12 Things You Didn’t Know About Cher

  
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Known as the Goddess of Pop, Cher is one of Hollywood’s greatest living legends. Over her six decade career she has topped charts, box offices, and had no problem making her way through a male-dominated industry. From early childhood to romantic relationships and through music and film, Cher has endured and persevered through more than her fair share of ups and downs, and has always remained as amazing as ever. Here are 12 things you never knew about the icon:

12. Famous Friends

As an icon in the industry for several decades, it is no surprise that Cher’s inner circle is full of big names, and that means she has excellent celebrity stories to share. During her relationship with Sonny, their closest friends included Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, and Henry Fonda, just to name a few. “I knew Lucy since I was little. I was crazy about her. My mom was an extra on her show. One time, we were at this party, and Johnny Carson got really pissed off at me, because it was the second inauguration of Nixon. I thought Nixon was a big idiot, and Lucy thought he was a big idiot, and she was making jokes, and I was hysterically laughing. Carson got furious and said that I should get out of the room because I was being disrespectful. He would have never said boo to Lucy—she would have chewed him up and spit him out,” Cher revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair. She also takes credit for her close friend Meryl Streep welcoming her daughter Mamie, telling the publication, “I was responsible for Mamie! I take full credit. We were in Texas doing Silkwood, and Don [Gummer] was there with Henry [their son]. Meryl said, ‘We need some time alone. Take Henry—it’s Halloween. Please, just take him.’ So I took Henry, and she got pregnant with Mamie.”

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11. Lost Roles

Now that Cher is known for her singing as well as her acting, it is no surprise that she hasn’t been able to take on every opportunity that has been presented. After the success of Moonstruck, Cher became “overly cautious” about what roles to take and was offered the lead in The War of the Roses as well as the role of Thelma Dickinson in 1991’s Thelma & Louise, but turned it down, making way for Geena Davis. In the late ’90s it was also revealed that Cher along with Jennifer Aniston had been tapped to play the mother/daughter duo in the film Heartbreakers, but when Aniston encountered scheduling conflicts because of Friends she dropped out and then Cher’s Believe Tour became an issue. In the end, Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt ended up with the roles in the film that was released in 2001.

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