May 3, 2005 |
WE THOUGHT it would never happen, but after three years of her "Farewell Tour" and 325 "Farewell" shows, Cher finally said "Farewell. " The big finale, which included a dancing elephant, was Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl - before another sellout crowd. "I'm approaching 80," the 58-year-old Cher joked, "and if I did that thing everyone does, come back in five years, I'd be driving around in one of those carts, you know, the ones with the joysticks you see in Costco. " Like Cher's ever been in Costco.
June 26, 1991 |
Elgin Kenna wasn't even sure that the telegram he received a couple of years ago was really from Cher. It could have been a joke. Sure, that was it - a joke. Kenna, you should know, is a veteran performer in An Evening at La Cage, the critically praised, highly successful drag musical now in its seventh year at Bally's Park Place Casino Hotel. No other show in the history of the casino industry in Atlantic City has come close to that kind of longevity. But back to Kenna. You may have already guessed that his contribution to this show is, yes, Cher, or more correctly, "Cher.
July 11, 1989 |
Renee Sotile's obsession started when she was 7 years old. It came upon her like a revelation, one of those laser-bright moments that are usually reserved for religious conversion or falling in love or choosing political running mates. It happened in her parents' living room in Rochester, N.Y. Sotile remembers sitting in front of the family stereo with her brothers and sisters listening to "The Best of Sonny and Cher. " At that moment, Sotile's life changed. "It was just so amazing," she says.
August 19, 1989 |
MTV has decided that the new Cher video is too much of a good thing and will restrict its showing, beginning this weekend, to between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. "It's just a little too much tush for Saturday morning," MTV executive Abbey Konowitch said yesterday of "If I Could Turn Back Time. " In the video, released this summer, inquiring viewers can make out most of Cher's storied tattoos through a gauze-and-black-garter outfit. "When we accepted it, we felt it was borderline," said Konowitch.
June 11, 1987 |
"I'm the stereotypical witch," Cher says, scootched up on the couch in her Regency Hotel suite, nine floors above the genteel honking of stretch limousines and Rolls-Royces jockeying for position on Park Avenue below. "Witches are dark," she explains. "Witches have long black hair and ugly noses and, y'know, witches are weird. " Her long, black, curly hair swirls around her face like smoke. She is wearing a black bolero jacket, white slacks and white sandals with thin white straps that encircle her ankles, one of which sports a vertical blue tattoo.
July 12, 1999 |
In art, there is good camp and bad camp. Bad camp is a Disneyfied Las Vegas and Madonna buddying up to Rupert Everett. Bad camp has no irony, no psychic absorption, no iconography. Good camp is Aaron Spelling, the increased value of Warhol paintings, and, from the look and sound of Saturday's sold-out First Union show, Cher. Why was Cher great? Because she made distance and exaggeration work by staying cool singing schmaltzy grand-eloquent pop ("The Way of Love") and flamenco house tunes ("Dove L'Amour")
May 30, 1988 |
Georgia Holt clutched an amethyst crystal in one hand, a rose crystal in the other. She sat there in the big auditorium watching Paul Newman on stage, reciting the list of nominees: Cher, Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Sally Kirkland, Meryl Streep. And the winner for best actress at the 1988 Academy Awards . . . Cher. "It was so exciting, I can't begin to tell you," says Holt, who begins to tell you anyway. "It was beyond anything that I could have imagined. I had my crystals in my hands, and I had my book, Star Mothers, on my lap. And I was going, Please let her win, please let her win. " Georgia Holt, born Jackie Jean Crouch about 60 years ago in Kensett, Ark., is Cher's mother.
November 24, 2010 |
About 25 years ago, colleagues and contemporaries Cher and Meryl Streep walked out of "Silkwood" with a couple of Oscar nominations. Streep went on to earn many more, playing women who embraced a relatable, natural condition - plausible human aging. Cher, on the other hand, made "Moonstruck" and then underwent cryogenesis, or something like it, emerging recently to play a cabaret owner-performer in "Burlesque. " It's reported that she looks "fabulous," a euphemism to describe a state of preservation achieved via the vigorous application of medicine, makeup, photography and ostrich feathers.
November 26, 2010 |
This review originally appeared Wednesday. 'I will not be upstaged by some chick with mutant lungs!" shrieks Nikki (Kristen Bell) in Burlesque . Oh yes you will, my tippling kitten in the black lace catsuit. Oh yes you will. Those mutant lungs belong to Ali (Christina Aguilera), an improbably wholesome tease from Iowa, who works that corn-tassel hair and those brass pipes in ways that get her promoted from chorus line to headliner. Burlesque isa preposterousand intermittently entertaining lesson in how to make a movie musical with a little brains and a lot of talent.
December 22, 1987 |
What's happening in the world of video? Here's a wrapup of some new major- league contenders: Cher, "I Found Someone. " This could be retitled "Still Tacky After All These Years. " Cher, dressed in lingerie so tattered even Madonna wouldn't be caught wearing it in public, proceeds to steal from Virginia Madsen a boy too young even for that nascent film star. In the meantime, she sings a wearily Survivor-esque tune. The video was directed by Patrick Palmer, who also directs Cher's new feature film, "Moonstruck" (in which she falls yet again for a kid young enough to date her daughter Chastity)