EXCLUSIVE: What Was It Like Growing Up With Charo as Your Mother? Watch!

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Cuchi Cuchi! 

In an upcoming episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?Charo gives viewers a rare glimpse inside her life and introduces her son, Shel Rasten -- who talks about growing up with such a famously flamboyant mother. 

The Spanish-American actress even dishes on the origins of her multimillion dollar catchphrase, cuchi cuchi. 

"What cuchi cuchi came from is such a disappointment for everybody when they know, because everybody thinks that is sex. C-U-C-H-I-L-L-O -- that was the name of my dog," she explains. "He was a mix between a St. Bernard and a pit bull. I make a joke about that. First, he bite you and then he run for help. But, I call him 'cuchi cuchi.' He have a problem in the back so when the dog wiggle, he don't wiggle like a dog, he wiggle up front -- up front I swear. Never in my mind was sex. Cuchi cuchi showed me the way to the bank, so thank you very much, everybody."

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Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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