Cher (Women of Achievement) by Cheryl Napsha, Connie Berman

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Cher was singled out by critic Pauline Kael in the New Yorker magazine. ” Before the film came out, Cher received another movie offer. Following a Wednesday matinee of the stage show, someone knocked on her dressing-room door. Film director Mike Nichols had seen the show, and he was intrigued with Cher’s performance. He offered her a role in a film he was directing about the life and death of Karen Silkwood. In the 1970s, Karen Silkwood had worked in a plutonium-processing plant in Oklahoma. When she discovered that the plant was violating important safety regulations, exposing her and the other workers to deadly radiation, she decided to report the offense, offering documents and papers as evidence.

We were always getting kicked out of places because of how we dressed,” Cher remembers. Such escapades only made them more popular, as did their onstage antics. They were playful and affectionate with each other. ” They seemed to spend more time clowning and showing off their costumes than singing. SONNY AND THE ROAD TO STARDOM Sonny and Cher were not actually living a hippie lifestyle. That was just their act. Sonny was simply too old to be a youthful rebel, and he didn’t really want to be. And Cher did not share the hippie philosophy of “dropping out” of the mainstream.

When Field couldn’t take the part of Loretta, the producers thought of Cher. Cher really liked the script, but hesitated at first. She thought the story was a bit weird, that the public wouldn’t like it, and if the film flopped it might hurt her career. After several visits from the producer, Patrick Palmer, Cher agreed to do the film. She decided to take a chance. To play the role of Ronny, Cher wanted Nicholas Cage, who had impressed her with his performance opposite Kathleen Turner in Peggy Sue Got Married.

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