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Overview (4)

Born in El Centro, California, USA
Birth NameCherilyn Sarkisian
Nicknames The Goddess of Pop
The Queen of Reinvention
The Queen of Comebacks
The Queen of Camp
Empress of Pop
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The beat goes on ... and on ... and as strong as ever for this superstar entertainer who has well surpassed the four-decade mark while improbably transforming herself from an artificial, glossy "flashionplate" singer into a serious, Oscar-worthy, dramatic actress ... and back again! With more ups and downs than the 2008 Dow Jones Industrial Average, Cher managed to rise like a phoenix from the ashes each time she was down, somehow re-inventing herself with every decade and finding herself on top all over again. As a singer Cher is the only performer to have earned "top 10" hit singles in four consecutive decades; as an actress, she and Barbra Streisand are the only two Best Actress Oscar winners to have a #1 hit song on the Billboard charts. At age 62, Cher has yet to decide to get completely off her fabulous roller coaster ride, although she has threatened to on occasion.

The daughter of Arkansas-born Georgia Holt (the former Jackie Jean Crouch) and truck driver John Sarkisian, Cher was born in El Centro, California, on May 20, 1946. She has a sister, Georganne LaPiere. Cher is of Armenian heritage on her father's side, and of English and German, with more distant Irish, Dutch, and French, heritage on her mother's side. The father deserted the family when Cher was young, and her mother later married banker Gilbert LaPiere. Her mother, who aspired to be an actress and model, paid for Cher's acting classes. Cher had undiagnosed dyslexia, which acutely affected her studies; frustrated, she quit Fresno High School at 16 to pursue her dream. At that time, she had a brief relationship with actor Warren Beatty.

In 1962 Cher's life changed forever when she met the older-by-11-years Sonny Bono. He was working for record-producer Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood and managed to persuade Spector to hire Cher as a session singer, and she recorded backup vocals on Spector classics like "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and "Be My Baby." The couple's relationship evolved and they married on October 27, 1964.

At first Cher sang solo with Sonny behind the scenes writing, arranging and producing her songs. When the records went nowhere, Sonny decided they needed to perform as a team so they put out two songs in 1964 under the recording names of Caesar and Cleo ("The Letter" and "Baby Don't Go"). Again, no success. The changing of their names, however, made a difference and in 1965, they officially took on the music world as Sonny & Cher and earned instant rewards.

The now 19-year-old Cher and 30-year-old Sonny became huge hits following the release of their first album, "Look at Us" (summer, 1965), which contained the hit single "I Got You Babe". With the song catapulting to #1, they decided to re-release their earlier single "Baby Don't Go", and it also raced up the charts to #8. An assembly line of mild hits dotted the airwaves over the next year or two, culminating in the huge smash hit "The Beat Goes On" (#6, 1967). Between 1965 and 1972 Sonny & Cher charted a total of six "Top 10" hits.

The kooky couple became icons of the late '60s "flower power" scene, wearing garish garb and outlandish hairdos and makeup. However, they found a way to make it trendy and were embraced around the world. TV musical variety and teen pop showcases relished their contrasting styles -- the short, excitable, mustachioed, nasal-toned simpleton and the taller, exotic, unflappable fashion maven. They found a successful formula with their repartee, which became a central factor in their live concert shows, even more than their singing. With all this going on, Sonny still endeavored to promote Cher as a solo success. Other than such hits with "All I Really Want to Do" (#16) and "Bang, Bang" (#2), she struggled to find a separate identity. Sonny even arranged film projects for her but Good Times (1967), an offbeat fantasy starring the couple and directed by future powerhouse William Friedkin, and Cher's serious solo effort Chastity (1969) both flickered out and died a quick death.

By the end of the 1960s, Sonny & Cher's career had stumbled as they witnessed the American pop culture experience a drastic evolutionary change. The couple maintained their stage act and all the while Sonny continued to polish it up in a shrewd gamble for TV acceptance. While Sonny on stage played the ineffectual object of Cher's stinging barbs on stage, he was actually the highly motivated mastermind off stage and, amazingly enough, his foresight and chutzpah really paid off. Although the couple had lost favor with the new 70s generation, Sonny encouraged TV talent scouts to catch their live act.

The network powers-that-be saw potential in the duo as they made a number of guest TV appearances in specials and on variety and talk shows and in what was essentially "auditioning" for their own TV vehicle. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971) was given the green light as a summer replacement series and was an instant sensation when it earned its own time spot that fall season. The show received numerous Emmy Award nominations during its run and the couple became stars all over again. Their lively, off-the-wall comedy sketch routines, her outré Bob Mackie fashions and their harmless, edgy banter were the highlights of the hour-long program. Audiences took strongly to the couple who appeared to have a deep-down sturdy relationship. Their daughter Chaz Bono occasionally added to the couple's loving glow on the show. Cher's TV success also generated renewed interest in her as a solo recording artist and she came up with three #1 hits during this time ("Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves," "Half-Breed" and "Dark Lady").

Behind the scenes, though, it was a different story. A now-confident Cher yearned to be free of husband Sonny's Svengali-like control over her life and career. The marriage split at the seams in 1974 and they publicly announced their separation. The show, which had earned Cher a Golden Globe Award, took a fast tumble as the separation and divorce grew more acrimonious. Eventually they both tried to launch their own solo variety shows, but both failed to even come close to their success as a duo. Audiences weren't interested in Cher without Sonny, and vice versa.

In late June of 1975, only three days after the couple's divorce, Cher married rock musician Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band. That marriage imploded rather quickly amid reports of out-of-control drug use on his part. They were divorced by 1977 with only one bright outcome -- son Elijah Allman.

In 1976 Sonny and Cher attempted to "make up" again, this time to the tune of a second The Sonny and Cher Show (1976). Audiences, however, did not accept the "friendly" divorced couple after so much tabloid nastiness. After the initial curiosity factor wore off, the show was canceled amid poor ratings. Moreover, the musical variety show format was on its way out as well. Once again, another decade was looking to end badly for Cher.

Cher found a mild success with the "top 10" disco hit "Take Me Home" in 1979, but not much else. Not one to be counted out, however, the ever resourceful singer decided to lay back and focus on acting instead. At age 36, Cher made her Broadway debut in 1982 in what was essentially her first live acting role with "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean". Centering around a reunion of girlfriends from an old James Dean fan club, her performance was critically lauded. This earned her the right to transfer her stage triumph to film alongside Karen Black and Sandy Dennis. Cher earned critical raves for Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), her first film role since 1969.

With film #2 came a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win for her portrayal of a lesbian toiling in a nuclear parts factory in Silkwood (1983), starring Meryl Streep and Kurt Russell. This in turn was followed by her star turn in Mask (1985) as the blunt, footloose mother of a son afflicted with a rare disease (played beautifully by Eric Stoltz). Once again Cher received high praise and copped a win from the Cannes Film Festival for her poignant performance.

Fully accepted by this time as an actress of high-caliber, she integrated well into the Hollywood community. Proving that she could hold up a film outright, she was handed three hit vehicles to star in: The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Suspect (1987), and Moonstruck (1987), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Along with all this newfound Hollywood celebrity came interest in her as a singer and recording artist again. "If I Could Turn Back Time (#3) and the Peter Cetera duet "After All" (#6) placed her back on the Billboard charts.

During the 1990s Cher continued to veer back and forth among films, TV specials and expensively mounted concerts. In January of 1998, tragedy struck when Cher's ex-husband Sonny Bono, who had forsaken an entertainment career for California politics and became a popular Republican congressman in the process, was killed in a freak skiing accident. That same year the duo received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their contribution to television. In the meantime an astounding career adrenaline rush came in the form of a monstrous, disco-flavored hit single ("Believe"). The song became a #1 hit and the same-titled album the biggest hit of her career. "Believe" reached #1 in 23 different countries.

Having little to prove anymore to anyone, Cher decided to embark on a "Farewell Tour" in the early part of the millennium and, after much stretching, her show finally closed in 2005 in Los Angeles. It didn't take long, however, for Cher to return from this self-imposed exile. In 2008, she finalized a deal with Las Vegas' Caesars Palace for the next three years to play the Colosseum, and has since returned live on numerous "farewell" tour extravaganzas. Never say never. Cher looked like she was going to returned films with her co-starring role opposite Christina Aguilera in Burlesque (2010), but has since only provided a glitzy cameo in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018).

In other facets of her life, Cher has been involved with many humanitarian groups and charity efforts over the years, particularly her work as National Chairperson and Honorary Spokesperson of the Children's Craniofacial Association, which was inspired by her work in Mask (1985).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Family (4)

Spouse Gregg Allman (30 June 1975 - 16 January 1979)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Sonny Bono (27 October 1964 - 26 June 1975)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Children Elijah Allman
Chaz Bono
Parents Sarkisian, John
Holt, Georgia
Relatives Georganne LaPiere (sibling)

Trade Mark (3)

Deep contralto vocals
Perm hairstyles.
Powerful, soulful voice

Trivia (79)

Has 2 sons: Chaz Bono (b. March 4, 1969) with 1st ex-husband, Sonny Bono & Elijah Allman (b. July 10, 1976) with 2nd ex-husband, Gregg Allman.
Diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 30.
Had started dating producer David Geffen after she and estranged husband Sonny Bono split up.
At one time, was living with rock musician Gene Simmons of KISS.
Her half-sister, Georganne LaPiere, was the first wife of Michael Madsen.
Was offered the role of Thelma Dickinson in Thelma & Louise (1991), which went to Geena Davis.
Ex-half-sister-in-law of Michael Madsen and Virginia Madsen.
Cher's father was of Armenian ancestry. Cher's mother had English and German, with more distant Dutch, French and Irish ancestry. Cher's mother reportedly had Cherokee ancestry as well, but it is not clear if this ancestry has ever been verified or documented.
Her legal name has changed numerous times throughout her life. She was born as Cherilyn Sarkisian, and in 1961 her legal name was changed to Cheryl LaPiere after her stepfather formally adopted her. After her two marriages she had up to four last names, Sarkisian LaPiere Bono Allman, though accounts differ whether she was still using her birth father's last name and if her legal first name was Cherilyn or Cheryl. In 1979 she legally shortened her name to Cher, with no surname.
Beat out Céline Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" for the best-selling single of 1998 with "Believe".
Wanted to play Morticia Addams in The Addams Family (1991), but the role went to Anjelica Huston.
Her favourite makeup artist, Kevyn Aucoin, died in 2002 of a brain tumor.
Mostly lived in London, England in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She now lives in Malibu, California.
Holds the record for the the longest gap between #1 hits ("Dark Lady" 1974, "Believe" 1999).
Holds the record for oldest female artist with a #1 hit ("Believe").
Son, Elijah Allman, fronts the band Deadsy.
Is tying with Mako as the Oscar-nominated actor throughout history with the shortest name. Technically wins, as her name is only one syllable and is her actual legal name.
Suffers from fear of flying.
Cher's very first recording was the novelty record "Ringo, I Love You", under the name of Bonnie Jo Mason in 1963.
Her parents married and divorced three times.
She won a Grammy Award in 2000 for the song "Believe" and an Emmy Award in 2003 for a special on her farewell concert tour.
Spoke the eulogy at ex-husband Sonny Bono's funeral.
Ranked #43 on VH1's "100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll".
Wore braces as an adult.
Her 1999 hit single "Believe" was ranked #60 on VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs.
A 2002 Rolling Stone article estimated her wealth at over $600 million. Since then she has embarked on a hugely successful farewell tour that is still going and released a greatest hits CD that has spent weeks in the the Billboard Top 10.
Is a huge fan of Katharine Hepburn.
Although her music video "If I Could Turn Back Time" is often cited as the first video to be banned by MTV, this is not true. The Rolling Stones ("Neighbors"), Ramones ("Psychotherapy") and Laura Branigan all had videos banned several years beforehand.
Mother Georgia Holt was a huge fan of Lana Turner and named her daughter Cherilyn in honor of Turner's daughter, Cheryl Crane.
Is the only certified female performer in music history to have had a US #1 single in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
She and Barbra Streisand are the only two female performers in the United States to have had a #1 hit and won a competitive Oscar.
Has appeared solo on the cover of People magazine a near record 13 times.
In addition to her Oscar and Emmy wins, Cher won a 2000 Grammy for the song "Believe" as Best Dance Recording.
American-born Cher is the most famous Hollywood personality of Armenian ethnicity. Acclaimed Russian-born filmmaker Sergei Parajanov is the most famous non-Hollywood Armenian cinema personality.
In a recent poll, A&E's Biography Magazine ranked her as people's Number 3 favorite actress of all time behind her two Hollywood idols, Katharine Hepburn and Audrey Hepburn.
She was the subject of an episode of The X-Files (1993) called "The Post-Modern Prometheus" (5X06; first aired November 3, 1997). This episode concerned a deformed man who adored Cher because of her role in Mask (1985), in which her character cared for her deformed son. Several Cher songs appeared on the soundtrack of this episode, including "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" and "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore". At the end of the episode, Mulder and Scully take the Cher fan to a Cher concert, where they hear her sing her cover of "Walkin' in Memphis". Cher, a huge fan of "The X-Files", was asked to play herself in this scene but declined the producers' offer. However, she revealed on The X-Files Movie Special (1998) that once the episode aired, she regretted not having appeared in it.
Was called to be offered the role in The Witches of Eastwick (1987) on the morning of her 40th birthday.
Her Oscar-winning part in Moonstruck (1987) was originally offered to Sally Field, who turned it down.
She has had rhinoplasty and other cosmetic surgeries and occasionally refers to herself as the "Poster girl for plastic surgery".
From 2002-2005, she has had an immense success with her "Living Proof Farewell Tour", spanning the globe, making her the world's top diva. She also holds the record for longest-running tour and most money grossed than any female artist in history.
Is one of only six actors/actresses to have both a number one single and an Oscar for acting. The others are Frank Sinatra (1954), Barbra Streisand (1968), Judy Garland (Honorary Oscar) (1940), Jamie Foxx (2005) and Bing Crosby (1945).
All of her Emmy nominations have been for variety series or music programs with her name in the title.
Ranked #26 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Good friends with Meryl Streep.
Auditioned for the role of Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde (1967), which went to Faye Dunaway.
She and Sonny Bono made a film for Columbia Pictures, Good Times (1967), but it was such a flop that Columbia immediately sold rights to their intended follow-up film, Speedway (1968) to MGM as a vehicle for Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra.
Was in consideration for the role of Lilly Dillon in The Grifters (1990) but Anjelica Huston, who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
Born at 7:25 AM (PST).
In her 1974 divorce from Sonny Bono, he was ordered to pay her $25,000 per month for 6 months, $1,500 per month child support and ordered to pay $41,000 for her attorney's fees. Their liquid assets were otherwise split 50/50. She received their Bel Air mansion, Bono received an Aspen condo, Palm Springs house and another Los Angeles dwelling.
Her birthday card is the Queen of Clubs.
Daughter born Chastity Bono underwent gender reassignment surgery to become a man in 2009. He changed his name legally to Chaz Salvatore Bono in April 2010 and is billed as Chaz Bono.
The singer's video "If I Could Turn Back Time" (1989) (by Diane Warren) was filmed aboard the (now decommissioned) USS Missouri (BB-63) ("Mighty Mo" or "Big Mo") in Long Beach (California) and featured (in cameos) Cher's son Elijah Allman and (his father/her ex) Gregg Allman as backing guitarists. Directed by Marty Callner.
Prior to giving birth to her son Chaz Bono, she suffered four miscarriages.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 7020 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on May 15, 1998.
According to an interview on Good Morning Britain (1983), was rejected as being too old to play Robert Redford's love interest in Legal Eagles (1986) even though she's ten years younger than Redford.
Engaged to television producer Joshua Donen (1984-85).
Considers her performance as Rusty Dennis in Mask (1985) to be her finest work onscreen.
Cher's most serious relationship outside her two marriages has been with Rob Camilletti, an 18-years-younger bagel baker she lived with from 1986 to 1989 and sporadically rekindled their romance off and on until at least 2001. She has also dated (in alphabetical order): Warren Beatty, Eric Clapton, Tom Cruise, Les Dudek, Ron Duguay, Alan Gorrie, John Heard, Mark Hudson, Val Kilmer, Ray Liotta, John Loeffler, Tim Medvetz, David Paich, Richie Sambora, Michael Seitz, Eric Stoltz and Ron Zimmerman. Some reports once linked her to Michael Bolton, but she categorically denied this on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) in 2010. Rumours also circulated that Cher was romantically involved with a member of her band during the Farewell Tour.
She and Sonny Bono were among many of the celebrities who made regular weekend visits to Ralph Helfer's Africa U.S.A. Exotic Animal Ranch in Soledad Canyon, California to pitch in with the chores and to play with the animals.
When she won her Best Actress Oscar for Moonstruck (1987) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on 11 April 1988, she was seated next to her son, Chaz Bono - then daughter Chastity - and her then-partner, Rob Camilletti.
Songwriter Bobby Russell had initially offered the song "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" to Cher for her to record. However, when he brought a demo recording to her she was out shopping and asked her husband Sonny Bono to listen to it. After listening to it, Sonny told Russell that he not only would he allow Cher to do the song, but he also thought it would cause her to lose fans in the south. Russell wound up giving the song to his then wife Vicki Lawrence who not only had a hit with it, but it wound up topping the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks and sold over a million copies.
Sonny Bono and Cher did a promotional still for the film Good Times (1967) dressed in prehistoric caveman and cavewoman attire sitting atop Ralph Helfer's Indian elephant Misty.
Was the 96th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Moonstruck (1987) at The 60th Annual Academy Awards (1988) on April 11, 1988.
Is one of 16 actresses to have won both the Best Actress Academy Award and the Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe for the same performance; hers being for Moonstruck (1987). The others, in chronological order, are: Judy Holliday for Born Yesterday (1950), Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins (1964), Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl (1968), Liza Minnelli for Cabaret (1972), Glenda Jackson for A Touch of Class (1973), Diane Keaton for Annie Hall (1977), Sissy Spacek for Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Jessica Tandy for Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Helen Hunt for As Good as It Gets (1997), Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love (1998), Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line (2005), Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose (2007), Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Emma Stone for La La Land (2016) and Olivia Colman for The Favourite (2018).
Is one of 16 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of California. The others are Fay Bainter, Gloria Grahame, Jo Van Fleet, Liza Minnelli, Tatum O'Neal, Diane Keaton, Sally Field, Anjelica Huston, Jodie Foster, Helen Hunt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Marcia Gay Harden, Brie Larson and Regina King.
She lives by her mother Georgia Holt's rule-of-thumb life lesson: "If it doesn't matter in 5 years, it doesn't matter".
When she first heard Diane Warren's demo for "If I Could Turn Back Time", she detested the song and firmly rejected it. It was only after much encouragement and badgering from the songwriter that she agreed to record it. The fact that Warren agreed to fund the recording session also helped clinch the deal, and Cher nailed the recording after just two takes.
She is mentioned together with Sonny Bono in Shawn Mullins' "Lullaby" (1998).
Studied acting with Jeff Corey before entering the music industry.
Cher has admitted having a lesbian affair in her mid-teens.
In early 1999, she and Jennifer Aniston were set to play mother/daughter con artists in Heartbreakers (2001), but scheduling conflicts arose during the prolonged pre-production process. Aniston's commitment to Friends (1994) and Cher's commitment to the Believe Tour meant both had to drop out of the movie. Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt replaced them.
In early 2009, she and Johnny Knoxville were attached to star in a comedy called "The Drop Out". The film would have featured Knoxville as a 30-something slacker who gets kicked out of his parents house and decides to shack up with the cougar next door, to be played by Cher. No reason given as to why it wasn't made, but Cher was still holding a torch for the project as of late 2010.
Pulled out of Flint (2017), citing a family issue.
Her first live performance of "Believe" was on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) on November 18, 1998. It was so memorable CBS re-aired the episode in late 2007.
When she appeared on Graham Norton's show in October 2013, shortly after the death of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Norton pointed out the hashtag - #nowthatchersdead - that referred to Thatcher, but had been misconstrued as Cher's death.
Cher has had 4 Barbie dolls made in her likeness: Timeless Treasures Cher released in 2001, Blonde Ringmaster Cher, 70's Native American Cher, and 80's Cher, the latter three all being released in 2007. All four dolls were designed by Bob Mackie.
Declined the role of Mermia Holographic in "The Star Wars Holiday Special" (1978). The role was played by Diahann Carroll.
Her song "Believe" is believed to be a strong sound-alike for Jennifer Lopez "Waiting for Tonight".

Personal Quotes (30)

I don't like my voice that much. I think I'm a much better actress than singer. Singing is like going to a party at someone else's house. Acting is like having the party at your own house. When you go to someone else's house for a party, it's not your responsibility at all, but when you have the party at your own house, there's a lot of responsibility. Everyone has to have a good time. So for me, acting is deeper.
In this business, you have to be tough, and if someone pushes me really far, I can certainly be impossible. I've always said, "If you're nice, they walk over you, and if you stand up for yourself, they call you a bitch.".
I'm not a role model, nor have I ever tried to be a role model. The only thing about me as a role model is I've managed to stay here and be working and survive. For 40 years.
I'm like a bumper car. When I did an infomercial I was fodder for every TV comedy show. I couldn't get a job. People said I was a huge joke. I've been a joke so many times. I've been on my way out since I started, but I'm strong-willed. My mother is so much tougher than I am and my grandmother is so much tougher than my mother.
I haven't a clue why I've lasted so long. There's no reason. There are many people more talented than me. I think it's luck.
[People magazine, 9/1/85] I was a shy ugly kid who led a big fantasy life. I thought I was an angel sent from heaven, to cure polio. When Dr. Salk [Jonas Salk] did that I was really pissed off.
The trouble with some women, they get all excited about nothing - and then they marry him.
The only grounds for divorce in California are marriage.
[on friendship] I can trust my friends... these people force me to examine myself, encourage me to grow.
[on truth] Honesty makes me feel powerful in a difficult world.
[on spirit] Women, unlike most men, are able to accept mystery, accept whatever comes to them -- even if it's not logical.
[on Meryl Streep] She's an acting machine in the same sense that a shark is a killing machine. That's what she was born to be.
I think men are fun and nice, but I don't think they're necessary to live. Chastity has a nice father, I think Sonny is a decent father. Elijah's father is absolutely useless. He's not worthwhile at all. He hasn't called Elijah in two years.
Men aren't necessities, they're luxuries.
[on Madonna] I never hated her, I just thought she was a bitch. Actually, I quite respect her. Actually, I think Madge might be one of the most amazing artists I've known. I don't like everything she does, for sure, but she is always riding the crest of the wave. She always saw trends WAY before anyone else, and had great videos.
I love ghosts, I prefer ghosts to some people.
I don't think of myself as a singer. I don't have that kind of confidence. I want to put on a show. I want to dazzle people. For me, everything goes through my eyes first. Even when I did 'The Star Spangled Banner' I was wondering : What should I wear?
[on why she dates younger men] Older men rarely liked me. If it wasn't for younger men, I would never have a date.
[on Warren Beatty] Warren has probably been with everybody I know, and unfortunately I am one of them. But since I was only 16 maybe I can get out of it with that. I don't know if I was a bimbo then, but I had pretty low self-esteem.
It mystifies me that people would care what I do to my body... Just because you become famous shouldn't deter you from doing what you want with your life.
[on her debut single, "Ringo I Love You"] I sounded too much like a boy. Everyone thought it was a faggot song.
[her reaction to Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election] It's like there's a death in my family.
[on her relationship with her transgender son] We're in the best place we've ever been since she was young. And I have to say 'she' because Chastity was a 'she' then and I have to make the distinction with Chaz as he is now. But it's starting to be nice because we're creating memories now and we've actually had the most fun together lately than we've had in forever.
[on if she had a hard time on Chaz's gender change] Oh yes, I had a hard time. I didn't have a hard time in the beginning when Chaz came to see me and told me, 'This is what I want to do.' I said, 'Well, if you're miserable, then you've got to do it.' But then as it was starting to happen, you know, it's a strange change for a mother to go through.
[on her support for the Armenian Genocide epic The Promise (2016)] Adolf Hitler said 'If they don't remember the Armenians, they won't remember the Jews'. We cannot let this happen to another group of people.
[before singing "We All Sleep Alone" at a June 3, 1989 concert] I just broke up with my boyfriend, so this next song is particularly meaningful to me.
[on Bill Maher] Fuck him.
I've worked my whole life to keep my strength in my body. There are 20-year-old girls who can't do what I do.
[on Donald Trump] I hate to even call him a president because all he does is watch TV.
People who just disagreed with each other before are now enemies.

Salary (6)

Silkwood (1983) $150,000
Mask (1985) $500,000 + 5% gross points
The Witches of Eastwick (1987) $1,000,000
Suspect (1987) $1,000,000
Moonstruck (1987) $1,000,000
Mermaids (1990) $4,000,000

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