Today In History: Cher Wins Academy Award

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April 11, 1988

The Spinsters Union

Today in 1988, musician and actress Cher won an Academy Award for Best Actress for the film MoonstruckMoonstruck was just one of three major films she appeared in in 1987, along with The Witches of Eastwick and Suspect. In Moonstruck, Cher plays a widowed woman who falls for the brother of her fiance. Moonstruck carried Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay.

Cher, real name Cherilyn Sarkasian, got her start in entertainment as half of Sonny and Cher, opposite Sonny Bono. The 1965 song "I Got You Babe" catapulted them to the top of the charts. Sonny and Cher, romantic as well as professional partners, split in 1974. Cher had already established herself as a viable solo artist.


At the end of the seventies, Cher's career was stagnant. A brief marriage to Gregg Allman resulted in a child, Elijah Blue.

Cher transitioned to acting, getting her start in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. She had real chops. She won a Golden Globe the following year, and was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Silkwood.

Her acting career crested with Moonstruck and hit a wall with her next film, Mermaids. Cher, however, is one of those celebrities who never seem to lose relevance or vitality. In addition to her monumentally successful recording career, she is also a cultural icon, broadly respected for her talent as well as her glamorous image.

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Matt lives in Southern California. He is interested in politics, history, literature and the natural world.