The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 30, 1996 · Page 25
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^Wednesday, October so, 1996 Cher peels away another mask She makes one more comeback) this time behind the camera ByLUAINELEE Scrtpps Howard News Service . PASADENA, Calif. — Just when you think you know what Cher is up to, she turns another corner. Of course, it's partially by design. But it's also a way of staying sane in a life that seems like a Joan Crawford drama without the shoulder pads. "My life is going to make a much more interesting movie someday than it is, sometimes, as a life," she says, folding her left leg at the knee and resting her foot on the cushion of her chair. . Dressed in a white T-shirt, gray jacket, faded Levi's cinched by a black belt with a chunky silver buckle, Cher could be the Valley Girl comparing prices of balsamic vinegar at her corner market. She could be, of course, if it were not for her flamboyant past. Known for her outrageous outfits (with more cutouts than a paper doily) today she's sedate with silver earrings and silver slippers, and a silver ring on her thumb and middle finger. Her dark hair is straight, snuggling behind her shoulders, and her face — rounded into calculated perfection by cosmetic surgery — looks 20 years younger than her 50 seasons. She's back, she says. Cher is always coming back from the place she goes whbn things get "too hot." "I have quit a whole bunch of times/' she says. "I just stop doing. I just came back from stopping doing stuff, I hit some sort of wall where 1 thiiik I: need Jo stop this.'for a while*" The corner'she has turnedthis time "is behind the camera. Cher is direct- tag^the third ih a trilogy, '"If These "Could Talk," which premiered ls on HBO. The /film is a product of Demi Moore's production company and not only stars Cher, in a small part, but Sissy Spacek and Moore. Directing is just another facet of the career that started when Cher was 16. She met singer-entrepreneur Sonny Bono, married him and together they became the,hottest singing duo of the late'60s. With reverberations from their hit, "I Got You, Babe," the couple parlayed his business savvy and her exotic looks and vibrating alto into the top tax brackets. But, at 27, Cher wasn't having fun anymore. "The work I do has to be fun for me or I don't want to do it. I have to be really inspired when I'm doing my work. If I'm not, I really don't care iwhat it is, I don't end up doing a very good job," she says. At the height of TV's "The Sonny 'and Cher Show," Cher walked out. "I -think that was the gutsiest thing I ever did," she says, cupping her chin ' in her hand, "breaking a partnership everybody loved. I walked out on 'The Sonny and Cher Show* when we were among the top 10. That's a hard thing to do." . , She had always wanted to be an actress. "When I met Sonny I was taking acting lessons and I stopped them immediately upon being with him because he thought it was really stupid." Cher < returned to acting with her own TV show and a couple of sinali parts in film. ! It .wasn't until Mike Nichols ("Birdcage'*) picked; her -to play Meryl -Streep's devoted friend in "Silkwood," that people began to notice the woman behind the streams of black hair and navel-exposing gowns. ;As the^unconventional mother of a . deformed son in "Mask," Cher finally •;..•>,'• File photo Cher, who won an Oscar for her performance In "Moonstruck,* always had wanted to be an actress, but when she met sonny Bono, she quit because 'he thought It was really stupid." made an indelible impression as an actress. "I had a really hard time after 'Mask,'- "she says. "Everybody thought it was great, then I didn't get offered any parts. There was a big period between 'Silkwood' and 'Mask.' Right after the Academy Award was another hard time." As the homely, older Italian woman who falls for Nicolas Cage in "Moonstruck," Cher snagged her Oscar. But it would, be two years before she made , another picture. She admits she's suffered because of her time-outs. "So fair I've always come back. We'll see how this goes, you can't tell while you're in the process. I don't like to think of it as a comeback, but I do go away, so I guess if you go away you have to come back." She was married briefly to rock star Greg Allman and has a son, 20,. with him. Her daughter with Bono is 27. To hear her talk now, her days are more like a den mother's than a celebrity's. She reads, builds houses, takes trips, watches old movies, rides her motorcycle and works on her 1956 Ford Pickup. Her sister and brother-in-law live with her, her mother forsakes the torrid temperatures of Palm Springs and summers with her and her grand-, mother visits often. Though her name has been linked with many men, there's no one in her life right now, she says. "I'm not much of a dater...," she sighs. "It's just that society is going really fast, that's what makes relationships more difficult." He fought the law And Flavor Flav won NEW YORK — Gun possession charges against Flavor Flav have been dropped, and the rapper says he's ready to get on with his life. "Right now, I know I'm on the right track and I'm going to get over people picking on me," he said. The 37-year-old Public Enemy rapper was charged with gun possession in November 1995 when the livery cab he was riding in was pulled over by police. Officers said they searched him after noticing a bulge in his clothing. The judge agreed it was an illegal search. "Without a gun there's no evidence, no case," said a spokeswoman for Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson. KISS Army in retreat Cops move in at concert OMAHA, Neb. — Some members of the KISS Army got a little out of hand. Police arrested 75 fans during a concert by the aging kings of camp rock at the Civic Auditorium in Omaha. Fans face charges ranging from littering to ticket scalping to cocaine possession Police swept the parking lots before and after the concert and confiscated drugs and alcohol as people entered the auditorium. The concert drew an estimated 10,900 people. Something's fishy Byrd loses bet and sings NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country singer Tracy Byrd climbed onto a giant billboard and gave a free concert after losing a fishing bet. Byrd sang for an hour for a crowd of more than 1,700 people as police blocked off all but one lane of a major road. Byrd sang from a billboard featuring the cover of his new album. The "Billboard Bash" resulted after he failed to catch more fish than a Ibcal disc jockey who put up his El Camino. Some fans brought chairs or lounged in the back of pickup trucks, while others danced in the street. would like to thank the voters and the volunteers for your efforts in my campaign. Paid for by Allen for Commlulonen Bob Exllne lany Triplctt, Co-Chain • Adley E. Johmbn, Ttcatiutr. Send Tommye to Topeka Elect Tommye Sexton 71st District Representative * 20 Year Salina Resident * BA & MA Degrees from KU * Teacher or Counselor at: • Hawthorne Elementary • Sacred Heart High School • Salina South High School • Marymount College The Background & Experience to Put Families First! * YWCA * Kansas Action for Children * Emergency Medical Service * Counseling & Growth * Salina Committee on Teen Pregnancy Prevention As a counselor she listens for a living. Pol Adv. paid for by Sexton for District Representative, Al and Mary Anne Schwartz, Treasurers. IT'S TIME. •For Proven Strong Community Leadership •To Listen To Your Concerns >To VOTE! Deena HORST State Representative 69th District Political advertisement paid for by Deena Horst for State Representative Committee, Doug Mull, Treasurer. Kocnan •30 years of progressive experience with the Salina Police Department. Sponsor a volunteer citizen task force made up of members from Law Enforcement, Schools, Courts, Parents and the young people themselves, to develop ideas on how to deal with juvenile crime and expand our drug education programs. •Implement TRIAD program to work with senior citizens. TRIAD is Law Enforcement and Seniors working together to reduce criminal victimization of Seniors. Increase D.A.R.E. training in our schools

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