure,”) “Household Issues,” “Baywatch,” “Sensible Man” and “Even Stevens.” In 2002, she gained her greatest recurring function but enjoying Donna on “The Bernie Mac Present” (from 2002-2006). Star Bernie Mac would later die of problems from phenomena in 2008, at 50.

Throughout her stint enjoying Donna, Rivera additionally appeared on “eight Easy Guidelines,” (within the 2004 episode “Halloween”) a yr after star John Ritter fell sick on the set and died of a congenital coronary heart defect.


From 2009-2015, Rivera had her breakout function enjoying Santana Lopez. This led to her releasing “Sorry,” a single in 2013 that includes her then-fiancé, Large Sean.

On “Glee,” Santana began as an antagonist, a mean-girl cheerleader spying on the glee membership for Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch). She dates Puck (Mark Salling, who died tragically in 2018 by suicide) and Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith, who additionally died tragically in 2013 of drug-related causes).

Santana quickly turned a extra advanced character as she realized that she was a lesbian with emotions for her best buddy, Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris), main to their eventual marriage ceremony in Season 6.

“Not afraid to lower a b–ch”

Apart from her singing, the scene through which Santana comes out is a specific stand-out, the place she candidly tells the cheerleaders that she’s homosexual. “It’s who I’m … it doesn’t doesn’t change the truth that I’m a natural-born chief and I’m not afraid to lower a b - - ch,” she says.

“River Deep, Mountain Excessive”

No phrases.


As Santana begins to come to phrases together with her emotions for Brittany, Rivera did a lovely rendition of “Landslide” with visitor star Gwyneth Paltrow.

Her Adele medley

Rivera obtained the prospect to exhibit her powerhouse singing chops doing a medley of Adele songs, together with “Rumor Has It” and “Somebody Like You.”

“If I Die Younger”

Now additional tragic looking back, Rivera did an emotional rendition of the Band Perry music in 2015, as a tribute to co-star Cory Monteith.

The Demi Lovato duet

Rivera did a duet of The Beatles’ hit “Right here Comes the Solar” with Demi Lovato, who guest-starred as one in all Santana’s love pursuits in Season 5.

“Easy Felony”

Rivera confirmed off her flawless stage presence on this rendition of the basic Michael Jackson music.


Rivera did a haunting and emotional rendition of “Valerie,” from one other icon gone too quickly, Amy Winehouse.

Within the years since “Glee,” her greatest function was enjoying Collette Jones on the YouTube/ Starz present “Step Up: Excessive Water,” primarily based on the Channing Tatum film franchise of the identical title.

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