Cher in Moonstruck (1988)
May 20, 1946
El Centro, California, USA
|Years active||1965 - present|
Cher is an American pop singer-songwriter, actor, director and record producer. Cher has appeared mainly in comedy, drama, and romance films. She has appeared in thirteen films, including two as a cameo. She has also appeared in one starring theater role, numerous television commercials and directed a piece of the motion picture If These Walls Could Talk in 1996 and some of her music videos of the Geffen-era in late 1980s and in early 1990s. Cher has starred in various international television commercials, as well as high profile print advertising for Lori Davis (1992). Before she started her film career, she had a couple of hits in the 1960s, as a solo artist, and with her ex-husband Sonny Bono as the couple Sonny & Cher.
Her first appearance as an actress was in 1967 in the American television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. as the model Ramona. That same year, she started her film career with Sonny Bono in the poorly received-film Good Times1 and later as a solo actress in the low budget feature Chastity. Since then she has starred in numerous independent and Hollywood motion pictures. She made her Broadway debut in Robert Altman's Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean in 1982.2 The play was a critical and commercial success and Cher received strong reviews for her stage work (even Rich called her "ingratiating") and paved the way for her to be cast in the film version the next year, that garnered her a Golden Globe nomination.3 She was next cast alongside Meryl Streep and Kurt Russell in the critically hailed drama Silkwood (1983) directed by Mike Nichols, inspired by the true-life story of Karen Silkwood, in which her character was a lesbian who worked in at the Kerr-McGee plant in Cimarron, Oklahoma. It was a commercial success and grossed $35 million in the United States alone. Cher then appeared in the drama Mask (1985) directed by Peter Bogdanovich and with Eric Stoltz, Sam Elliott and Laura Dern. The film is based on the life and early death of Roy L. "Rocky" Dennis, a boy who suffered from craniodiaphyseal dysplasia. The film was considered her first critical and commercial success as a leading actress and firmly established her as an actress. For her role as a mother of a severely disfigured boy, Cher won the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival.4
In 1987, she starred in three films: the thriller Suspect, with Dennis Quaid and Liam Neeson; the film has been credited for the high quality of acting despite the severe loopholes of the story. In particular, Cher, in the lead role, has received positive reviews. The fantasy film The Witches of Eastwick, with Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer; and the romantic comedy Moonstruck with Nicolas Cage and Olympia Dukakis. Moonstruck is also her most commercial success to date, grossing over 80$ million dollars in the United States alone. During 1989-1991, Cher refused many roles, like The War of the Roses, Thelma & Louise and The Addams Family for starred in the Richard Benjamin's Mermaids with Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder, and a then 9-year-old Christina Ricci. The film was a modest success with only 35$ million dollars in USA. Cher made cameo appearances in the Robert Altman films The Player (1992) and Prêt-à-Porter (1994). She starred in the poorly received film Faithful (1996) with Ryan O'Neal and Chazz Palminteri, in the role of the betrayed wife. Then, later in 1999, Cher co-starred in the well-received Franco Zeffirelli film Tea With Mussolini with Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright and Lily Tomlin. She had a minor appearance in the Farrelly Brothers comedy Stuck on You (2003) with Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear. She plays herself and Honey, a character of a TV series. She also spoofed her own image, appearing in bed with a high school boyfriend (Frankie Muniz).
Cher has also contributed music to films, like "Alfie", "After All" "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" and "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me". Cher has received many awards and nominations for her work in films. She was nominated six times for the Golden Globe Awards, winning it three times; in 1974 for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, in 1983 for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role in Silkwood and in 1987 for Best Actress in a Comedy for her role in Moonstruck. She was also nominated twice for the Academy Award, in 1984 for her role in Silkwood, and in 1987, when she won the Best Actress award for her role in Moonstruck.
|Year||Title||Character||Role||Movie Studio||US Box Office $|
|1965||Wild on the Beach||Herself (as part of duo Sonny & Cher)||Cameo||20th Century Fox|
|1967||Good Times||Herself (as part of duo Sonny & Cher)||Lead actress||Columbia Pictures|
|1969||Chastity||Chastity||Lead actress||American International Pictures|
|1982||Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean||Sissy||Supporting actress||Sandcastle 5 Productions
Mark Goodson Productions
|1983||Silkwood||Dolly Pelliker||Supporting actress||20th Century Fox||$35,615,6096|
|1985||Mask||Rusty Dennis||Lead actress||Universal Pictures||$48,230,1627|
|1987||Suspect||Kathleen Riley||Lead actress||Tri-Star Pictures||$18,782,4008|
|1987||The Witches of Eastwick||Alexandra Medford||Lead actress||Warner Bros. Pictures||$63,766,5109|
|1987||Moonstruck||Loretta Castorini||Lead actress||MGM||$80,640,52810|
|1990||Mermaids||Rachel Flax||Lead actress||MGM||$35,419,39711|
|1992||The Player||Herself||Cameo||Fine Line Features||$21,706,10112|
|1994||Prêt-à-Porter aka Ready to Wear||Herself||Cameo||Miramax||$11,300,65313|
|1999||Tea with Mussolini||Elsa Morganthal Strauss-Almerson||Supporting actress||Universal Pictures||$14,401,56315|
|2003||Stuck on You||Herself/Honey||Supporting actress||20th Century Fox||$33,832,74116|
|2010||Burlesque||Tess||Lead actress||Screen Gems||$39,440,65517|
|2011||Zookeeper||Janet the Lioness||Supporting voice actress||MGM||$80,360,84318|
|1967||Man from U.N.C.L.E., TheThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Ramona||Episode: "The Hot Number Affair"|
|1970||Sonny & Cher Nitty Gritty Hour, TheThe Sonny & Cher Nitty Gritty Hour||Herself|
|1971||Love, American Style||Herself||Episode: "Love and the Sack"|
|Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, TheThe Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour||Herself (co-host),
|Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Tied with Jean Stapleton for All in the Family
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special For episode on January 31, 1972
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series (1972, 1973, 1974)
|1972||New Scooby-Doo Movies, TheThe New Scooby-Doo Movies||Herself||Episode: "The Secret of Shark Island" (voice)|
|Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series|
|Sonny and Cher Show, TheThe Sonny and Cher Show||Herself (co-host),
|1978||Cher... Special||Herself (host),
|1979||Cher and Other Fantasies||Herself|
|1983||A Celebration at Caesar's Palace||Herself||CableACE Award – Actress in a Variety Program|
|1987||Superstars and their Moms||Herself|
|1990||Cher Extravaganza: Live at the Mirage||Herself|
|1996||If These Walls Could Talk||Dr. Beth Thompson||Also director (segment "1996")
Lucy Award for Innovation in Television
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|1999||VH1 Divas Live 2||Herself|
|1998||Sonny & Me: Cher Remembers||Herself|
|1999||Cher: Live at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas||Herself||Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program|
|Will & Grace||Herself||Episodes: "Gypsies, Tramps and Weed" and "A.I.: Artificial Insemination"|
|2002||VH1 Divas Las Vegas||Herself|
|2003||Cher: The Farewell Tour||Herself||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy|
|2013||TCM Friday Night Spotlight||Herself (co-host)||3 Episodes titled A Woman's World: The Defining Era Of Women In Films|
|Dear Mom, Love Cher||Herself||Also producer|
|The Voice||Herself (special advisor)||U.S. season 5|
|Dancing with the Stars||Herself (guest judge)||U.S. season 17, Episode 8|
|1984||Chicago Health & Racquetball Club||Gym Club||1||Cher working out||Instrumental song||United States|
|1985 1989||Jack Lalanne Spa||Gym Club||3||"If I Could Turn Back Time"||United States/Europe|
|1987 1988||Parfums Stern||Uninhibited||2||Beach and catwalk||Instrumental song||United States|
|1992||Equal||Sweetener||1||Cher talking about Equal||No song||United States|
|1992||Aquasentials Skin Care||Beauty line by Cher||1||Cher talking about Aquasentials||No song||United States|
|1995||Warner Music Group||It's a Man's World||1||Cher singing||"One by One"||United States/Europe|
|2013||Closer to the Truth||2||"Woman's World"
"I Hope You Find It"
- CherFitness: A New Attitude (1991) – Fitness video
- CherFitness: Body Confidence (1992) – Fitness video
- 9: The Last Resort (1996) – Adventure computer game
|1967||Bonnie and Clyde||Warren Beatty was making a gangster film, and he wanted to test Cher for the part of Bonnie, but later was turned down because Beatty begged Natalie Wood, his girl friend at the time, to play the role.19||Faye Dunaway got the part|
|1975||The Fortune||When Bette Midler was dropped from the Nicholson-Beatty comedy, Cher auditioned for the role of "Fredrika" but was turned down by Mike Nichols.20 "There are two kinds of girls in the world: the kind you wanna fuck and the kind you don't." He felt the role called for the latter and for him, Cher wasn't "suitable." "But I'm talented," she yelled. "If you can't see it now, you'll be sorry one day." Nine years later, Nichols cast Cher as Dolly Pelliker in Silkwood.21||Stockard Channing got the part|
|1976||King Kong||Cher auditioned for the part but was turned down.22 In an interview she said: "I did the test as a lark. I was pregnant at the time, or else I probably would have done it - just to work."21||Jessica Lange got the part|
|1976||A Star is Born||Cher was attached to star before Jon Peters and Barbra Streisand took over.23||replaced by Barbra Streisand|
|1979||The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh||Cher was originally cast as "Mona Mondieu", but she backed out at the last minute because she was unable to fit the shooting into her schedule.24||replaced by Stockard Channing|
|1983||Going to the Chapel||Cher was supposed to star in the film to Paramount Pictures during the summer of 1983, until she reportedly nixed so many prospective directors that she and the studio came to a parting of the ways.25||Film never made|
|1983||Road Show||Cher was supposed to have been Jack Nicholson's leading lady in the film, until Nicholson objected to her casting.25||Film never made|
|1984||Grandview, U.S.A.||Cher was offered the role of "Michelle 'Mike' Cody" but she turned down the role in favor of the film Mask. She turned down the role because producers wouldn't cast Eric Stolz as her co-star.26 About the role she said "I won't do anything for just money, only if I can bring something to it."27||replaced by Jamie Lee Curtis|
|1984||Crimes of Passion||Cher was reportedly considered for the dual role of "Joanna Crane", aka the hooker "China Blue" in Ken Russell's romantic thriller.21||Kathleen Turner got the part|
|1986||Fatal Beauty||During the first controversial interview with David Letterman, Cher confirmed that was working for two films, Suspect and Fatal Beauty,28 but backed out of the latter.29||replaced by Whoopi Goldberg|
|1987||Baby Boom||Cher turned down the female lead in the film Baby Boom.30 Cher said also that Diane Keaton was much better for the role.30||replaced by Diane Keaton|
|1987||Black Widow||Cher was reportedly considered for the lead role, but was later turned down.30 In an interview she said, "For me, it's about life experiences. Making films and... growth in life is real intertwined."21||replaced by Theresa Russell|
|1988||Midnight Run||Production executives suggested that the Mardukas character be changed to a woman and wanted Cher for the role in the hope she would provide some "sexual overtones".31 But Cher said that "I have to find a character to express who I am - and that's not easy."21||Charles Grodin got the part|
|1989||Riding in Cars with Boys||When the rights were purchased in 1989 by James L. Brooks, Debra Winger and Cher were considered for the lead.32||replaced by Drew Barrymore|
|1989||The Witches||Cher was considered for the role of the "Grand High Witch" in a film adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel The Witches, but the role was eventually given to Anjelica Huston.33||Anjelica Huston got the part|
|1990||The War of the Roses||Cher was originally offered the role that eventually went to Kathleen Turner.34 Cher did not accept the role for personal reasons: "I knew that was going to be a hit. A great script but... kinda mean. I'd lived it for real. I didn't want to do it for money."21||Kathleen Turner got the part|
|1990||She-Devil||After winning the Oscar, she spent three years choosing her next film and She-Devil was the one she most wanted.21||Meryl Streep got the part|
|1990||Working Girl||Cher was considered for the role of "Tess McGill". She also said, "I act really great but I don't think of myself as an actress. I don't do it for a living."21||Melanie Griffith got the part|
|1990||The Grifters||For the role of Lilly, Cher was originally considered but she became too expensive after the success of Moonstruck35 for UK director Stephen Frears and his producer Martin Scorsese.||Anjelica Huston got the part|
|1991||Thelma & Louise||Cher was offered for the role of "Thelma Yvonne Dickinson", but turned it down.34 In an interview Cher also said "It was a much rougher when I got it. It probably would've been a good movie to do. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. I'm glad Susan did it."21||Geena Davis got the part|
|1991||The Addams Family||Cher was considered for the role of "Morticia Addams".20||Anjelica Huston got the part|
|1992||Batman Returns||Cher was in competition with many other actresses for the role of "Catwoman".36||Michelle Pfeiffer got the part|
|1992||Leaving Normal||Backed away from director Edward Zwick's second feature (a kind of Thelma & Louise revisited) as the waitress was a cousin of her role in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.37 Besides, she was busy with her Aquasentials Skin Care infomercials.||Christine Lahti got the part|
|1992||This Is My Life||Fox wanted the Jewish housewife struggling to be a stand-up comic to be Cher, Bette Midler or Michelle Pfeiffer.21||Julie Kavner got the part|
|1993||Title unknown||In 1993, Cher and Michelle Pfeiffer had a film in development, a black comedy about a film star and a tabloid reporter, but the film never appeared.38||Project abandoned|
|1994||Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles||Due to the Hollywood's homophobia of the time, Anne Rice rewrote the part of Louis, changing his sex to female, in order specifically to heterosexualyze his/her reletioship with Lestat.39 At the time, Rice felt it was the only way to get the film made, and Cher was considered for the part.39||Brad Pitt got the part|
|1995||The Bridges of Madison County||Cher was considered for the role of "Francesca Johnson".40||Meryl Streep got the part|
|1996||Evita||Cher was proposed to play "Eva Peron" in the musical.41||Madonna got the part|
|1996||Freaky Deaky||In early 1996 Barry Cooper with Monte Hellman made a deal with the Japanese company Shochiku.42 Part of the deal was that Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender would be executive producers of the pictures that Hellman would direct.42 One of the film was Freaky Deaky, an adaption of Elmore Leonard's 1988 novel.42 The cast for the film included Vince Vaughn (as Chris), Cher (as Robin) and Mickey Rourke (as Skip), but due to conflicts the company and the producers team the film never appeared.42||Project abandoned|
|2000||Mame||ABC in late 2000 confirmed that Cher would star in a TV adaptation of the musical Mame.43||Film never made|
|2001||Heartbreakers||Originally, Doug Liman was set to direct, with Cher and Jennifer Aniston playing the roles of "Max" and "Page", a film called The Breakers.21 However, due to the long pre-production stage, both actresses had to bow out of the film due to scheduling conflicts.||replaced by Sigourney Weaver|
|2001||The Enchanted Cottage||Since 1992 Cher had plans to direct and star in a remake of the 1945 John Cromwell film,44 and in 2001 was announced that she was hoping to play opposite Brendan Fraser, but the film never happened.45||Film never made|
|2003||In The Pink||In December 2003, during an interview Cher announced that was offered a role in a film called In The Pink.46 Cher was set to star with Britney Spears, Bette Midler, comic Wanda Sykes and Tim Allen as director.47 The film was written by Simon Beaufoy, who wrote also The Full Monty, for Revolution Studios. The comedy features Allen playing a Texas playboy wealthy exec who loses his job and is forced to sell Mary Kay cosmetics door to door with a group of women.4849 The film was also to start shooting in early 2005, but in March 2005 Midler said that the film had not been put into development.50||Film never made|
|2008||The Dark Knight Rises||In the summer of 2008 was reported the Cher was set to play Catwoman opposite Christian Bale in the third Batman film from British director Christopher Nolan.51 A studio executive said also that "Cher is Nolan's first choice to play Catwoman. He wants to her to portray her like a vamp in her twilight years." and "The new Catwoman will be the absolute opposite of Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry's purring creations."52 Those rumors were denied on November 3, 2008, when Cher appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.53||Rumours denied|
|2008||Mamma Mia!||In a 2010 red carpet interview at the premiere of Burlesque that she had been offered a part in Mamma Mia! alongside her Silkwood co-star Meryl Streep, but was on the road so could not commit.54||Could not commit|
|2008–11||The Drop Out53||In a 2008 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Cher told DeGeneres that she was to appear in a film with Johnny Knoxville.55 This did not materialise in 2010 as expected, but during a red carpet interview at the Burlesque premiere, Cher indicated that she and Knoxville were still keen to make the film.54||Status unknown|
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