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Charo Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 15 January 1945Murcia, Spain
Birth NameMaría del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza
Nickname The Cuchi Cuchi Girl
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Charo was born on January 15, 1945 in Murcia, Spain as María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza. She is an actress, known for The Hollywood Squares (1965), Hollywood Squares (1998) and The Surreal Life (2003). She has been married to Kjell Rasten since August 11, 1978. They have one child. She was previously married to Xavier Cugat.

Spouse (2)

Kjell Rasten (11 August 1978 - present) (1 child)
Xavier Cugat (7 August 1966 - 17 April 1978) (divorced)

Trade Mark (5)

Shake of the hips accompanied by a squealed "cuchi-cuchi!"
Often wears provocative outfits
Seductive deep voice
Platinum blonde hair
Voluptuous, buxom figure

Trivia (15)

Her father was a lawyer who was exiled to Casablanca during the Franco dictatorship, returning only when Franco died.
Her mother was a homemaker.
Attended the Catholic Convent of the Sacred Heart, where she began playing guitar at age 9.
Received the Distinguished Career Award from Hispanic Exhibitor and Distributor.
Fluent in Spanish (native language), English, French, Italian and Japanese.
Was winner of Guitar Player magazine's Readers Poll as Best Flamenco Guitarist two years in a row.
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.".
When she was 14, she won a scholarship to study classical guitar with Andrés Segovia.
Her son, Shel Rasten, is a philosophy major at the University of Southern California.
Became a United States citizen in 1977.
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 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Charo long maintained that her stated date of birth was incorrect due to a "clerical error". Official documents in Spain and the United States maintained she was born in 1941, but Charo argued she was actually younger. In 1977, she went to court, and was able to successfully convince the judge to rule that she was born in 1951. This would have made her 15 at the time of her marriage, and the legitimacy of this date is widely questioned.
Was considered for the role of Eva Perón in Evita (1996), which went to Madonna.
Has returned to Las Vegas, Nevada to star in her own song/dance show. [November 2001]

Personal Quotes (2)

If you believe in what you do, you are immortal. The day that you don't believe it, the day you're taking other people's opinion, you better go to Tijuana.
Around the world, I am known as a great musician. But in America, I am known as the cuchi-cuchi girl. That's okay because cuchi-cuchi has taken me all the way to the bank.

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