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Charo

Charo turns 63 today (Jan. 15, 2014) — or 73, depending on whether you believe Charo or documentation from her native Spain. According to Wikipedia, “The performer has said in past interviews that her parents allowed her to falsify her age to appear to be older after marrying 66-year-old band leader Xavier Cugat when she was 15.”

The flamboyant flamenco guitarist’s real name is Maria Rosario Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza. Now why on earth would anyone want to shorten that?

There are so many great clips of her to choose from on YouTube, I couldn’t pick just one. So I’ve embedded a bunch of them. It’s a Charopalooza!


Charo appears on The Carol Burnett Show. Burnett lampoons Charo in a skit where Burnett plays Charo’s mother. (1973)


Charo sings the Love Boat theme in one of her 10 — that's right, 10 — appearances on the show. (1979)


Charo plays matador with Don Rickles on The Tonight Show. (1979)


Charo meets her castmates on the reality show The Surreal Life. Other cast members were Dave Coulier, Flavor Flav, Jordan Knight, Brigitte Nielsen, and Ryan Starr. (2004)

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3 responses

  1. i cannot believe she did not fall out of that tube top while being a charging bull. rickles has had a heck of a life. and i’m gonna say 73.

    1. Yeah, there’s no way she’s only 63.

  2. Westphalllisa@aol.com | Reply

    happy birthday,charo.

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