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PEOPLE Cher

PEOPLE Cher

PEOPLE Cher
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PEOPLE Cher celebrates the iconic entertainer at 75, with stunning photos and a retrospective look at her six-decade career as a hit-making recording artist, beloved TV host, and actress, including her marriage and musical partnership with Sonny Bono, her work on the Broadway stage and in Hollywood films—such as the Oscar-winning Moonstruck—as well as unforgettable performances as one of highest-grossing concert artists in the history of live entertainment. Plus, an intimate portrait of Cher’s family life and an exclusive interview with fashion designer Bob Mackie, the creator of Cher’s show-stopping style since the 1960s.

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
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2 min.
cher at 75!

THERE’S A LOT TO CHER THE ONE-NAME SUPERSTAR HAS BROUGHT JOY FOR MORE THAN A HALF CENTURY BUT ALSO EMBOLDENED AND INSPIRED As a performer since the age of 18 who continues to win new fans today, Cher has been many things to many people—a chart-topping pop singer, award-winning actress, concert arena diva and awe-striking fashion icon. During the pandemic, she was also a comfort to those feeling isolated in lockdown. When her 1987 film Moonstruck recently began trending on Twitter, it was because fans streaming the movie were buoyed by Cher’s deeply reassuring portrayal of Loretta (“Snap out of it!”) Castorini, the plainspoken Italian American widow who is reborn when she finds herself unexpectedly falling in love. Just when they needed her, it was Cher to the rescue, again. Indeed, at…

2 min.
through the years

“[SONNY] LOVES TO WORK. I DO TOO, BUT MY CAPACITY IS NOT AS BIG. I WANT TO PLAY A LITTLE”—CHER IN 1974“CHER DOESN’T MIND BEING THE CENTER OF ATTENTION. IT ISN’T AGONY FOR HER. IT DOESN’T TAKE AWAY PART OF HER SOUL”—MERYL STREEP ON CHER IN 1984“TINA TURNER IS SO GENTEEL, AND SHE TALKS LIKE SUCH A LADY. SHE JUST KEPT LOOKING AT ME LIKE, ‘WHOA! WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?’”—CHER IN 2008“BARBRA STREISAND ASKED ME ONCE, ‘WHY ARE YOU STILL GOING OUT ON THE ROAD?’ AND I SAID, ‘WELL, BECAUSE SOMEDAY I WON’T BE ABLE TO’”—CHER ON TODAY IN 2020…

7 min.
stars and lovers

IN 1946, 18-YEAR-OLD JACKIE JEAN CROUCH (later known as Georgia Holt) gave birth to her first daughter, Cherilyn, in El Centro, Calif., a town just above the Mexican border. Starting in her youth, life “happened in very big swings, either really high or really low,” Cher told People in 1999. Her father, John Sarkisian, was a hunky Armenian trucker with a weakness for gambling and, eventually, for heroin. Holt struggled with her own weakness for Sarkisian: She married him twice and moved in with him a third time before ending it for good. Cher didn’t meet her father until she was 11, and it wasn’t a heartwarming reunion: “I hated him,” she said. Cher was 5 when Holt had a second child, Cher’s half sister Georganne. Holt struggled to earn…

6 min.
one and only

WHEN CHER FIRST TOLD SONNY BONO that she was leaving him, the man she had met when she was 16 and who had guided her career path from obscurity to beloved musical and TV mainstay didn’t even believe her. “‘America will hate you. You’re not going to do it,’” she later recalled him saying. “‘You’re ridiculous.’” In fact, after four seasons of the The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, an unqualified hit, the long, lithe straight woman to Sonny’s buffoon was used to being a bit ridiculous—witness her outrageous gowns and vaudeville getups—and she was completely comfortable with that. More frightening to the singer and TV star was the prospect of making it on her own after so long under Bono’s controlling thumb. “I’m scared to death,” she told People in…

6 min.
marvelous mr. mackie

SHE WAS THIS SORT OF ODD, gothy rock and roll girl at a time when all the beauties of the day were blonde-haired and teased, with beehives and flips,” says Bob Mackie. “Cher didn’t look like that.” That was the famous costume designer’s first impression of the then-21-year-old singer he met during rehearsals for The Carol Burnett Show when Sonny and Cher were guests in 1967. But the moment Cher, “who was so serious in photos, with her long black hair,” showed up in his fitting room in the flesh and began trying on gowns, “she looked amazing,” Mackie recalls. A couple of years later, when the popular singing duo hired Mackie as the costumer for their own variety show, it was the beginning of a magical professional collaboration between a…

5 min.
starring cher

WATCH OUT, WORLD, director Robert Altman warned in early 1982. As a newly minted film actress, Cher, the former TV star and perennial pop chart-topper he was working with on his next movie, “will surprise audiences in a positive way,” the renowned auteur said—and his crystal ball was correct. In October of that year, when Altman’s big-screen version of the Broadway show Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean premiered in the U.S., film critic Roger Ebert was among those to be impressed by the singer’s acting chops. As a sassy cocktail waitress in small-town Texas—a role she had honed in the stage production—Cher’s “performance here is a revelation,” Ebert wrote. That there was more to Cher than revealing costumes and her patented deadpan demeanor was up…