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.
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! 😉
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.