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May 3, 2005 | Howard Gensler gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services, Kevin Bevan and Ellen Gray contributed to this report
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.
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June 26, 1991 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 11, 1989 | By Barbara Beck, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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August 19, 1989 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributors to this report include the Associated Press, Reuters and USA Today
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.
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June 11, 1987 | By DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer
"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.
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July 12, 1999 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR THE INQUIRER
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")
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May 30, 1988 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 24, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
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.
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November 26, 2010 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
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.
NEWS
December 22, 1987 | By ETHLIE ANN VARE, Special to the Daily News
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)
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November 6, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Taylor the great and powerful Welp, she did it. As everyone knew she would. In its very first week of general availability, the album 1989 by Wyomissing's own Taylor Swift enjoyed about 1.287 million in sales, splaying her atop the Billboard Top 200 album chart. That's a-MAY-zing in these days of dying album sales - that any album would sell a million total, let alone in its first week. It's the biggest-selling album released this year, after just one week!, eclipsing Sam Smith 's In the Lonely Hour , which has sold a comparatively stinky 744,000.
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May 1, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Cher. Just. Is. The singer/actress, now 67, has been her own singular brand of spectacle since Sonny & Cher of the '60s. Her long career has embraced, in turn, Phil-Spector-style pop, thumping '70s kitsch, disco, hair-rock, mod burlesque, and Auto-Tuned house music, yet seldom in a manner you've heard elsewhere. Her quirky take on those genres and musical mood-swings was on full-feathered display Monday at Wells Fargo Center - to the delight of a packed house, which was equally delighted by Cher's supporting act, the indestructible Cyndi Lauper.
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April 27, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Back in the days of New Wave, say, 1983, Cyndi Lauper was viewed as pretty unusual. Her first record, She's So Unusual , went against the tide. Here was a diminutive, swaggering Brooklyn redhead with a high voice, higher energy - and a sophisticated pop album, recorded with barely known Philly musicians. "It was my debut record, so we weren't really under the microscope of the label," says Lauper, about to visit Philly with Cher for a Wells Fargo Center show on Monday. "We made that record exactly how we wanted it. " She's So Unusual sold 22 million copies worldwide, with its biggest hit, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," penned by Philly guy Robert Hazard, and the ballad "Time After Time," co-written with Rob Hyman of the Hooters.
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May 14, 2012 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Did Vince Johnston plot this for weeks? How he was going to get in, and eventually get on stage, at the 1985 Live Aid mega-concert at JFK Stadium? "I didn't even know I was going to Live Aid," said Johnston, a La Salle University student at the time. "We were all at this guy's house . . . A pickup truck comes pulling up. Somebody said, 'Let's go down.' " Most of the guys in the truck didn't try to get inside the concert, an all-day and all-night affair. "We were just tailgating, about 10 of us," Johnston said.
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September 15, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's time to pull your tuxedos and low-cut sequined dresses out of the mothballs. We are thiiiiis close to the start of everyone's favorite TV ballroom-dancing reality show, Dancing with the Stars ! How do we know we're thiiiiss close ? Why, not only because the 13th season steps off Monday - but also because chatter about the celebrity hoofers, particularly Chaz Bono , is moving faster than a quickstep. Bono, 42, who underwent a sex-change procedure after being born the daughter of the late singer Sonny Bono and his still-very-alive partner, Cher , now 65, appeared on Wednesday's Ellen DeGeneres talkfest to review his dance-capades in the early competition.
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June 9, 2011 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
A friend, upon hearing that The Belle of Amherst was in production at Rose Valley's Hedgerow Theatre, commented, "That thing is going to play until there's nothing left on Earth but Cher doing it for an audience of cockroaches. " That's a fairly accurate portrait of our species - Cher representing our pathological need for attention and poet Emily Dickinson the quiet delights of privacy. And even if Penelope Reed, Hedgerow's artistic director and poet channeler, doesn't have half Cher's half-life, her longevity in the title role gives her a serious claim on that postapocalyptic lead.
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May 19, 2011 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
WE LOST Franny two weeks ago. My sister was the middle child in our family, the fifth of nine kids, our mascot, moral compass and comedienne. I feel like I've lost a limb. Franny's death from cancer at 50 was so different from my mother's death, six months ago. Mom was 84, had endured many age-related maladies and spoke often of being ready to go to Jesus. I buried my face in her neck and cried a river when she died. But in the days afterward, I was startled by how quickly a sense of peace eased my grief.
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November 26, 2010 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
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.
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November 24, 2010 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
'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.
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