Has there ever been a more resilient boomer than Cher? She also has some bohemian cred, despite the infomercials and glitzy Las Vegas shows.
Now, at age 64, she’s singing and dancing in a new movie, Burlesque. It’s not getting good reviews (34% on the Tomatometer), and ranked 4th at the box office last weekend. But consider the top three are Harry Potter, Disney’s Tangled and Will Ferrell’s Megamind. So 4th place doesn’t look that bad.
To promote her movie, Cher recently sat down with an interviewer from the NYTimes and some of her answers to his questions were surprising. For instance…you-know-who was not the love of her life:
The answer wasn’t Sonny Bono, but the onetime bagel baker Robert Camilletti, “even though he’s like 1,000 years younger.” She was 40 and he was 22 when they met in the late 1980s, and he steadfastly took care of her, she said, during a furiously busy period when three movies (“The Witches of Eastwick” and “Suspect” in addition to “Moonstruck”) and an album came out in a span of just two years.”
Cher is honest about her feelings concerning her daughter, Chastity’s transformation into son, Chaz:
It has been difficult to watch, she said, but not entirely unexpected. “We talked about it a lot over the years,” she said. But she had always attributed her daughter’s occasionally stated discomfort with her gender to a general sadness brought on by drug abuse.”
And her feelings about being a 60+ gal in a film filled with bright young things:
You’re around these girls who are 20 years old with perfect bodies, and you remember when you used to have a perfect body,” she added. She shook her head. Smiled. “Just to stay in the competition,” she added, but stopped there, leaving the sentence unfinished.”
She doesn’t have to finish that sentence, we know exactly what she means.