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Cha Cha from 'Grease'

DEAD AT 63

8/4/2011 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Annette Charles Death
Annette Charles -- who played Cha Cha in the 1978 movie "Grease" -- died last night in her Los Angeles home ... her rep tells TMZ.

Her rep tells us, she passed away due to complications from cancer.

The family is planning to release a full statement within the next 24 hours. Annette was 63.

A family member tells us, "Annette had recently started having difficulty breathing ... and when she went to the doctor she learned that she had a cancerous tumor in one of her lungs."

We're told doctors only learned about her condition a few months ago.


Annette Charles

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CountryGal    

Oooh I couldn't stand her in the movie. Haha! RIP Cha Cha

1154 days ago
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jxtr    

I remember her from Grease. Wow, it's hard to believe that movie was made about 35 years ago.

1154 days ago
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Violette-Blue    

Loved Cha Cha!!! RIP. You & Bubba Smith RIP.

1154 days ago
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fran    

RIP ChaCha...condolences to the family.

1154 days ago
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Criss    

That sucks. Condolences to her family.

1154 days ago
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ilovegossip    

Wow, she was 30 years old and playing a high schooler! I always thought she looked a little old for the part. I guess most of the cast did.

1154 days ago
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dawn    

I loved her in that movie...RIP Cha Cha...

1154 days ago
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MyOpinionOnly    

Awww....first Bubba and now Cha Cha. RIP you fiery latina! Loved your part in Grease and hope that you are at peace.

1154 days ago
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Mickey Kafka    

updated wikipedia

1154 days ago
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aquanet    

And yet, Zsa Zsa is still haning on. God's speed.

1154 days ago
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dclaire    

I worked with Annette in the 70's we did a musical of Salome by Kim Milford who also died way too early. She was a committed professional during he mounting and run of this show and I might add in the middle of bedlam, the late 70's and a staff fueled by coke. She was the only straight one among us!

1154 days ago
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kronenburg    

I absolutely ADORED her as Cha Cha. The best line in the movie - "Why do they call you Cha Cha?" "'Cause I'm the best dancer at St. Bernadette's." Loved it! RIP, Cha Cha.

1154 days ago
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Chellybutt    

First jeff conway, now her....sad. Cancer is a terrible disease.

1154 days ago
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msankey86    

Wow. RIP Cha-Cha.

1154 days ago
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Sarafina    

The best dancer in Grease, hands down. R.I.P. Miss Charles and condolences to her family.

1154 days ago
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