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Grease actress Annette Charles dies at 63

Annette Charles and John Travolta in Grease
Image caption Cha Cha was famously 'the best dancer at St Bernadette's'

Actress Annette Charles, who played Cha Cha DiGregorio, in the hit film Grease, has died at the age of 63.

The actress, who also starred in TV series Gunsmoke and The Bionic Woman, was suffering from cancer.

As Cha Cha, she memorably stole the limelight dancing the hand jive with Danny (John Travolta) at the school dance competition.

She continued acting into the late eighties, but latterly moved into teaching near her home in California.

According to reports, she had only recently been diagnosed with cancer - and died from complications linked to the disease.

A family member told US website TMZ: "Annette had recently started having difficulty breathing and when she went to the doctor she learned that she had a cancerous tumour in one of her lungs."

She died in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Her death comes two months after Jeff Conaway, who played Kenickie in the hit 1978 musical, passed away.

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