Best of 2011

A Farewell to the Stars We Lost This Year

From Elizabeth Taylor to Amy Winehouse, we pay tribute to the people whose lives touched us all

ANNETTE CHARLES

The television actress almost passed up her most famous role as "Cha-Cha" DiGregorio alongside John Travolta in the 1978 iconic musical Grease. "I was working really hard to become an actress and didn’t want to be thought of as just a dancer," she recalled. Charles later switched careers to become a speech professor at California State University under her real name, Annette Cardona. She passed away on Aug. 3 at the age of 63, after suffering complications from cancer.