Annette Charles (born Annette Cardona; March 5, 1948 – August 3, 2011) was an American actress best known for her role as Charlene "Cha Cha" DiGregorio in the 1978 feature film Grease. She made several appearances on television as well.
March 5, 1948
|Died||August 3, 2011 (aged 63)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Charles was born Annette Cardona in Los Angeles, California. She died on August 3, 2011, in Los Angeles due to complications from cancer. She had initially been hospitalized for pneumonia. She died of brain cancer three months after her Grease co-star Jeff Conaway who died of pneumonia.
Charles became an actress, and was best known for her role as Charlene "Cha Cha" DiGregorio in the 1978 feature film Grease. She made several appearances on television as well.
|1978||Grease||Cha Cha DiGregorio|
|1979||In Search of Historic Jesus||Mary Magdalene||Documentary|
|1985||Latino||Marlena||(as Annette Cardona)|
|2009||Transylmania||Administrator||(final film role)|
|1968||The High Chaparral||Jill||Episode: "Follow Your Heart"|
|1970||The Flying Nun||Louisa||Episode: "My Sister, the Doctor", (as Annette Cardona)|
|1970||Gunsmoke||Rita||Episode: "The Noonday Devil", (as Annette Cardona)|
|1972||The Mod Squad||Cory||Episode: "No More Oak Leaves for Ernie Holland", (as Annette Cardona)|
|1972||Bonanza||Carmen||Episode: "The Customs of the Country"|
|1972||Banacek||Cecelia Gomez||Episode: "No Sign of the Cross", (as Annette Cardona)|
|1972-1974||Emergency!||Mrs. Harrow / Wife||2 episodes|
|1974-1977||Barnaby Jones||Angela / Lucy Stahl||2 episodes|
|1976||The Bionic Woman||Elora / Emerald||2 episodes|
|1977||Man from Atlantis||Ginny Mendoza||Episode: "The Death Scouts", (as Annette Courset)|
|1978||Centennial||Senora Alvarez||TV Mini-Series, Episode: "Only the Rocks Live Forever"|
|1979||Can You Hear the Laughter? The Story of Freddie Prinze||Billy||TV movie|
|1980||The Incredible Hulk||Rita Montoya||Episode: "Falling Angels"|
|1981||Musical Comedy Tonight II||TV movie|
|1987||Magnum, P.I.||Maria Torres||Episode: "On the Fly"|
- Barnes, Mike (August 4, 2011). "'Grease' Actress Annette Charles Dies at 63". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 3, 2012.
- "Cha Cha from Grease dead at 63". Access Hollywood. August 4, 2011. Archived from the original on September 9, 2011.
- "Annette Cardona". RateMyProfessors.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2012.
- Annette Charles on IMDb
- "Grease's Cha-Cha, Actress Annette Charles, Dies at 63". Us Weekly. August 4, 2011.
- "I Love Cha Cha DiGregorio", Ebola Entertainment via KHitsChicago.Radio.co, August. 5, 2011 (compilation video of Grease scenes)
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