Grease star Annette Charles dies

The actress who played Cha Cha DiGregorio passes away at 63

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American actress Annette Charles, best known as Cha Cha DiGregorio in 1978 movie musical Grease, has died aged 63.

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Charles had roles in such US TV series as The Bionic Woman and Man from Atlantis but is remembered in particular as the sassy high-school girl who made Olivia Newton-John’s Sandy jealous with her jive routine alongside John Travolta’s Danny.

Charles continued acting into the late 1980s – her final role a guest appearance in Magnum PI – before quitting to become a teacher.

Reports suggest she had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer and died from complications related to the disease.

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Charles is the second member of the Grease cast to have passed away in recent months – Jeff Conaway, who played Kenickie in the hit 50s-set musical, died at the end of May.