It’s Cher’s Birthday!
Happy 67 years, Cher! Enjoy an excerpt from Cher: All I Really Want to Do by authors Daryl Easlea and Eddi Fiegel in honor of a remarkable woman.
As much as she is known as a singer, an actress, and an entertainer, to many of her fans Cher is, more than anything, the ultimate survivor. There are even jokes on the internet about how, in the event of a nuclear catastrophe, all that will be left will be “cockroaches and Cher.”
Increasingly, she has come to symbolize a resilience and invincibility— both professionally and personally—that is central to her appeal. She may have achieved the extraordinary feat of scoring hits in every decade since the sixties, but her career has nonetheless not been without its lows. She is also a woman who can be seen to have had her fair share of life experience, from a difficult childhood through two divorces and numerous relationships.
In fact, many of her hits since the eighties deal with surviving heartache and coming out the other side, stronger and wiser. As she sings in ‘Believe’: “I know that I’ll get through this / Cos I know that I am strong.”
Cher is the first to admit that she has amazing staying power. Back in 1990, when ABC News’ Diane Sawyer asked her which of her lyrics she liked to sing most, she immediately thought of Jimmy Cliff’s ‘Too Many Rivers To Cross.’ “I’ve been licked, washed up for years, and I merely survived because of my pride,” she said, quoting back the lyrics. “It’s me! It says everything about me in those two lines. I’ve been on my way out for twenty-five years. At this rate I’ll be 100 before I’m gone!”
To many, Cher also epitomizes the idea of the outsider who has overcome hardship and adversity to reach the upper echelons of fame and wealth. Like a modern-day Cinderella, she is the poor girl from the valleys of California who looked radically different to the cookie-cutter blond, blue-eyed ideal that was so prevalent when she was growing up in the fifties and yet still managed to become a star—mostly through her own determination and hard work.
“I invented someone who was funny and interesting: not the most beautiful person on the block, and yet still could convey that kind of feeling across,” she told Barbara Walters in 1985. “I think that you can invent your life as you go along. You’re born with a huge piece of paper or a canvas and you can put anything on it you want to.”
Cher: All I Really Want to Do takes readers through the ups and downs of a career that spans more than 50 years in show business. Beginning with her breakthrough alongside husband Sonny Bono in the ’60s, it takes in the high highs – and low lows – of the ’70s, the big-screen success of the ’80s, and global superstardom in the ’90s, and continues right up to her latest comeback alongside Christina Aguilera in Burlesque. There’s detailed coverage of every major album, film, and tour, from “I Got You Babe” to “Believe,” “Half-Breed” to Moonstruck, “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” to Mermaids, and beyond.
Posted on May 20, 2013, in Music Fans and tagged 67 years, Backbeat Books, Cher, cher 67, Cher birthday, Cher: All I Really Want to Do, Daryl Easlea, Eddi Fiegel, entertainer, excerpt. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.