Celebrity deaths in 2011

Slideshow posted in Photos | Monday, January 03, 2011

32 of 84: Annette Charles, the actress who played Charlene 'Cha Cha' Digregorio in the 1978 musical 'Grease,' died at the age of 63.

Charles died on Aug. 4, 2011 after battling non-smokers lung cancer, her spokesperson said in a statement. She is survived by her mother, husband, sister and nephew.

In the iconic musical film, Charles played the girlfriend of rival Leo 'Craterface' and shared a memorable scene with John Travolta as Danny Zuko when their characters won a dance competition.

After the film, Charles appeared in the 1985 movie 'Latino' and had a few television roles in 'The Incredible Hulk' and 'Magnum, P.I.'

Born in 1948 as Annette Cardona, she received a masters degree from NYU School of Social Work in 2001.She also served as a part-time professor of speech and communication in the Chicano and Chicana Studies Department at California State University, Northridge since 2000.

(Pictured: Charles appears in 'Grease' on the left and in a photo posted on her Facebook page on the left.) (Paramount Pictures / facebook)