RIP – ANNETTE CHARLES


EXPIRED: 08/03/11 – Annette Charles, 63, was  “Cha Cha” DiGregorio, a sexy villain — the girlfriend of tough gangmember Craterface, who briefly danced with John Travolta’s Danny Zucko and Jeff Conaway’s Kenickie in a school dance competition in the film, Grease. Called ‘Cha Cha” because she is “the best dancer at St. Bernadette’s”,  Annette brought a spicy ‘Latina’ flavor to the part. Ironically even though she was of Mexican-Sicilian descent, Charles was advised by her agent to change her name from Cardona, the latter being considered “too ethnic.” She never got cast in anything like that again, and in 2001 received a degree from the NYU School of Social Work. She ended up teaching  at California State University, Northridge.

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