Welcome to Vicki's Tribute to Sonny and Cher!



The following pages will include:

  • Sonny Bono
  • Cher
  • Television
    • Sonny

  • Movies
  • Cher





  • Sonny Bono
    Sonny and Cher had a daughter, Chastity Bono, in 1969. Six years later, in 1975, Sonny and Cher divorced. Sonny then married Susie Coelho, but divorced her in 1984; he married again in 1986 to the much younger Mary Whitaker. The couple had two children, Chesare Elan Bono and Chianna Marie Bono. Sonny entered politics after experiencing great frustration with local government bureaucracy in trying to open a restaurant in Palm Springs, California.

    With conservative talk radio host Marshall Gilbert as his campaign manager (and later as the godfather of his two children by his wife, Mary), Sonny placed a successful bid to become the new mayor of Palm Springs. He was instrumental in making the city more business-friendly and in spearheading the creation of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, now held each year in Sonny's memory.





  • Cher
    Cher was born in El Centro, California, on May 20, 1946 at 7:25 a.m. Her mother, Georgia Holt, an aspiring actress and occasional model, is of Cherokee, Armenian and English descent.Her father was John Sarkisian, an Armenian-Iranian refugee. Cher's mother and father separated when she was young and she was mostly raised by her mother. Her mother later remarried. Due to severe dyslexia she left high school at the age of sixteen.

    Cher first met Sonny Bono in a Los Angeles coffee shop in November 1962 when she was 16. The much older Sonny (he was already 27) was working for legendary record producer Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. Sonny and Cher became fast friends, eventual lovers, and later married. Through Sonny, Cher (as she was called early on for short) started as a session singer, eventually singing back-up on several of Spector’s classic recordings, including The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Loving FeelingE “Da Doo Ron RonEby The Crystals and The RonettesE“Be My BabyE





  • Television
    In 1970, Sonny and Cher starred in their first television special, The Sonny and Cher Nitty Gritty Hour. A mixture of slapstick comedy, skits and live music, the show was a critical success, which led to numerous guest spots on other early 70s hit television shows.

    Sonny and Cher caught the eye of CBS head of programming Fred Silverman while guest-hosting on The Merv Griffin Show, and Silverman offered the duo their own variety show. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour debuted in 1971 as a summer replacement series. The show returned to primetime later that year and was an immediate hit, quickly reaching the Top 10 in its time slot. The show received numerous Emmy Award nominations throughout its initial four seasons on CBS.

    On February 2, 1976 The Sonny and Cher Show debuted to Top 10 ratings and high expectations. Some of the guests who appeared on The Sonny and Cher Show included Frankie Avalon, Muhammed Ali, Raymond Burr, Ruth Buzzi, Charo, Barbara Eden, Farrah Fawcett, Terri Garr, Bob Hope, Don Knotts, Jerry Lewis, Tony Orlando, The Osmonds, Debbie Reynolds, The Smothers Brothers, Tina Turner, Twiggy, and Betty White, among others. It was cancelled after its second season due to a decline in ratings.

    In 1980, Cher, at age 34, formed the rock band Black Rose with her then-partner, guitarist Les Dudek, and released the album Black Rose by year's end. The album was a failure, despite an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and the band broke up the following year. In 1982, Cher released I Paralyze, and despite appearances on American Bandstand and The Tonight Show, critics panned the album and sales were disappointing.





  • Movies
    Sonny continued his acting career, doing bit roles in such shows as Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. He played the part of a mad bomber in Airplane II: The Sequel and the part of Franklin von Tussle in John Waters's "Hairspray". In the film "Men In Black",

    In 1982, at 36, Cher landed her first major role in an off-Broadway production of Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Her performance was critically praised, and she was later cast in the film version directed by acclaimed Hollywood director Robert Altman. She was next cast alongside Meryl Streep and Kurt Russell in the critically acclaimed drama Silkwood (1983) in which her character was a lesbian. She received her first Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress. For this film, she also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama.

    Her next film was a starring role in the critically-acclaimed Mask (1985), directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The film also starred Eric Stoltz, Laura Dern and Sam Elliott, and was considered her first critical and commercial success. For her role as a mother of a severely disfigured boy, Cher won the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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