Mostly Credited As: Charo
Sometimes Credited As: Charo Cugat
Charo Cougat

Birth Name: María Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza
Date Of Birth: January 15, 1945 (Age 71)
Country Of Birth: Spain
Birth Place: Murcia
Height: 5' 4" (1.62 m)


Charo was born in Murcia, Spain. Her full name is María del Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza de Rasten. Her father was an attorney. As a young adult, she became a television comedienne and flamenco guitar star, popular on talk-shows for her flamboyant personality.

At the age of nine, Charo became a student of the world’s foremost classical and flamenco guitar teacher, Andrés Segovia. Because of her high level of skills on the guitar, she eventually met the famous bandleader Xavier Cugat. She married him in August of 1966. Charo was headlining Las Vegas shows by 1971.
Charo, an extraordinarily talented performer, has been named as the "Best Flamenco Guitarist" in Guitar Player Magazine’s Readers' Poll twice.

Throughout the 1970s, Charo was in demand on American television, appearing 21 times on The Love Boat alone, as well as on other TV programs such as Tony Orlando and Dawn, The Captain and Tenille, Donny and Marie, and The Mike Douglas Show, on which she was once a guest-host.

Charo had her own dinner theater in Hawaii during the 1990s, where she and her husband/manager, Kjell Rasten, moved with their son. They had married in 1978 after Charo’s divorce from bandleader Xavier Cugat was finalized.

After the year 2000, Charo returned to performing in Las Vegas. She also acted in some TV commercials for top American corporations. Charo now goes on tour with her show, and is a regular on Jerry Lewis’ Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon. Besides being a stellar Spanish guitarist, she is noted for her sunny personality and signature phrase, "¡Cuchi-cuchi!".

TV Appearances

Main cast 
RuPaul's Drag Race (2009)As: Herself (Judge)
I Love the '70s: Volume 2 (2006)As: Herself (Interviewee/Charo TV)
The Surreal Life (2003)As: Herself (S03)
Chico and the Man (1974)As: Aunt Charo (S04)
Episode Cast Credits 

Jane The Virgin (2014) 
  Chapter Forty-Four 02x22: (May/16/2016) As Herself 
  Chapter Thirty-Eight 02x16: (Mar/28/2016) As Herself 

The Daytime Emmy Awards (1974) 
  The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 42x01: (Apr/26/2015) As Herself (Presenter) 

Oprah: Where Are They Now? (2012) 
  Love Boat Reunion, Charo, Dave Coulier, DB Sweeney and OMG Makeovers 04x01: (Jun/08/2014) As Herself 

Celebrity Ghost Stories (2009) 
  Charo, William Mapother, Justin Guarini, Hope Dworaczyk 04x18: (Nov/03/2012) As Herself 

The Suite Life on Deck (2008) 
  Mother of the Groom 02x14: (Jan/08/2010) As Senora Ramirez 

Chappelle's Show (2003) 
  The Lost Episodes (2) 03x02: (Jul/16/2006) As Herself 

So NoTORIous (2006) 
  Jealous 01x05: (Apr/23/2006) As Herself, [Special Guest Stars]

10 Ways (2006) 
  To Become America's Sweetheart 01x07: (Mar/17/2006) As Herself 

Las Vegas (2003) 
  Lyle & Substance 03x17: (Mar/10/2006) As Herself 

The Tony Danza Show (2004) (2004) 
  Charo, Joely Fisher, Deborah Norville 02x32: (Oct/25/2005) As Herself 

Where Are They Now? (1999) (1999) 
  TV Bombshells 02x20: (Oct/28/2000) As Herself 

That '70s Show (1998) 
  Red Sees Red 03x02: (Oct/10/2000) As Herself 

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) 
  Charo 02x69: (May/20/1997) As Herself, [Interviewees]

The Facts of Life (1979) 
  Come Back to the Truck Stop, Natalie Green, Natalie Green 07x08: (Nov/09/1985) As Herself 

The Jeffersons (1975) 
  You'll Never Get Rich 11x09: (Jan/08/1985) As Herself 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  Surrogate Mother/The Ideal Woman 07x22: (May/19/1984) As Yolanda Morales 
  Revenge of the Forgotten/Charo 06x14: (Feb/19/1983) As Maria Marguerita Diaz 
  Mr. Nobody/La Liberatora 05x05: (Nov/07/1981) As Dolores DeMosa 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  Abby's Maiden Voyage / He Ain't Heavy / I Like to Be in America 06x22: (Feb/26/1983) As April Lopez 
  April in Boston/Saving Grace/Breaks of Life 05x29: (May/01/1982) As April Lopez 
  Super Mom/I'll See You Again/April's Return 02x26: (May/05/1979) As April Lopez 
  Message for Maureen/The Acapulco Connection/Gotcha 01x04: (Oct/15/1977) As April Lopez 

American Bandstand (1957) 
  Charo / Patrick Juvet 22x10: (Dec/23/1978) As Herself 
  Charo 21x05: (Oct/08/1977) As Herself 
  Charo / Ralph Carter/ Avery Schreiber 19x22: (Feb/14/1976) As Herself 

Flying High (1978) 
  Palm Springs Weekend 01x09: (Dec/01/1978) As Carmen 

Donny and Marie (1976) 
  GUESTS: MILTON BERLE, CHARO, THE SYLVERS 03x09: (Dec/02/1977) As Herself 
  GUESTS: CHARO, CARL REINER, ROZ KELLY 02x09: (Dec/03/1976) As Herself 
  GUESTS: ROY CLARK, CHARO, GEORGE GOBEL 01x05: (Feb/27/1976) As Herself 

The Brady Bunch Hour (1977) 
  Charo / Bill Hudson / Brett Hudson / Mark Hudson / Rip Taylor 01x04: (Mar/21/1977) As Herself 

The Captain and Tennille (1976) 
  Show #19 01x19: (Mar/07/1977) As Herself 

The Sonny & Cher Show (1976) 
  Show 32 02x21: (Mar/04/1977) As Herself 
  Show 15 02x04: (Oct/17/1976) As Herself 

Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1973) 
  Danny Thomas 01x39: (Dec/15/1976) As Herself 

The Midnight Special (1973) 
  Host: Natalie Cole 04x25: (Apr/02/1976) As Herself 

Tony Orlando and Dawn (1974) 
  Season 2, Episode 18 02x18: (Jan/28/1976) As Herself 
  Season 1, Episode 16 01x16: (Mar/05/1975) As Herself 
  Season 1, Episode 2 01x02: (Jul/10/1974) As Herself 

Cher (1975) 
  Show 12 01x12: (May/04/1975) As Herself 

The Carol Burnett Show (1967) (1967) 
  with Tim Conway, Charo, Petula Clark 07x02: (Sep/22/1973) As Herself 

The Dean Martin Show (1965) 
  Charo, Danny Thomas 08x08: (Nov/02/1972) As Herself 
  Milton Berle / Charo & Xavier Cugat / Phil Ford & Mimi Hines 01x10: (Nov/25/1965) As Herself 

Ironside (1967) 
  Find a Victim 05x19: (Jan/13/1972) As The Dancer 

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) 
  Episode #105 05x13: (Dec/20/1971) As Herself 

The Hollywood Palace (1964) 
  Host: Sammy Davis Jr. / James Brown Revue 06x23: (Mar/15/1969) As Herself 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  Xavier Cugat and Charo, The Supremes 20x34: (May/07/1967) As Herself 
  Nancy Sinatra, Henny Youngman 20x24: (Feb/25/1967) As Herself 

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (2012) 
  Original Bitch 02x19: (Unaired) As Herself 
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Besides her native Spanish, Charo speaks English, French, Italian and Japanese.

Charo Quotes
Charo: 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