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The Cher Bio

The Cher Review –

by Nate Lee

Best Film:


Though Silkwood, Tea with Mussolini and Mask are great films, there is no question that Moonstruck has as its core the vibrant blue-collar brilliance of Cher.

Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
Tea with Mussolini (wealthy singer in fascist WWII Italy)

Come back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean (Golden Globe-nominated performance as a waitress at a reunion of James Dean Fan Club)

If These Walls Could Talk (directed one of three stories on abortion, and plays a doctor)
Mask (Golden Globe-nominated performance as a biker mom defending the rights of her "elephant man" son, Eric Stolz)

Moonstruck (Oscar and Golden Globe-winning performance caught in an Italian love triangle in Brooklyn, mostly on the side of Nicolas Cage)

The Witches of Eastwick (with Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer, conjures up the devil, aka Jack Nicholson)

Silkwood (Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated performance as Meryl Streep's lesbian roommate)

Suspect (D.C. public defender representing deaf mute Liam Neeson with the illegal help of Dennis Quaid)

Mermaids (eccentric mother of Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci)
The Real Cher:
Tea with Mussolini >

As an American icon of sorts, Cher has played herself in several films, none more entertaining than in Stuck on You with Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear. Ironically, though, it is her lovely performance in Zeffirelli's autobiographical Tea, that resonates. She happens to be a widower, extreme dresser, philanthropist, singer, friend and advocate of women's and gay rights, and outspoken personality - in the movie, that is.
Acting Style:
Though she's not exactly sedate in Moonstruck or Silkwood, her most successful performances, she is far from the Cher personality that often makes its way into her characters, as it does with any pop star. The second tier – Mask and Witches – she has some Cher, but there is still serious acting going on there. Then, in Mermaids and Tea, the eccentric free spirit comes out, and somehow that seems the most fun, even though that's Cher up on the screen, and not whomever she's playing.
Bits and Quirks:
Often imitated but never duplicated. The swagger. The twenty-first century Mae West blue-collar sensuality and toughness. The unique voice, nasally yet deep and sexy, and when singing, so big. The slouch, or off-kilter hand on hip pose. The heavy accents. And always the big hair.
Great Scenes:
Tea With Mussolini

> The discussion in her room with Maggie Smith
> The escape
> The meeting with the older Luca
> Arguing about the painting
> The entrance in the café


> Slaps Nicolas Cage, with the famous line, "Snap out of it"
> The argument with Cage and the kiss and then being carried off to bed
> The argument with mom Olympia Dukakis about her "love bite"


> Dressing up as a mermaid, and driving off with the tail out, and sitting in the bathtub with the kids
> The dance scene together at the end
> The fight with Winona, the broken plate and the slap


> Tangling with the new principal while registering Eric Stoltz as Rocky

> Tangling with the new doctor
> Tangling with Rocky, and the torn baseball card
> Soothing Rocky when he has the headaches
> Dancing with Rocky around the campfire
> The graduation ceremony
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