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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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46.

john wayne gacy    


staying in character & true to form, this pretend
clown would love to toss some day old salad,
while doing the cha cha off of this woman;

989 days ago
47.

benice    

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989 days ago
48.

bgdjohnny8    

Cha Cha DeGregorio? Noooo! She was hot - perfectly cast in Grease.

989 days ago
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patrica breen    

When I was going through a difficult time, she came into my life and gave unconditionally. Healthy and vibrant and so talented...not a sign that she'd so unexpectedly be sadly gone so soon...when will we all learn how short life can really be...and we never know what's around the corner.

989 days ago
50.

Diane    

Sad news...loved her in Grease....beautiful woman...may she be at peace.

989 days ago
51.

amy    

I loved her in Grease...she played the part perfectly and it is sad she has to leave the world at such a young age..She will live on in Grease!!!

989 days ago
52.

geena    

What a lot of people don't know is her real last name was Cardona, and she had to teach John Travolta his dance moves in the movie! She was terrific person.

989 days ago
53.

Andy    

Re; Annette Charles; All dancer's loved your work - you were GREAT! I loved working with you once upon a time - God bless you and your family. RIP Ann Jillian & Andy Murcia

989 days ago
54.

booker    

RIP Cha Cha

989 days ago
55.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

Wow, she finally caught up with her career.

989 days ago
56.

Thomas Pickering from Bklyn    

There are some movies that will always make you sing dance and scream. Grease was one of them. No disrespect, but danm she was HOT. A lady once said "I hope that one day soon Cancer will get cancer and Die" Sincere condolences to her family. The rest of the cast should definitely attend the funeral. Love you Cha Cha. Grease For Peace.

989 days ago
57.

Vince    

Country Girl..so just because you couldn't stand her in the movie gives you the right to laugh at her death..how f...... ignorant can you get..but then again...you country...

989 days ago
58.

April    

so sad. she got her gradutaion to god. love all ways.

989 days ago
59.

Mike    

Sarry to hear this. My heart goes out to her family. God bless.

989 days ago
60.

tama    

Grease one of my favorite movies back in the days! RIP Cha Cha...

989 days ago
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