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We Don't Deserve Charo

By Mieka Strawhorn | Celebrity | March 21, 2019 |

By Mieka Strawhorn | Celebrity | March 21, 2019 |


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When Charo hurts, we all hurt. And Charo is going through hell right now. As one of the world’s most beloved icons, she’s brought lightness, laughter, and love into our lives for decades. However, very recently Charo suffered a personal tragedy. Last month, her husband of 40 years, Kjell Rasten, took his own life. Charo shared the sad news on Instagram.

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Dear beautiful friends. This throw back Thursday, I want to share with you all my husband and me in happy days. Every day was happy when we were together. The love of my life and best friend and best father in the world to our son. I wish for all of you the same love I had with him. Thank you for your love and messages, you will never know how much they are helping me in the worst time of my life. I love you all. #love #marriage #truelove #soulmate #loss #bestfriend #hollywoodcouple #throwbackthursday #charo

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It absolutely breaks my heart. I first remember seeing Charo forcefully and joyously burst through my TV screen as a regular on The Love Boat; it was love at first sight. I was mesmerized by her boisterous energy, campy sex appeal, and undeniable talent as an entertainer of extraordinary ability. OK, maybe at 7, I was just mesmorized by her boobies, enormous eyelashes, and “cuchi cuchi” battle cry. But I was mesmerized all the same! She always was, and remains, larger than life. It wasn’t until decades later that I learned she was more than a wild-eyed TV sex-pot.

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Hola amigos! Tomorrow is throwback Thursday and I want to share with you my first bikini! I don’t know if you notice but I was holding my breath for 60 seconds in order to look skinny… I think I break records! Have fun! I love you all… besos! #bikini #fashion #skinny #style #photography #beauty #charo #lifestyle #geniusworldrecords #makeup #tan

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Hola amigos! Here I am just arrived in America at 16 years old. And here I am at 19 after three years in Hollywood.. No more innocent ;). There are no virgins in Hollywood… ;) #tbt #hollywood #charo #beverly hills #throwbackthursday #queen #america #growingup #sexy #fashion #hairstyle

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María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza, a name that matches her abundant gifts, was born in Spain in 1951. Or maybe 1941. Also possibly 1947. Or it could have been 1949. Nobody knows for sure, and good luck trying to ask her. But it doesn’t matter, let’s just go with the obvious answer which is that she’s an ageless deity whose blessed our timeline with her presence. Charo studied classical and flamenco guitar and was discovered at the age of “16” by bandleader Xavier Cugat, whom she married in 1966. Xavier and Charo moved to The Bronx, along with her mother and aunt. From there, Charo began appearing regularly on TV shows such as The Today Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and Laugh-In.

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Hola Amigos! I want to share with you this picture in a good hair day! I hope you like it Besos #charo #cuchicuchi #goodhairday #throwbackthursday #fun #hairstyles #style

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Charo credits her ubiquitous “cuchi cuchi” catchphrase for her rise to fame in America. Here she is on Larry King Now explaining its origins.

If anybody ever made fun of her for it, they don’t understand what a brilliant, savvy and lucrative decision it was. You can’t make a Charo joke that Charo’s not in on.

If Charo’s serious about anything though, it’s professionalism, musicianship and knocking people’s socks off with her myriad talents.

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Hola amigos! This beautiful guitar concierto is called Ruecuerdos de la Alhambra. One of the most beautiful guitar masterpieces ever written. I hope you like it because also I was playing for you. I love you all, Besos! #guitar #palmsprings #concierto #lasvegas #dress #symphony #carnegiehall #hollywoodbowl #music #spain #alhambra #lifestyle #beverlyhills #charo

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When she’s not singing, dancing, or shredding on the Flamenco guitar, Charo generously shares workout tips on how to keep your boobs and ass in shape, recipes for health and relaxation, hair and makeup tips, home improvement hints, and messages of encouragement and hope. Who needs therapy when you have Charo. (disclaimer: Charo is not a licensed therapist AS FAR AS WE KNOW)

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Hola amigos! I want to share with you a great therapy that I discover in case you are having a bad caca day! I love you all, Besos! #disco #depressed #nightclub #badhairday #stressed #dieting #fun #lights #beverlyhills #hollywood #celebrity #arguments #therapy #charo #cuchiCuchi

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Hola amigos! I want to share with you a solution to Survive the stress after New year. Sangria Olé #charo #cuchicuchi #sangria #newyear #happynewyear #fruit #champagne #vino #wine #yummy #sweets #fun #drinks

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Hola amigos! I would like to share one of my many many many make up secrets…. This is a good one! I love you all Besos #makeup #charo #cuchicuchi #lipstick #hairstyle #fashion #beverlyhills #hollywoodlips #bathroom #fun #beauty #natural #hair #hollywood

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Hola amigos! I wanna share with you something that I discovered regarding The maracas English version (tits) Happy New Year! #Charo #cuchicuchi #workout #happyholidays #newyear #maracas #tits #holiday #excercise #workoutmotivation #fun #fitnessmotivation #fitness #fit

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Obviously, I don’t know Charo personally (trust me, if I did, nobody would hear the end of it) but Kjell’s sudden passing almost felt personal. I adore Charo so much that her palpable pain hurts me too. But thankfully, Charo says she’ll be OK. Today, she shared a message of gratitude for all the love, support and appreciation she’s received since Kjell passed. Charo says she will continue to perform because it is what makes her happy. And that’s what Kjell would have wanted.

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Hola amigos, this message is to let you know that I love you all! Thank you for your support. I want to tell you that life is very beautiful and we should enjoy every Single day and I look forward to sharing my days with you, my friends! Mucho amor!

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It’s good to know that when somebody spends their life putting positive energy into the universe, it sometimes comes back at them two-fold when they need it most.



Mieka is a staff contributor. You can follow her on Twitter.


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