Across nearly half a century of hit records, acclaimed movies, gaudy concert spectacles and a magnitude of celebrity for which the word fame is pathetically insufficient, Cher has come to seem the Sherman tank of divas, sometimes under fire but seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward, armored and unstoppable.
And in her new movie, “Burlesque,” a glossy musical that opens nationwide on Wednesday, she essentially promises that this won’t change. She plays a hard-boiled, die-hard showgirl (sound like anyone?) who takes a talented ingénue (Christina Aguilera, making her film debut) under lavishly feathered wing, and she has a set-piece power ballad, written expressly for her, in which her character pledges not to “fade out” and proclaims that she’s “far from over.” It’s titled “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” and Cher belts it like it’s a battle cry — like her very life and ability to continue carrying off Bob Mackie gowns depended on it. For her most ardent fans multiplexes might want to stock smelling salts.
That's from Frank Bruni's New York Times piece on Cher. And if you missed Cher on 20/20 tonight, you can click here for a clip. Cher's new movie opens Thanksgiving Day. I hope it's going to be a big hit.
I've got two more pieces on Cher to write between now and Thanksgiving. If I'm unable to do one this weekend, I'll most likely do them Wednesday and Thursday.
I'm looking forward to the 80s piece the most and have a ton of notes.
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