Great Moments in Cher: 5 High Points You Won't Find on Her New DVD Set
As arbitrary here's-a-bunch-of-movies-this-studio-owns-on-DVD box sets go, The Cher Collection (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment) at least provides something of a career retrospective of the star's film presence from kitschy hippie (Good Times, Chastity) to Serious Actress (Silkwood, Moonstruck) to marquee diva (Mermaids, Tea with Mussolini). But one box set can barely cover the extraordinary breadth of Cher's contributions to pop culture - hell, not even the medium of cinema can begin to do justice to the many corners of the zeitgeist where she's had an impact. So in honor of this new DVD set, here's a list of some our favorite, other Great Moments in Cher:
Doing a one-woman West Side Story on her variety show
In the annals of over-the-top variety-show moments from the 1970s, Cher's decision to do highlights from the Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim classic - playing all the parts, male and female - ranks as among the most audacious, insane, valiant and ridiculous moves ever made. And admittedly unforgettable.
Calling C-Span to talk about battlefield conditions
In October of 2003, C-Span received a call from a woman who had visited Walter Reed Hospital and was horrified that the troops fighting in Iraq didn't have adequate armor on their vehicles, leading to many soldiers losing limbs under fire. The caller didn't identify herself, but the C-Span host finally asked, "Is this Cher?" Without trying to turn the event into publicity for herself, she was one of very few famous people to speak out early on about how badly Bush and Cheney were running the war.
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