‘Grease’ Actress Annette Charles Dies At 63

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Annette Charles, an actress best known for playing Cha Cha DiGregorio in the 1978 smash movie “Grease,” died in her Los Angeles home Wednesday.

Charles was 63 and reportedly died from cancer.

Broadcast reports quote Charles’ mother saying her daughter was hospitalized for the last month.

In “Grease,” Cha Cha steps out on the dance floor and boogies with her ex Danny –John Travolta’s character — causing Olivia Newton-John’s Sandy to run off in a huff.

Cha Cha also dances with Kenickie — her date for the big school dance. Kenickie was played by Jeff Conaway who also died May 27th.

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Actress Annette Cardona arrives for the opening night of "Grease" at The Pantages Theater on March 10, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)


In addition to "Grease," Charles had a slew of guest starring roles in 70s-80s era TV shows including "The Incredible Hulk," "Emergency!," "Mod Squad," "The Bionic Woman" and "Barnaby Jones."

Charles also taught speech at California State University, Northridge for several years, according to her imdb.com bio.

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  • sad

    Rest in peace. Grease has remained a fun movie to watch through out the years. Her dancing scene was fun to watch w/ J Conaway & J Travolta. Deepest sympathy to her family. Grease is the word.

    • 82ndAirborneSniper

      i agree with john, bd mcgee, what an ass you are…

    • john

      BD McGee- what an ass you are

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  • sscarzz

    Grease / KY whatever… Never really seen it. Now Gene Simmons getting Married, Gadz…….. I guess he didn’t hear Tom Lykes.

  • teepoo

    Wow, everytime I watch Greese, I feel I’m kind of in the time frame when the movie came out. Knowing I was in my young 20’s I think when it came out. Sure doesn’t seem fair to Cha Cha, I loved watching her skirt fly, those legs were awesome.
    The yellow Capri pants Cha Cha wore, HOT!!!>>>in the LA river car race. So 50’s. reminds me of our teen days of cruising the streets on a main blvd. looking for chicks back in the mid-70’s.
    Rest in Peace deary, go dance now in the heavens and m ake a big quake cme to LA!!!!

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