Many thanks to Dany for sending the link to Cher's appearance on Night of 100 Stars in 1982. Check the video near the 6:20 mark. Cher appears at the back of the stage.
There are a few things I want to say about this clip:
- I was 12 in 1982 and I would cash-in the official Ladd-house rule allowing me to stay up one night a week for shows like this. The rule was first instated after my obsession with The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour in 1974 and during The Sonny & Cher Show, which ran in 1976-1977, during which time we moved from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to St. Louis, Missouri, most importantly from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, a difference of one hour which rendered my 8pm bedtime alarming in that I would miss my weekly fix of Sonny & Cher. Who I was obsessed with. My parents created this rule to accommodate the tragic situation. But after Cher's last TV show was cancelled, I used the rule for the first Solid Gold specials and these parades of celebrities performing scant seconds of theatrical fashion modeling. What a weird concept for a show. Hours of excitement for an ultimately frustrating few seconds of your sauntering celebrity of choice. Could you even get famous people to agree to do this today?
- Looking back on this episode with Cher in the mix, how awesome that she gets to be the center of this parading V, like a princess among celebrities. The Queen Bee. She is the enticing reveal, the centerpiece, the bride atop the cake! She smiles nervously and appreciatively, doing the runway walk with in a very modified Cher strut. She even tosses her bouquet in the fadeout.