Annette Charles

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Annette Charles
Born
Annette Cardona

(1948-03-05)March 5, 1948
DiedAugust 3, 2011(2011-08-03) (aged 63)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1968–87

Annette Charles (born Annette Cardona; March 5, 1948 – August 3, 2011)[1] 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.

Personal life[edit]

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.

Career[edit]

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.

Charles later became a speech professor at California State University, Northridge.[2][3]

Credits[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
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)
Television
Year Title Role Notes
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"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barnes, Mike (August 4, 2011). "'Grease' Actress Annette Charles Dies at 63". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 5, 2011.
  2. ^ "Cha Cha from Grease dead at 63". Access Hollywood. August 4, 2011. Archived from the original on August 5, 2011.
  3. ^ "Annette Cardona". RateMyProfessors.com. Archived from the original on August 5, 2011.

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