Charo

Charo

Age
76
Birthday
Mar. 13th, 1941
Born in
Murcia, Spain
Height
5'4"

Charo's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Celebrity Wife Swap TV Show
Celebrity Wife Swap
The Surreal Life TV Show
The Surreal Life
The Wacky World Of Jonathan Winters TV Show
The Wacky World Of Jonathan Winters
 

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]



BIOGRAPHY:

Charo was born on March 13, 1941 in Murcia, Spain as María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza. She is an actress, known for Perry Como's Easter in Guadalajara (1982), Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse (1988) and Paul Lynde Goes MA-A-A-AD (1979). She has been married to Kjell Rasten since August 11, 1978. They have one child. She was previously married to Xavier Cugat.

Known for her long blonde hair, sexy clothes and trademark phrase, "Cuchi-cuchi," Charo first made a big impression on American audiences in the 1970s. She started out, however, as a serious musician. As a child, she studied classical guitar and was mentored by one of that field's great performers, Andres Segovia. As a teenager, Charo was discovered by Latin bandleader and 'Rumba King,' Xavier Cugat, and soon joined his orchestra as a singer and dancer. Despite a more than 40-year age difference, Charo and Cugat wed in 1966.


TRIVIA:
  • Received the Distinguished Career Award from Hispanic Exhibitor and Distributor.
  • Her mother was a homemaker.
  • When she was 14, she won a scholarship to study classical guitar with 'Andrs Segovia' (qv).
  • Her son, 'Shel Rasten' (qv), is a philosophy major at the University of Southern California.
  • Her trademark "cuchi, cuchi" comes from her nickname for her dog, Cuchillo (Spanish for "knife"): "When Cuchillo was happy he wiggled. I copied him and I used to say 'como Cuchi, como Cuchi'. Everybody thought that it was very cute when I wiggled and say cuchi-cuchi, and they give me cookies and candy. Now, every time I say cuchi-cuchi, people give me money."
  • Cugat brought the then 16 year old Charo and her mother and sister to America on a student visa after he discovered her, but she had to return to Spain and wait two years to come back because she was a minor.
  • Married 'Xavier Cugat' (qv) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
  • She attended the Catholic convent of the Sacred Heart, where she began playing guitar at age 9.


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