Naya Rivera (1987–2020)


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Naya Rivera was born on January 12, 1987 in Valencia, California, USA as Naya Marie Rivera. She was an actress, known for Glee (2009), The Royal Family (1991) and The Master of Disguise (2002). She was married to Ryan Dorsey. She died on July 8, 2020 in Ventura, California. See full bio »

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(age 33) in Ventura, California, USA

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Glee Santana Lopez / Artie Abrams
(2009-2015)
The Royal Family Hillary Winston
(1991-1992)
The Master of Disguise Captain America Kid
(2002)
(2013)

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 2018-2019 Step Up: High Water (TV Series)
Collette Jones
- Hip-Hopera (2019) ... Collette Jones
- Improvisation (2019) ... Collette Jones
- Azonto (2019) ... Collette Jones
- Attitude (2019) ... Collette Jones
- Isolations (2019) ... Collette Jones
 2017 Mad Families
Felipa
 2016 American Dad! (TV Series)
Lolo Fuentes
- The Unincludeds (2016) ... Lolo Fuentes (voice)
 2015 Devious Maids (TV Series)
Blanca Alvarez
- The Turning Point (2015) ... Blanca Alvarez
- The Awful Truth (2015) ... Blanca Alvarez
- From Here to Eternity (2015) ... Blanca Alvarez
- Awakenings (2015) ... Blanca Alvarez
 2009-2015 Glee (TV Series)
Santana Lopez / Artie Abrams
- Dreams Come True (2015) ... Santana Lopez
- A Wedding (2015) ... Santana Lopez
- What the World Needs Now (2015) ... Santana Lopez
- Jagged Little Tapestry (2015) ... Santana Lopez
- Homecoming (2015) ... Santana Lopez
 2014/VI At the Devil's Door
Vera
 2013 The Naughty List (Video)
Sparkle (voice)
 2009 Glee: Director's Cut Pilot Episode (TV Movie)
Santana Lopez
 2009 Frankenhood
Hottie (as Naya Maria Rivera)
 2008 CSI: Miami (TV Series)
Rachel Calvado
- Power Trip (2008) ... Rachel Calvado
 2008 Girlfriends (TV Series)
Karin
- Stand and Deliver (2008) ... Karin (as Naya Marie Rivera)
 2002-2006 The Bernie Mac Show (TV Series)
Donna
- What Would Jason Do? (2006) ... Donna
- Fantasy Football (2006) ... Donna
- Car Wars (2005) ... Donna
- The Big Payback (2005) ... Donna
 2004 8 Simple Rules (TV Series)
Nice Girl
- Halloween (2004) ... Nice Girl
 2003 Soul Food (TV Series)
Lauryn
- Nobody's Child (2003) ... Lauryn
- Truth's Consequences (2003) ... Lauryn
 2002 The Master of Disguise
Captain America Kid
 2002 Even Stevens (TV Series)
Charlene
- Short Story (2002) ... Charlene
 2002 House Blend (TV Short)
Chloe (uncredited)
 1999 The Jersey (TV Series)
Girl #2
- Be True to You (1999) ... Girl #2
 1997-1999 Smart Guy (TV Series)
Kelly / Tanya
- Never Too Young (1999) ... Kelly
- Baby, It's You and You and You (1997) ... Tanya
 1996 Baywatch (TV Series)
Willa
- Scorcher (1996) ... Willa
 1995 Live Shot (TV Series)
Ann
- Another Day, Another Story (1995) ... Ann
 1993 The Sinbad Show (TV Series)
Party Guest
- It's My Party, I'll Cry If I Want To (1993) ... Party Guest
 1992-1993 Family Matters (TV Series)
Gwendolyn
- Mama's Wedding (1993) ... Gwendolyn
- Heart Strings (1993) ... Gwendolyn
- Just One Date (1992) ... Gwendolyn
 1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Cindy
- Bundle of Joy (1993) ... Cindy
 1991-1992 The Royal Family (TV Series)
Hillary Winston
- The Big Stink (1992) ... Hillary Winston
- Cocoa in Charge (1992) ... Hillary Winston
- Mo' Money (1992) ... Hillary Winston
- The Fame Game (1992) ... Hillary Winston
- Hello, I Must Be Going (1992) ... Hillary Winston
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Keila") in Mark E. Swinton's "U Don't Know Me: The Musical", Los Angeles, CA. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 1 Article | 4 Pictorials | 8 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

The Cast of Glee | Naya Rivera Dorsey | Naya Maria Rivera | Naya Marie Rivera

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on being a lesbian sex symbol] Its kind of cool - and it makes me feel like a badass. I get more girls than my boyfriend [Big Sean]. They always tweet me about my booty. See more »

Trivia:

Died by drowning on 8 July of 2020 after renting a pontoon boat on Lake Piru (Ventura County, California), with her four-year-old son Josey. The child, who had a life preserver on, reported she went for a short swim but never came back. See more »

Trademark:

The "Naya" dance See more »

Nickname:

The Veiled Fairy See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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