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May 20: Happy Birthday Cher and James Stewart


Cherilyn Sarkisian, universally known as Cher, turns 71 today.  A successful singer and actress for over 50 years, she began her career when she dropped out of high school at 16.  She met singer and songwriter Sonny Bono shortly thereafter; she had her first hits both as half of Sonny & Cher (“I Got You Babe”) and as a solo performer (“Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”) before she turned 20.

Cher’s singing career has ebbed and flowed, as you’d expect given its longevity.  She had a trio of #1 hits in the early seventies, and after a dry spell, came back with several Top Ten singles in the late eighties.  After another slow period, she came back in 1998 with a huge hit that brought her her only Grammy.

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Movies of 1987 Bracket Game: Moonstruck Vs. The Princess Bride


What do Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck and Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride have in common?  Not a lot.  They are both romantic movies with comedic elements, but I wouldn’t necessarily call The Princess Bride a romantic comedy.  It’s such a hard movie to classify that it was difficult to find a movie to pair it with so it ended up getting stuck with Moonstruck by default.  It may be a stretch, but you could argue that both movies have fairy-tale qualities about them.  I don’t care if you don’t buy that rationalization, I’m sticking to it!  😉

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There Oughta be a Law!

Cher - Suspect

As part of the 1996 Women in Hollywood issue of Movieline magazine, Joe Queenan examined the trend of actresses he considered to be miscast as lawyers.  Queenan imagines a conspiracy starting with Cher in Suspect which leads to Cindy Crawford being cast as an attorney in Fair Game.

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