Cathy Rigby
American gymnast
Cathy Rigby
Cathleen Roxanne Rigby, best known as Cathy Rigby, is a speaker, actress and former gymnast.
Biography
Cathy Rigby's personal information overview.
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Cathy Rigby sued by composer over 'Peter Pan' musical
LATimes - over 3 years
Cathy Rigby, the former Olympic gymnast turned stage actress, is being sued for millions of dollars by a composer who claims that he hasn't been properly paid for his work on a production of "Peter Pan" that her company presented at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in 2004 and on a national tour.
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Theater review: 'Peter Pan' soars at moments, loses its way at others
LATimes - about 4 years
Cathy Rigby channels her inner child triumphantly as always in the musical's title role in a restaging at the Pantages. The production is uneven, albeit still charming. Any show created by or with the late Jerome Robbins invariably retains its magic through decades of restagings. The scruffy-looking but endearing production of "Peter Pan" that opened Tuesday at the Pantages Theatre for a two-week run is no exception.
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Charles Karel Bouley: Rigby and Peter Pan at Pantages: Both Refusing to Grow Up
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan. At 60, she flies across the stage with as much zeal as she did when she first played the role 39 years ago in a 1974 theatre-in-the-round production fresh from retiring from a historic gymnastic career. She won a silver medal on the balance beam in the 1970 Olympics and was the first American woman to win a medal at the World Gymnastics Championships. She is currently starring again as the boy who won't grow up, Peter Pan, at the Pantages Theatre January 15-January 27. So how did she go from the balance beam to flying across the stage? Photo: Michael Lamont "Nowadays, everyone knows what they want to be when they grow up. I knew I wanted to get married, and have kids, and I did that, but I didn't know after gymnastics what I wanted to be. People offered me bit parts in TV sitcoms and commercials, and I knew this was something I could do. I began to study acting and theatre, and then the role came along. I've been flying ever since," she told m ...
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As Peter Pan, Cathy Rigby is soaring at 60
LATimes - about 4 years
The former Olympian is playing her signature role again in a tour that will stop at the Pantages Theatre this month. Cathy Rigby flies across the Pantages Theatre stage from Jan. 15 through 27 in J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan," reprising her signature role, which earned her a 1991 Tony nomination. At age 60, the San Diego native still fits into the costume she wore for her 1974 debut as the boy who never grows up; theater producers had recruited her to parlay her fame as an Olympic gymnast into box-office gold.
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Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan and other wordlessness
Houston Chronicle - about 4 years
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Rigby to star in Houston stage production of 'Peter Pan' in December
Houston Chronicle - over 4 years
Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby will come to the Theatre Under The Stars stage to star in "Peter Pan" from Tuesday, Dec. 11 through Sunday, Dec. 23 at the Hobby...
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Broadway in Chicago: A horse, a diva and a gymnast sell their wares
Chicago Times - over 4 years
Savvy longtime stars like Cathy Rigby know how to confront perception problems head-on. After belting out a number from "Peter Pan" for the umpteenth time, the diminutive celebrity didn't exit the stage of the Pritzker Pavilion Monday night, but instead made a beeline for the emcee of the evening, TV personality Janet Davies. "You think I'm old," Rigby said to the slightly startled host. "Look." And with that, Rigby started doing headstands and flips, as if she were still a member of the American Olympic gymnastics team. If Gabby Douglas can still do what Rigby can do when she's 60, she'll be trending very nicely.
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Culture notes: Cathy Rigby will fly into Fox to open TOTS season; dreamy vampire turns 111 on Wednesday
ajc - over 4 years
THEATER Rigby flies again Peter Pan may be the boy who refuses to age, but Cathy Rigby is right there with him. At 59, the stage actress and former Olympic gymnast will take flight in a new production of the show that will open Theater of the Stars’ 60th season, Aug. 7-12 at the Fox Theatre, it was announced Tuesday. Rigby garnered a best actress Tony nomination for Pan way back in 1991. Tickets, $25-$65, and are on sale at 855-285-8499, www.foxatltix.com. HOWARD POUSNER FILM Number of the day 111 –Birthday that Edward Cullen, dreamy vampire in the “Twilight” series, is celebrating Wednesday. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” arrives in theaters Nov. 16. Starting Wednesday morning at 8:30, fans can view a new trailer for the final chapter at www.epk.tv. HOWARD POUSNER
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Review: At 59, Cathy Rigby still is 'Peter Pan'
LATimes - over 4 years
Apparently, spending the bulk of your time in Neverland really will stop you from growing up. Cathy Rigby won a Tony nomination for her performance as Peter Pan on Broadway in the 1990 revival. Now, at 59, she is once again soaring and scattering pixie dust at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, in a touring production by McCoy Rigby Entertainment, the company she runs with her husband, Tom McCoy.
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Broadway Sacramento announces 'Memphis' and more for 2012-13
The Sacramento Bee - almost 5 years
California Musical Theatre announced today the lineup for the 2012-13 Broadway Sacramento series, the 24th year the company has presented touring Broadway musicals. Former gymnast Cathy Rigby comes to Sacramento for "Peter Pan"
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Broadway in Chicago gets 'Stuffed and Unstrung' plus Cathy Rigby, flying again
Chicago Times - almost 5 years
An adult-oriented puppet show called "Stuffed and Unstrung" is headed this June to the Bank of America Theatre, Broadway in Chicago announced Monday.
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Java Remembers 2011
Blogs.Courant.com - about 5 years
When it came to significant people, places and events, Java had plenty to choose from and write about during 2011. Among those we won't forget... Events: -Gov. Dannel Malloy's Inaugural Ball held this year at the Connecticut Convention Center. The pull-all-the-stops-out black tie event for the new Democratic governor, organized by the First Company Governor's Foot Guard, was the highlight of an Inauguration Day that included a flurry of happy legislative breakfasts, a private lunch with outgoing Republican Governor Jodi Rell, and Java's near arrest at the private fundraiser at the Old State House. -Mark Twain House and Museum's A-list of events and people including  authors David Baldacci, John Grisham and Jodi Picoult at Yale,  Academy Award-winning documentarian Michael Moore at UConn, married actors Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker and  legendary newscaster Ted Koppel in Hartford. -Mohegan Sun celebrated its 15th anniversary with a salute to tv show host Regis Philbin a ...
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Peter Pan takes flight at Wolf Trap - Fairfaxtimes.com
Google News - over 5 years
Long before Spider-Man had problems taking flight around a Broadway stage, Tony-Award nominee Cathy Rigby was flying high as Peter Pan, enthralling audiences as the boy who wouldn't grow up
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Family Fall Preview: Jack Hanna, Phineas And Ferb, And More - Hartford Courant
Google News - over 5 years
"Peter Pan" featuring Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby Nov. 22 through 27 at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. Tickets are $17 to $68. Ave., Hartford. Information: www.bushnell.org, 860- 987-5900. 9
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Fairfax County community calendar, Sept. 1-8, 2011 - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
“Peter Pan,” starring Cathy Rigby. 8 pm, Thursday and Friday; 2 and 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday, Wolf Trap Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. In-house, $40-$80; lawn, $20-$25. 703-255-1868 or www.wolftrap.org. Sunset Cinema in the Park, bring blankets
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Cathy Rigby soars again in 'Peter Pan' - Washington Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
Cathy Rigby has been the definitive Peter Pan ever since the Olympic champion gymnast turned her sights on musical theater in 1974. As the boy who won't grow up, she has flown across the stage hundreds of times, earning Tony Award nominations as best
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STAGE TUBE: New Promo for PETER PAN Tour Starring Cathy Rigby - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Olympic gymnast, Cathy Rigby, will once again take flight in her Tony nominated and Emmy Award winning role as the boy who won't grow up, Peter Pan. Opening at Virginia's Wolf Trap in September 2011, the all new production of the musical Peter Pan will
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Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN returns to Oklahoma City's Civic Center Music Hall - YouTube
Google News - over 5 years
Don't miss Cathy Rigby in the high flying PETER PAN returning to Oklahoma City's Civic Center Music Hall September 13-18, 2011. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by calling Celebrity Attractions Box Office at (800) 869-1451 or online at
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cathy Rigby
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 62
    However, in late August 2015, Rigby reprised her role once again in a limited 15-day run at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver.
    More Details Hide Details After retiring from gymnastics, Rigby married professional football player Tommy Mason, with whom she had two sons. While acting in The Wizard of Oz, she met her second husband, Tom McCoy, whom she credited with helping her fight bulimia. She and McCoy had two daughters, Theresa and Kaitlin. During the 1980s, she began speaking publicly about her experiences with eating disorders. She suffered from bulimia for 12 years and wrote in an article for People in 1984: "I wanted to be perfect in my attitude and in my weight. Inside I was going crazy. I probably consumed 10,000 calories a day or more in fast foods. I can tell you where every McDonald's and Jack in the Box was along the way (to my voice lessons)—and every bathroom where I could get rid of the food." According to a People interview in 1991, "twice she was hospitalized and nearly died from electrolyte imbalance."
  • 2013
    Age 60
    Rigby confirmed that she was leaving the role of Peter Pan for good when her tour concluded on April 28, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details She said, "No, we don't say goodbye, because saying goodbye means forgetting, and I'm not forgetting, I'm just going to find another adventure."
  • FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 59
    In 2012, she appeared in American Girl's McKenna Shoots for The Stars, as McKenna's gymnastics coach.
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  • 2011
    Age 58
    In August 2011, Rigby started another Peter Pan tour at the age of 60, continuing through 2013.
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  • 2008
    Age 55
    Yet she returned to the role in 2008 at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, and in 2009 at the Mansion Theater in Branson, Missouri.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2002
    Age 49
    In 2002–2003, she played the lead in the touring production of the musical Seussical, and in 2004–2005, she again toured as Peter Pan, billing it as her farewell.
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  • 1998
    Age 45
    She played the role again in 1998–1999.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 37
    In 1990, Rigby again appeared as Peter Pan on Broadway and later took the production on tour.
    More Details Hide Details She received excellent reviews for her performance and was nominated for a Tony Award.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 28
    In 1981, she starred as Dorothy in a production of The Wizard of Oz.
    More Details Hide Details Other theatrical appearances included Annie Get Your Gun and Meet Me In St. Louis.
  • 1976
    Age 23
    In 1976, she guest-starred as a Russian gymnast on the TV series The Six Million Dollar Man.
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  • 1974
    Age 21
    In 1974, the producers of a theater-in-the-round version of Peter Pan offered Rigby the title role.
    More Details Hide Details Rigby commented that she was "scared to death" during rehearsals; only 20 and just a year into "retirement," she had no idea what she would be doing with the rest of her life when the role came along. To her surprise, she discovered that she enjoyed playing Peter Pan. In the mid-1970s, Rigby shattered an old taboo by appearing in a series of TV commercials for Stayfree maxi-pads created by Young & Rubicam copywriter Peter Cornish, thereby becoming the first celebrity to endorse a feminine hygiene product. She then worked for 18 years as a commentator for ABC Sports and appeared in made-for-television movies.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1972
    Age 19
    She retired from gymnastics after the 1972 Olympics.
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    Rigby went on to compete at the 1972 Summer Olympics, but was hampered by injury.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to the Games, she had been working on a balance beam skill that was quite risky for the time: a front aerial walkover. However, because she was injured, she did not attempt this move during the competition, and did not win a medal.
  • 1970
    Age 17
    She was the U.S. national champion in 1970 and 1972, and became the first American woman to win a medal at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships: the silver medal on the balance beam at the 1970 Championships.
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  • 1968
    Age 15
    Rigby was the highest-scoring American gymnast at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, making her a favorite with American television audiences and helping to popularize gymnastics in America.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Born
    Rigby was born in Los Alamitos, California, on December 12, 1952.
    More Details Hide Details She is the daughter of Anita and Paul Rigby. She has an older brother, Steve Rigby; an older sister, Michelle; a younger brother, Jeff; and a younger sister, Jill.
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