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Naya Rivera was a famous American singer, model, actress, and celebrity personality. Naya Rivera had gained fame for the portrayal of Santana Lopez in the television series ‘Glee’. Likewise, the television sensation had gained a huge fan following on social media as well.

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Early Life

Naya Rivera was born in the year 1987 and celebrated her birthday on the 12th of January every year. The actress was born in Santa Clarita, California, USA. In addition, she belonged to American nationality and was born under the star sign Capricorn.

Moving on towards the family background of the celebrity actress, she was born to Yolanda Previtire and George Rivera. Likewise, her mother was a former model and real estate agent. Her father worked in various IT jobs at Disney and Universal music. When it comes to siblings, she has a younger brother named Mychal Rivera and a younger sister named Nickayla Rivera.

Rivera began being represented by the same talent agency that represented her model mother when she was just nine months old. As a newborn, she started starring in Kmart ads.


Reflecting upon her educational background, she went on to attend a local high school named Valencia High School. Likewise, she graduated from high school. After her high school graduation, she started to focus on her career as a model and actress.

Career and Professional Life

Naya Rivera happens to be a former American model and actress. Likewise, she landed the role of Hillary Winston in the sitcom ‘The Royal Family’ when she was four years old. Despite great ratings and positive reviews when it premiered, the show was abruptly ended due to the death of actor Redd Foxx.
The actress appeared in a number of prominent television shows between 1992 and 2002, including ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ ‘Family Matters,’ ‘Live Shot,’ ‘Baywatch,’ ‘Smart Guy,’ ‘Jersey,’ ‘House Blend,’ ‘Even Stevens,’ and ‘The Master of Disguise.’ She then made an appearance in the music video for B2″Why K’s I Love You” in 2002.


Caption: Naya posing during one of her photoshoots(Source: Instagram)

The actress’s career took off in 2009 when she received her big break. On Fox’s musical comedy ‘Glee,’ she plays Santana Lopez, a high school cheerleader. In addition, she drew inspiration for her performance in ‘Glee’ from her own high school experience. Santana’s persona of a cruel, headstrong ‘bad’ girl initially appeared in the final nine episodes of the first season of ‘Glee.’ Her outstanding performance as the character won her a regular role in the second season. Rivera, a dynamic performer, depicted her lesbian character to perfection, receiving praise from critics and the crowd alike.

The actress secured a deal with Columbia Records in May 2011 to make a solo album. Rivera released her debut single, ‘Sorry,’ in September 2013, which featured rapper Big Sean. The single didn’t do well in the charts. Her passion was not dampened by an unsuccessful musical attempt. Instead, with her breakthrough feature picture ‘At the Devil’s Door,’ she made a strong comeback on the big screen. For the third season of Lifetime’s drama series ‘Devious Maids,’ Rivera played Blanca Alvarez, a recurring character.

Net worth

When it comes to the net worth of the celebrity actress, she had certainly bagged a hefty deal of wealth throughout her career. Likewise, she had earned a majority of her wealth through her acting career. At the time of her death, she had a net worth of $5 million.

Relationship status

Naya has had quite a bit of dating history. Likewise, she dated artist, Big Sean. She had also dated Ryan Dorsey. The pair also got married on July 19, 2014. They also have a son named Josey Hollis Dorsey. In addition, the pair divorced each other in the year 2016.


Rivera was confirmed missing on July 8, 2020, after her four-year-old son, Josey, was discovered alone in Rivera’s leased boat in Lake Piru. When the search started in the morning on July 13, it was announced that a body had been discovered by divers in Lake Piru, the body was later verified to be Rivera’s at a press conference later that day.

Body measurements and Social media

Talking of her body measurements, she stood tall at 5 feet 5 inches and weighs over 57 kg. In addition, she had a curvy body. She also had a pair of black hair and a pair of brown eyes.

The actress had a huge fan following as well. Likewise, she has over  2.8m followers on her Instagram and over 1.8 million followers on her Twitter account. She often posted pictures of her son and herself.

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