Even at her most artificial, Cher has always felt real. Now comes the headline: At the age of 67, Cher's going on tour! The exclamation point goes with the headline. Her Dressed to Kill tour kicks off in Phoenix next March.
And I say:"You go, girl! After all the plastic surgery and ridiculous costumes, I still root for her.
I feel as if, along with Gloria Steinem, she led us through "the change" -- from being magician's assistant to magician, superhero's girl sidekick to superhero, Tina to Ike, secretary to boss, cheerleader to athlete. She started as arm candy and emerged as a star in her own right and on her own terms, strutting her anatomy decades before Miley stuck out her tongue.
In my family, some of us even been known to dress up like her for Halloween. A true homage.
ROSEMARY HARRIS: And I'll be getting tickets! Cher is my idol. And for all the reasons you so eloquently (must be a writer...) listed.
She's reinvented herself countless times - and you get the feeling it's not because some some exec advised her to. She seems fearless and I love that. I can still watch Mask and cry and Moonstruck and laugh out loud. "Snap out of it!"
Years ago, I saw her in a small shoe store on Rodeo Drive, she was sweet. Stephane Kelian. I wanted to buy the same boots she was trying on.
But she's had plastic surgery...really? ;-)
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: LOVE CHER. Oh, my goodness. Don't we remember her with the weird Sonny-- and she was the coolest, the smart one, right? And that voice! She's brave and hilarious. And incredibly talented.
My sister is a caterer, and handled a few events for her--she said Cher eats Cheetos and hot dogs, all kinds of junk food, and that her face close up is PERFECT, but sculpted for makeup. My sister was blown away with admiration and affection.
Oh, I wish we had tickets, too. Ro, we hope for a full report! And would that we're even close to that cool when we're 67. (Which will be soon...)
RHYS BOWEN: When I saw the newscast that she was going on tour and saw her again on TV,
I blurted out to John "But she's my age!" And still looks young and sexy.
I'm sure she's had facelifts etc, but that great bone structure makes her look fabulous. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that she's still working. After all, I'm still working and don't intend to slow down any time soon.
I had just started working at the BBC in London when there was buzz about a new young singer called Cher. Then she joined Sonny and I remember thinking WHY? Why take a step down from being a serious singer to being half of a goofy comedy team. Of course he was so small and unassuming that she looked even more glamorous and gorgeous. And I did love I've got you, babe.
Also it's so reassuring that women of sixty plus are not automatically expected to wear granny shoes and sit at home doing knitting. It's great that society admits we can still be vibrant and useful and even sexy.
LUCY BURDETTE: I love Cher too, and wish her the best. (Though I also love the other women/icons you mentioned Hallie.)
Moonstruck is one of my all-time favorite movies--I need to watch it again. Loved her duets with Sonny!
I have to tell you, if you're ever in Key West on a Monday for happy hour, you must come to the Aqua nightclub on Duval Street. Two of the drag queens do an absolutely hysterical rendition of Sonny and Cher singing "I've got you babe"...not to be missed. Here's Randy Thompson, aka Victoria, doing his/her half of the song--he is a character in TOPPED CHEF too!
DEBORAH CROMBIE: All you Cher fans, are you watching The Voice this season???? Cher is mentoring the singers on Blake Shelton's team.
From what I've seen so far, she is funny, down-to-earth, and sharp as a tack. She also seems genuinely interested in helping the singers improve. Her advice is spot on. And yes, she's still glamorous, but with her bone structure I think she'd have looked even more fabulous WITHOUT the plastic surgery...
JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING: I'm so jealous! I had no idea so many of you have had actual Cher
I remember watching the Sonny and Cher show as a kid, sitting on my grandmother's battleship-sized sofa in my flannel nightgown (kids had to bathe before TV in those days.) Three generations watching (and other variety shows like Donny and Marie and The Carol Burnett Show) and everyone enjoying it. Good lord, it sounds like Laura Ingalls Wilder recalling hoe-downs on the prairie, compared to today. I had a friend who had long straight black hair lke Cher's and we were all envious.
I always loved the contrast between Cher's extreme glamour and her abilities as a comedienne. She was, and is, very, very funny. It's also amazing when you think what her career has straddled - starting as a singing act and going into a TV variety show was the sort of thing Dinah Shore did back in the fifties. Yet here she is in the Internet age, tweeting like a madwoman and releasing electronic dance music. You go, girl.
HALLIE: So please, share your memories of Cher! Have you seen her perform? Did her acting or singing or outspokenness speak to you at some time in your life?