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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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emmaloren    

I hate Cancer, it takes too many decent people. all the money spent on space travel, wars, etc, when we could be finding a cure. you know you're getting older when all these people you grew up watching are passing away. Gods speed to her and Bubba and my deepest sympathy to the families.

1174 days ago
92.

Mack    

Wow.That's sad.She will be missed.My condolences.:(

1174 days ago
93.

Babe    

Oh how sad RIP Cha Cha

1174 days ago
94.

johnnie moseley    

Our prayers are with the family of cha cha

1174 days ago
95.

Brenda    

RIP Cha Cha and Bubba Smith...

1174 days ago
96.

GigiLulu    

She taught public speaking at CSUN. I was lucky enough to be in her class about 6 years ago. Really nice, genuine woman with a lot of energy. Sad to hear this.

1174 days ago
97.

Tammie Whynot    

Cha Cha was another character that the movie could not have done without. She was the one you had to had to hate. How dare her but between Danny and Sandy and take away the dance prize from Sandy. R.I.P. Miss Charles. aka.Ms. Gregoria.

1174 days ago
98.

really?    

why does everyone have to ruin their looks with plastic surgery? She clearly had her nose done, leaving her unrecognizable as Cha-Cha. Still a beautiful woman, but sadly, not ChaCha

1174 days ago
99.

kenhp1    

What a shame. To be taken away so young is so unjust to the Family. 63 to me is really young to be taken from the earth. Rest in peace.

1174 days ago
100.

Reyna38    

RIP sweetheart.,,

she did all these other movies for those who dont know her work..
1987: Magnum, P.I. (TV series) Maria Torres
1985: Latino Marlena (as Annette Cardona)
1981: Musical Comedy Tonight II (TV movie)
1980: The Incredible Hulk (TV series) Rita
1979: Can You Hear the Laughter? The Story of Freddie Prinze (TV movie) Billy
1979: In Search of Historic Jesus (do***entary) Mary Magdalene
1978: Centennial (TV mini-series) Senora Alvarez
1978: Grease Cha Cha DiGregorio
1977: Man from Atlantis (TV series) Ginny Mendoza (as Annette Courset)
1976: The Bionic Woman (TV series) Elora / Emerald (1976-1977)
1974: Barnaby Jones (TV series) Angela / Lucy Stahl (1974-1977)
1972: Emergency! (TV series) Mrs. Harrow / Wife (1972-1974)
1972: Banacek (TV series) Cecelia Gomez (as Annette Cardona)
1972: Bonanza (TV series) Carmen
1972: The Mod Squad (TV series) Cory (as Annette Cardona)
1970: Gunsmoke (TV series) Rita (as Annette Cardona)
1970: The Flying Nun (TV series) Louisa (as Annette Cardona)
1968: The High Chaparral (TV series) Jill

1174 days ago
101.

Reyna38    

RIP sweetheart.,,

she did all these other movies for those who dont know her work..
1987: Magnum, P.I. (TV series) Maria Torres
1985: Latino Marlena (as Annette Cardona)
1981: Musical Comedy Tonight II (TV movie)
1980: The Incredible Hulk (TV series) Rita
1979: Can You Hear the Laughter? The Story of Freddie Prinze (TV movie) Billy
1979: In Search of Historic Jesus (do***entary) Mary Magdalene
1978: Centennial (TV mini-series) Senora Alvarez
1978: Grease Cha Cha DiGregorio
1977: Man from Atlantis (TV series) Ginny Mendoza (as Annette Courset)
1976: The Bionic Woman (TV series) Elora / Emerald (1976-1977)
1974: Barnaby Jones (TV series) Angela / Lucy Stahl (1974-1977)
1972: Emergency! (TV series) Mrs. Harrow / Wife (1972-1974)
1972: Banacek (TV series) Cecelia Gomez (as Annette Cardona)
1972: Bonanza (TV series) Carmen
1972: The Mod Squad (TV series) Cory (as Annette Cardona)
1970: Gunsmoke (TV series) Rita (as Annette Cardona)
1970: The Flying Nun (TV series) Louisa (as Annette Cardona)
1968: The High Chaparral (TV series) Jill

1174 days ago
102.

note4    

Be at peace, dear lady. Thanks for the memories.

1173 days ago
103.

cici    

i love this movie rip you brought countless hours of entertainment to many.

1173 days ago
104.

Laurel    

Rest in Peace,beautiful lady.:(

1167 days ago
105.

Val    

Oh no. Always loved Cha Cha, she was beautiful. Rest in peace.

1167 days ago
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