Before Sofia Vergara cornered the market on sexy, funny Latin women with a thick accent, there was Charo.
Charo has a long been known as a provocatively-dressed, booty-shaking comedian whose trademark catchphrase is “cuchi cuchi.” She made many television appearances in the ’60s and ’70s including the Today Show, the Tonight Show, the Love Boat and Laugh-In. She married 66-year-old band leader Xavier Cugat, who discovered Charo, when she was only 15.
Although Charo may be a staple of Vegas entertainment and excess, she is also a talented virtuoso flamenco guitarist who studied with Segovia in her native country of Spain.
Today, MEOWgazine celebrates Charo.