She is certainly one of the greatest icons from the 60s, and has remained a superstar since that time with a series of infamous relationships and a slew of rumors following her, as the “Believe” diva, Cher, continues to draw on the world’s attentions.
Yes She Dated Tom Cruise
It took over twenty years but Cher finally confirmed that she had dated Tom Cruise back in the 80s when he was a rising star of 23 and she was at 39, old enough to be his mother. She also admitted that she had a thing for the Mission Impossible icon. At the time, Cher was looking great and Tom still had his baby face and looked more like 18 than 23. He probably got carded at the clubs they visited. But that’s okay. He could always say that he had his mom along with him.
Cher Meets Sonny
It was in 1962 that Cher and Sonny Bono met when Sonny was working for record producer Phil Spector. Cher was just starting out and would take any opportunity to move up in the music world so when Sonny offered her a job as a housekeeper she took it with the hope of getting closer to Spector. She gained work as a backup singer and appeared on such records as the Ronettes’, “Be My Baby.” She continued to advance in her career and famously made the unsuccessful single “Ringo, I Love You,” with Spector. At that time she was recording under the name of Bonnie Jo Mason.
Sonny and Cher Got Married
As a part of the hippie lifestyle and in line with the changing mores of the time, the couple decided to marry themselves which they did in a Tijuana hotel room, exchanging vows and $10 rings with each other’s name engraved inside. This was all done without benefit of clergy or in the presence of family, friends, or even witnesses. Cher was 18 at the time so at least she was legal.
Now married to her famous partner, the songwriter and singer, Sonny Bono, the two had a daughter together whom they named Chastity. She was their only child. They were probably hoping for the best for her morality wise which is why they chose that name. Chastity often appeared with her famous parents on the Sonny and Cher television show that aired from 1976 to 1977. Chastity actually got her name from the movie Chastity which had been produced by Sonny and Cher and in which Cher starred as a bisexual woman, eerily prescient of Chastity’s own struggle with her sexual identity years later.
Surprisingly, Bono was to later report to the press that theirs was less than an intimate relationship. He is quoted as saying years later, “We never had a good physical relationship.” He also graciously took credit as being the “lousy lover.” This lack of passion never seemed to have damped their career together which went from strength to strength nor was it ever obvious to those who saw them on stage.
As they rose to fame in the 60s, Sonny and Cher captured the attention of young people who identified with their garish clothing and weird hair styles, which they found cool. This changed however, when their monogamous lifestyle and anti-drug stance clashed with the changing times and did not fit in with the sexual revolution that was taking place as well as the rise of the drug culture.
The couple was said to have been having marital problems since 1972 but they maintained a united front up until 1974. This was important for them to keep their fan base together especially when they were airing their TV show. This all came apart however, when Sonny filed for separation citing irreconcilable differences and Cher countered with a divorce suit charging Sonny with “involuntary servitude” claiming that he was withholding money from her and depriving her of their shared earnings.
Cher Says No to Elvis
Appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman, Cher told Letterman that back in 1976 Elvis had invited her to his Las Vegas concert. She said of that invitation, “I was about to do it and thought ‘No, I don’t want to.’” She then told Letterman “I’ve regretted it ever since!” Of course in 1976 the King did not have long to live and was physically in bad shape. Nevertheless, it is quite possible that they would have made quite a power couple, at least, briefly.
Later, in interviews, Cher would speak positively about former husband Sonny as having encouraged her greatly, but as at the same time being very harsh on her. She would describe his treating her more like a “golden goose” than as a wife. “I forgive him, I think,” says Cher. “He hurt me in so many ways, but there was something. He was so much more than a husband – a terrible husband, but a great mentor, a great teacher.” She also gives Bono credit for convincing her that she would go far.
Cher’s Next Move
While in the process of divorcing Bono, Cher began a two year fling with record executive David Geffen whom she credits with helping to free her from her business arrangement with Sonny that forced her to work exclusively for his company, Cher Enterprises. Geffen was instrumental in getting Cher a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records for $2.5 million. She began recording under that label in 1975. Although her relationship with Geffen did not work out, many people say that it was Geffen that built Cher into a musical empire.
Cher’s Big Comeback
While the famous Bono couple was in the process of completing their divorce, Cher was constantly in the spotlight. This constant scrutiny by the press of her personal life took its toll on her causing her to want to get out of the public eye and finally have some privacy of her own. It was in 1979 however, that Cher engineered her comeback with the disco type album, “Take Me Home.” This led to her earning $300,000 a week entertaining in Las Vegas. This lasted up until 1982. During that time period she was also involved in other project.
She Marries Again
Her second marriage was to rock musician Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers. This occurred only four days after her divorce to Sonny was finalized. But living with Gregg was a little more than Cher could handle and due to his hard drug and alcohol fueled lifestyle she filed for divorce from him only nine days after they married. They reconciled shortly after which led to a second child for Cher, Elijah Blue, born in 1976. At this time she still had her TV show with Sonny but her marriage to Allman augmented her issues with her former husband leading to the cancelation of the show.
Cher began to appear more often in films. Following her Broadway success in Robert Altman’s “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” in 1982, she followed that with a movie version which was followed by her appearance in “Silkwood” (1983), the true story of Karen Silkwood who was a lesbian who worked at the Kerr-McGee plant in Cimarron, Oklahoma. In 1985 she appeared in the award winning film “Mask” about a boy who suffered from craniodiaphyseal dysplasia. She won the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
After her movie successes, Cher again became a famous star which inspired her to continue recording and releasing new albums, all of which went to the top of the charts. Following this she began her tour “Living Proof,” which lasted from 2002 to 2005 and was the highest-grossing music tour by a female artist. Three years later in 2008, she signed a contract for $180 million to headline the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for three years. This was her second trip to star in a show at Vegas.
Cher Returns to the Silver Screen
In 1988 Cher won the Oscar for Best Actress for the film “Moonstruck” in which she plays an Italian-American widow caught in a love triangle. Following this she took a break from films to concentrate on her music. In 2010 she accepted the role of a burlesque show owner in the musical “Burlesque,” which also starred Christina Aguilera and Kristen Bell. Although the film received mixed reviews, Cher was singled out for praise for her acting and singing abilities.
Audrey Hepburn Role Model
From an early age Cher had been fascinated by films and as a child had made Audrey Hepburn her role model after seeing her in the 1961 film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” She modeled herself after Hepburn in what she wore and how she behaved, and in the characters that she portrayed later in films.
Cher the Model
When she was in her teens her unique raven locks and general appearance attracted the attention of Vogue editor Diana Vreeland who saw her at a party for Jacqueline Kennedy. She then began working as a fashion model for the photographer Richard Avedon and appeared in Vogue in 1969. These shoots also enhanced her career as a singer.
She Managed to Offend the Navy
A 1989 video that Cher made for the song “If I Could Turn Back Time,” gained some controversy when the US Navy expressed its dismay of its content. In the video Cher appears singing to a group of sailors in a very scanty and provocative fishnet custom that the Navy found offensive. The video was shot on the USS Missouri and as a result, to this day the Navy does not allow any videos to be shot on the ships.
In 2016 Cher decided to auction off a substantial portion of her property from her Malibu home. Included in the auction were paintings, furniture and decorative pieces. Also included were several personal items that could be easily identified has having belonged to the star including jewelry and stage costumes. The auction brought in a total of $3.5 million and part of the proceeds went to the Cher Charitable Foundation. Some of these items were later sold on eBay for thousands of dollars. For example, Cher’s bed sold for over $80,000 and a necklace sold for $90,000.
She Always Stood Out in the Crowd
Cher was known for her unconventional behavior from an early age. Even for a young woman growing up in her era when the times they were a changing. She became infamous for her open and unabashed behavior, for dressing provocatively, for spontaneously giving performances during the school lunch hour for the other students. Even among her peers her dress was considered shocking, wearing midriff open tops when it was not yet the norm to do so. She definitely carried this out in her later life through her creating an image through the use of outfits and flamboyant behavior.
She Didn’t Believe in Herself
Even with the constant support of Sonny and his telling her that he knew that someday she would be a major success, Cher had difficulty sharing his faith in her. She admitted that she had always wanted to be famous, since she was a little girl, but had always felt herself to be unattractive and lacking talent. She once told a reporter, “I couldn’t think of anything that I could do…I didn’t think I’d be a singer or dancer. I just thought, well, I’ll be famous. That was my goal.”
Chastity Reveals Her Secret
When daughter Chastity was 18, she took the brave step of announcing to the world that she was in fact a lesbian. Thinking of what she had done, she later wrote: “As a child, I always felt there was something different about me. I’d look at other girls my age and feel perplexed by their obvious interest in the latest fashion, which boy in class was the cutest, and who looked the most like cover girl Christie Brinkley. When I was 13, I finally found a name for exactly how I was different. I realized I was gay.”
Not Chastity, Chaz
From lesbian to transgender, Chastity announced in 2008 her transition to Chaz and her now identifying as being a male. In a 2009 statement his publicist said, “It is Chaz’s hope that his choice to transition will open the hearts and minds of the public regarding this issue, just as his coming out did.” Chaz’s transition became legal in a 2010 California court ruling that granted his request for a gender and name change.
When Chaz revealed his decision to transition, Cher said that she was fully accepting. In later years however, it did seem to affect her. At one point she is quoted as saying that it was “a strange change for a mother to go through.” She even went so far as to ask her now son to leave his former message on his answering machine so that she could still hear him as a woman.
The Death of Sonny
In the same month that Cher and Sonny shared stars in Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, Sonny was killed in a horrendous skiing accident. Later that same year Cher published a book that revealed the “first-time” events in her life, many of which involved Sonny. Although the manuscript had been completed before Sonny’s death, she decided to include his fatal accident in the book. She had debated about including it but told a reporter later, “I couldn’t ignore it, could I? I might have if I cared more about what people think than what I know is right for me.”
It is not uncommon for celebrities to take advantage of opportunities to endorse products to advance their career and to gain income, but it is generally accepted that Cher has participated in some of the most bizarre endorsements of all time. For example, in 1994 she launched her own line of mail-order home products that have been described as resembling a sort of “medieval L.L. Bean.” She also produced infomercials for a line of skin and health care products which might have been the death of anyone else’s career.
Cher Against Trump
Cher was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. When President Trump was elected, she did not hesitate to voice her disdain. But it was generally known that she had not liked Donald Trump even before he ran for president. Cher expressed her disgust with Macy’s department store for selling his men’s clothing line saying that he was a racist and that they shouldn’t work with him. This prompted the Donald to hit back with his own tweet, saying that Cher “@cher should spend more time focusing on her family and her dying career!”
Although she’s always been considered quite a beauty, she’s had her share of help from plastic surgeons. Cher admits to having had her breasts done, her nose, porcelain veneers for her teeth, not to mention a facelift. In her words: “Yes, I have had a facelift, but who hasn’t? I have become the plastic surgery poster girl.” It is also been said but not confirmed that she has had ribs removed to narrow her waistline, been treated with Botox and fillers, and has used laser resurfacing to keep her appearance young. She’s also had a vampire facial.
Gregg Allman Dies
In May of this year Cher’s ex-husband Gregg Allman also died at the age of 69. Even though they were only together for four years she tweeted “Words are impossible, Gui Gui.” Over forty years ago Cher was already telling the press that despite their differences, nobody had ever made her as happy is Gregg. Cher also attended the funeral.
Cher as an Icon
That same month, Cher was presented with the Billboard Icon Award which named her as being “one of the most dominant figures in music and entertainment for more than six decades.” Her ability to easily switch genres has made her a leading musician for decades and someone with many devoted fans. In her acceptance speech she singled out her mother and Sonny for believing in her and seeing her as having potential which later resulted in her having a great career.
Dealing with Illness
The Epstein-Barr virus creates fatigue and has no known cure. Cher was diagnosed as suffering from this sickness in the 80s. Those who suffer from it report a severe lack of energy. It is known as being the virus that causes mononucleosis and is usually accompanied by fever and sore muscles. As recently as 2014 she was forced to cancel the end of her tour “Dressed To Kill” because of the effects of the disease. This has led many to express concern for her overall health and whether or not she is hiding the real state of her health.
Cher the Philanthropist
Cher has acted as an advocate for a variety of issues many of which she has also supported financially. Examples are research projects for patients’ quality of life, veteran’s rights, projects to support the poor and support for children. She does this through her nonprofit Cher Charitable Foundation. She also supports international projects including the Children’s Craniofacial Association, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and Operation Helmet. She participated in the HBO documentary about Syria’s White Helmets by singing her song “Prayers for the World” at the close of the film, with a chorus of children. She has also been instrumental in the fight against AIDS having hosted a number of events, working with the late Elizabeth Taylor at the Cannes Film Festival.
Cher and Her Mom
A documentary was produced by the Lifetime network in 2013 about Cher’s mom, Georgia Holt. It is centered on Cher and her family history and includes interviews with Cher, her mother Georgia, sister Georganne and children Chaz and Elijah Blue. The movie was released in conjunction with the release of Cher’s 25th studio album, “Closer To The Truth.” It was awarded the Women’s Image Network Award for Outstanding Show Produced by a Woman.
The Cher Fortune
Cher has a net worth of an estimated $350 million which she is reported to have begun to divide up among her heirs starting in 2017. Staring at her health problems and her own mortality, Cher bought homes for her children and proceeded to divide up her estate to give to her family. It is reported that her business manager and trustee, Warren Grant, transferred her interest in her $2 million Malibu home to her sister Georganne while she continues to live in her other Malibu home with her ailing mother.
The Almost Marriage
Between the years of 2008 and 2013 Cher was in a relationship with former Hell’s Angel Tim Medvetz who was 24 years younger than her. It is said that they came together over a mutual love of Harley motorcycles. Because of her touring, they went their separate ways in the middle of the relationship after the tour became too much for Tim to handle but Cher’s children brought them back together. Their plans to marry came apart later on.
Talent Appeared Early On
Cher demonstrated a special talent as early as the age of 10. While still in the fifth grade, she produced and started in her own performance of the musical, “Oklahoma!” She performed for her teacher and her classmates. She organized a group of girls whom she directed and choreographed. Cher was not able to get boys to participate so she single-handedly acted and sang all of the male parts. Because she has an exceptionally deep voice she was successful in pulling this off.
The fact that Cher suffered greatly from stage fright stopped Sonny from starting her as a solo act. The problem was resolved when they performed as a duo. It was from this that their great harmonies evolved. To get over her stage fright when the two appeared on stage, Cher would look at Sonny and this solved the problem. They started out in 1964 calling themselves Caesar and Cleo and released a number of failed singles.
Cher on Cher
Cher doesn’t love Cher. In a 2016 interview with Maria Shriver, Cher explained that she was not ever entirely satisfied with herself: “I’m never satisfied. I’ve never really been in love with Cher. She’s all right, but it’s like I’m not a huge fan.” She also admits that she knows that she’s a hard worker and her own worst critic. She says that when she sees herself in the mirror her first thought is, “Oh, I just see me.” According to Cher, the reason she made it in the music industry is that she never gave up.
The Force Behind Auto-Tune
Cher was one of the pioneers in the use of the audio enhancing tool Auto-Tune which is now used by thousands of artists to cut down studio time and enhance their recordings. In the recording of the hit song “Believe,” the producers, Brian Rawling and Mark Taylor realized that rather than using this technique to enhance her voice, by turning the speed setting to zero it would create a futuristic sound that is the basis of this iconic recording.
The Special Cher Style
Much of Cher’s success can be explained by her musical versatility. Never known to be one who stayed with one particular style her work can be associated with a variety of musical styles including punk rock, pop, disco, new-wave, arena rock, power ballads, and hip-hop. She has employed this wide variety of musical styles because she has constantly wanted, over the years, to remain relevant. As she explains it she has always wanted to “remain relevant and do work that strikes a chord.” Her voice is generally described as being contralto. The author Nicholas E Tawa has written about Cher’s voice, describing it as being “bold, deep, and with a spacious vibrato.”
Falling out With Other Son
Son Elijah Allman had been living in Cher’s home but they had a falling out leading to his moving out. Following this Elijah eloped with his now wife Angie, an act that was shunned by mother Cher who had previously held back her approval of their engagement. In son Elijah’s words: “I wasn’t going to wait for anyone’s approval and congratulations just like I’ve never waited for any of that my whole life. The way I eloped with my wife is the same way I’ve done everything I’ve ever done. I don’t know any other way and we knew it was the right time.” After the marriage Cher invited Elijah to her home for Christmas.
What a Figure
Cher has always kept herself in shape. Although many claim that her unique physique is due to plastic surgery, Cher has said that she works out regularly and sticks to a strict diet. Even as she approaches her later years, it is been said that she is a woman in her 70’s who has the body of someone in their 20’s. While receiving an award at the Billboard Music Awards, she told the audience that she can still do a five – minute plank work out.
She’s a Smarty
Although she was fairly young when she began her music career, this did not stop her from continuing to excel at her school work. She may not have been the perfect student but she is reported to have earned very high grades. This is especially true when it comes to her classes in English and French where she was known for being an exceptionally intelligent and creative individual.
Gene Simmons Dates Cher
In 1979 it was reported that Cher and Gene Simmons were having a relationship. It began when she asked him for an autograph for her daughter Chastity at a party. Theirs was an open relationship in which both chose to see other people. Cher is quoted at the time as saying of the affair, “He might spend the night with other women, I also have a very masculine attitude to dating, but Gene is the one I’m crazy about.” The relationship ended when Simmons fell for Diana Ross.
Early Career Cameos
Before she became a successful solo artist, Cher worked with Sonny under record producer Phil Spector. The two would be often used to perform backup vocals when Spector needed extra voices. As a result of this, she can be heard in several of Spector’s more successful recordings. She was featured in such hits as the Crystals’ “Da Do Ron Ron,” the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” and the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin.” It was also Spector who produced Cher’s first single, “Ringo, I Love You,” which turned out to be a flop.
What is Cher Worth?
Cher has been successful both as a singer and in films which has allowed her to build up an impressive net worth of $305 million. Because of her widespread appeal and variety of genres, she has built up a massive following and an absolute fortune. Cher has performed with great success in such films as Silkwood, Mask, and Moonstruck. She is also a regular feature performer at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, having replaced Celine Dion in 2008.
In general her earlier relationships with her mother were positive, but the family struggled and Cheryl would often need to move around the country with her mother Georgia Holt who was seeking employment. The situation would often get so bad that from time to time Georgia would leave the child at an orphanage and this would often last for weeks at a time. These were difficult times for both mother and child and it is well documented in several of Cher’s biographies. Of course now days the situation has drastically changed and thanks to Cher’s success and hard work, life is much easier for Cher and her mother.
The Letterman Show
For many years Dave Letterman had endeavored to get Cher to appear on his show but she would refuse. Finally in May of 1986 she appeared. When he asked her why she had taken so long to come on the show she responded by calling him an “a**hole.” Letterman seemed to genuinely appreciate her response and took out a cigar to show his satisfaction for her sheer boldness. He appreciated that Cher was only doing to him what he so often did to his other guests.
Kept Out of the Hall
In spite of the fact that she is the only recording artist to have had a number one recording in each of six straight decades, she has not been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But she refuses to let this bother her and is quoted as saying about it to CBS, “I don’t need to be in a hall to rock.”
Friendship with Meryl
Of the many celebrity friendships that Cher has she singles out her relationship to Meryl Streep as being one of her fondest. She was interviewed by US Weekly and described a time that the two were together in New York when they saved a young woman from being mugged. The two have also acted together most notably in the film Silkwood.
The Big Mistake
While making her acceptance speech at the Academy Awards after being selected for the Best Actress Oscar for her role in 1988’s Moonstruck, Cher was happy to give thanks to her makeup artist but forgot to mention director Norman Jewison. Following this she tried as best as she could to make up for the oversight by taking out a full page add in Variety to belatedly thank him.
After having much success with her hit single “Half Breed,” Cher discovered that she was in fact 1/16th Cherokee Indian on her mother’s side. Regardless of the successes of the recording and
her coming out as an Indian, members of the tribe objected to her wearing an Indian headdress in a TV video of the song. The single reached gold in the US selling over 1 million copies. It was from the album of the same name which also reached gold although it was not that well received by the critics.
Who is Cher Really?
She was born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro California to John Sarkisian, an Armenian-American truck driver with a drinking problem, and Jackie Jean Crouch who was of Irish, English, German and Cherokee descent. Her mother divorced her father and remarried Gilbert LaPiere. The new father adopted Cher giving her the new name of Cheryl LaPiere.
During a six decades career, Cher has released 25 albums. Among the most successful are Heat of Stone which reached 3X platinum and Believe which was released during her late 90s comeback. This album was certified 4X platinum in the US and sold over 10 million copies worldwide. It was at the time of the release of this recording that Cher began her Do You Believe? tour which turned out to be one of the highest grossing tours of a female artist ever.
In spite of the fact that Cher purports to exude a clean image, she got six tattoos when she was younger. Her first was in 1972 and the inspiration behind getting it was the shock factor. Starting in the 1990’s she began undergoing laser surgery to remove them and this continued well into the 2000’s. Her comment with regard to this is: “When I got tattooed, only bad girls did it: me and Janis Joplin and biker chicks. Now it doesn’t mean anything. No one’s surprised.”
Cher is also famous for having perfect skin and a youthful appearance. She has recently given her fans a glimpse into how she does this. She once said that she owed it to good genes, and that
“I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I eat really good food.” she now has revealed that she hires a team of five dozen people to work on her and to help her maintain her beauty. “It takes them two hours. That’s the truth,” she adds.
Back in the 70s when Sonny and Cher discovered that their musical career was not going the way that they had planned, they decided to take a chance at television, and began to appear in a show called The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. The show was a major success making Cher into a household name as well as the popular television personality. The show continued to receive Emmy award nominations, resulting in Sonny and Cher becoming stars all over again in a new media. It has been estimated that during its three year run, the show was watched by over 30 million viewers.
In 2017 it was announced that there was a Broadway show in production based on the life of Cher. It was said of the all-singing, all-dancing show that it would chronicle her life and feature
many of her successful songs. The show would span the time when she began work as a backup singer, include her relationship with Sonny, and continue from music to movies and onto Broadway giving fans an all around view of the icon’s life. Cher has promised her fans that the show will open on Broadway sometime in 2018.
Cher and Warren Beatty
It was rumored that Cher and famous actor and director Warren Beatty had at one time had a relationship which apparently ended as the results of a car accident that involved the two of them. Beatty admits that he was driving at the time and that the accident was his fault, but it was an especially scary experience for Cher who was only 16 years old at the time of the incident. Beatty, at 25 was nine years older than her. Cher has said that she was glad that the accident happened since she learned from it.
The Woes of Dyslexia
Cher dropped out of school when she was 16. She now admits that one of the reasons was because of struggles with reading and writing. It took to the age of 30 until she was diagnosed with dyslexia which she believes is the reason for her failure in school. She admits to having always received C’s and D’s, but says that she feels that she was let down by her teachers who failed to recognize her learning problem and left her undiagnosed.
The Queen of Social Media
While Cher is unquestionably known as the Queen of Pop, she has also become the Queen of social media! She has over 3 million followers on twitter and over 2 million on Facebook. She is so respected by the media that even Kim Kardashian uploaded a bunch of photos which she dedicated to Cher, on Instagram. Cher has shown us that age has nothing to do with popularity. Even at the age of 71 she is still one of the most popular celebrities in the social media pushing aside younger stars some even in their teenage years.
Failed TV shows
While for many years Cher has been a successful singing celebrity, she has also aspired to be an actor. Although she has been quite successful in this area as well, one of her dreams that went unfilled was to play the role of Morticia, in The Addams Family. This dream was never fulfilled, the role eventually going to Anjelica Huston. Regardless of this, Cher has acted in many TV shows and films so it is unlikely that she would’ve been too disappointed by missing out on this one role. After all, you can’t win them all.
The Leading Fashionista
Today many leading actors and artists are trying to outdo each other with the most outrageous outfit, think of Lady Gaga. It was actually Cher who started this trend. Back in 1986, she came to the Oscars wearing an amazing black headpiece that caught everybody’s attention, and in 1970 she wore a Native American magnificent style headdress that has been re-created many times. Whenever Cher would appear, she would create a controversy or at least have people talking about her appearance, keeping her in the tabloids and among the pop singer favorites.
It was during the 80’s that Cher made her Broadway debut and then starred in the film “Silkwood.” This film gained her a first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1983. Also starring were Meryl Streep and Kurt Russell which proceeded to bring Cher into the Hollywood community while working with these legends. Following this she went on to win over critics and to star in The Witches of Eastwick, Suspect, and Moonstruck for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
When you are as famous as Cher it is important to have at least some good friends that you can count on. For Cher it has been her personal assistant Paulette Betts who is her closest friend and confidant. Paulette was married to singer and guitar player Dickey Betts who founded the Allman Brothers Band. They were married for a few years in the 70s before divorcing and share a son named Duane.
The Shunning of Elijah
Cher’s son Elijah by Greg Allman has recently opened up about his troubled relationship with his mother in his early years when he felt that he was being shunned by being sent to boarding school at the age of seven. As a result of this, Elijah turned to drugs at an early age. He has noted that his past struggles growing up have made him think negatively about starting his own family. Speaking of his mother he notes that in spite of the past hardships, “You know, she’s really talented. She’s gorgeous — I mean, she’s Cher. What’s not to love?”