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

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When she thought more about the film and who she would be working with, however, Cher had an attack of nerves. “I thought there was no actress working who compared with Meryl,” she later wrote. ” Cher should not have been apprehensive. Meryl Streep too was a bit worried about appearing with Cher, confessing that “I felt intimidated at the very thought of meeting Cher. I mean, in photos she always looks so wonderfully thin, and so beautiful and stylish. The first thing that struck me when we did meet was As a boisterous but vulnerable gay woman in the film Silkwood, Cher won acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for her performance.

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. She said of Cage’s talent, “Nicky never plays it safe. ” The producer didn’t want Cage at first, and Cher had to fight to get him. Once Cage was in the role and filming began, however, Cher was somewhat put off by Cage’s attitude. She found him distant and moody. ” Cher was not used to such a cool costar. Moonstruck was directed by Norman Jewison, a well-respected filmmaker.

Gossip columnists and reporters speculated about the trouble between the couple, including the “boyfriend” Cher had met in 1973, David Geffen. A record-company executive, Geffen offered to help untangle Cher’s financial problems and guide her career. For two years Cher and Geffen had a romantic relationship, which was no secret, especially to Sonny, who was furious. For months, stories abounded in the media. ” A week later, Cher countered with a divorce suit. She charged Sonny with “involuntary servitude,” claiming that he withheld money from her and deprived her of her rightful share of their earnings.

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