María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza was born on March 13, 1941 (although she claims that this is a clerical error and that she was actually born in 1951) in Murcia, Spain. She is professionally known by her stage name Charo. Charo is a Spanish-American actress (became a US citizen in 1977), comedian, and flamenco guitarist. As an actress, she is known for Perry Como's Easter in Guadalajara (1982) and Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Spectacular from Lake Tahoe (1977). She has appeared on many US television shows and in Las Vegas. When she was 14, she won a scholarship to study classical guitar with Andrés Segovia. She is fluent in Spanish (native language), English, French, Italian and Japanese. She also received the Distinguished Career Award from Hispanic Exhibitor and Distributor. Her trademark "cuchi, cuchi" comes from her nickname for her dog, Cuchillo (Spanish for "knife").

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