This is truly a rough day for classic movie lovers. First we heard that Police Academy‘s Bubba Smith was found dead in his apartment, and now we have even more upsetting news to pass along to you. Annette Charles, the actress best known for playing Cha-Cha DiGregorio in Grease, has succumbed to cancer at the age of 63. Certainly y’all know Cha-Cha, the best dancer at St. Bernadette’s (although admittedly with the worst reputation). Her show-stopping dance sequence with Danny Zuko (a.k.a. John Travolta) was one of theÃ‚Â highlights of the 1978 film.
“Annette had recently started having difficulty breathing, a family member told TMZ, “and when she went to the doctor she learned that she had a cancerous tumor in one of her lungs.” Apparently doctor’s caught the disease too late to prevent it from spreading. You and your insane dancing shoes will be missed, Annette. Let’s hoping she’s tearin’ it up at the big malt shop in the sky.