Saturday, 15 January 2011

A triumph of art over nature

Our house favourite here at Dolores Delargo Towers celebrates her 60th birthday (or is it her 70th?) today! I know I have featured her here many times before but...

How does one describe in mere words the triumph of art over nature that is Charo?

Born María del Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Gutiérrez de los Perales Santa Ana Romanguera y de la Hinojosa Rasten in Murcia, Spain, she had to go to court in the US to declare her official birth date as 1951. We forgive her.

Anyone who still has the temerity to behave today like the "sex kitten" she was in 1966 - when at the age of fifteen she married 66-year-old bandleader Xavier Cugat - has our vote!

Simultaneously hilariously bad and yet remarkably talented (she is a classically trained Flamenco guitarist and fluent in Japanese), Charo blossomed under Cugat's guidance into a cult TV star - from Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in in the 1960s, through The Love Boat in the 70s and myriad guest appearances on chat shows and variety shows right up to Dancing With The Stars today. And we love her!

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