'Grease' Star Annette Charles Passes Away At 63.

Thu, August 4, 2011 1:58pm EDT by 1 Comment

The movie star was best known for her role as Cha-Cha in the 1970’s classic, ‘Grease.’

Annette Charles died last night in her Los Angeles home, according to her representative, TMZ reports.  The 63-year-old actress was suffering from a cancerous tumor in one of her lungs before she began to have difficulty breathing and other implications. 

Annette was best known for her role as Charlene “Cha-Cha” DiGregorio in the 1978 musical film, Grease.  Her character was the ex-girlfriend of the lead role, Danny Zuko, played by John Travolta, and love interest of rival gang member, Leo Balmudo, played by Dennis C. Stewart.

Annette is not the only Grease star to pass away this year — fellow castmate Jeff Conaway died in May due to complications caused by a drug overdose.

— Michael Emer