Grease's Cha-Cha, Actress Annette Charles, Dies at 63

Entertainment Aug. 4, 2011 AT 1:36PM
Grease's Cha-Cha, Actress Annette Charles, Dies at 63 Credit: Paramount Pictures/ Courtesy: Everett Collection

Grease has lost another unforgettable star.

Annette Charles, the actress and dancer who played Cha Cha in the 1978 classic film, died Wednesday in her Los Angeles home.

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Her rep told TMZ that Charles had been battling cancer. A full statement is expected within the next 24 hours. A family member told TMZ: "Annette had recently started having difficulty breathing ... and when she went to the doctor she learned that she had a cancerous tumor in her one of her lungs."

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As Cha Cha, Charles memorably played a sexy villain -- the girlfriend of tough gangmember Craterface, who briefly dances (spectacularly) with good guys Danny Zucko (John Travolta) and his pal Kenickie (Jeff Conaway) at a big, televised school dance competition.

Her castmate Jeff Conaway passed away in late May at age 60.

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