A few months ago, Cher scholar Robert Pela sent me a picture of this fabulous 1966 Cher spread in Tiger Beat magazine. Click on the graphic to get a better view of this awe-inspiring artifact of public relations. Cher lists all the reasons why she loves Sonny and Sonny does the same.
I want to believe this was ghost written by some plucky intern at Tiger Beat, but some of the bits sound eerily familiar. But then some sound equally ridiculous. It's full of irony and groovy!
What items popped out for me:
Why Cher Loves Sonny
He’s smarter than I am.
He never puts himself first; it’s always me.
He’s hard working and knows what he’s doing.
(This reminds me of the big scene in Good Times where Sonny tells Cher she knows nothing, NOTHING, about business and then storms out leaving her to sing "Just a Name" running from their Encino house to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.)
He remembers what I was wearing when we met.
He never forgets to pay attention to me, even if I am his wife. (Oyvay)
I feel safe with Sonny. He always seems to know what to do.
He’s honest about everything. (except a lot)
I think he’s handsome.
Why Sonny Loves Cher:
She’s very feminine. (timely claim considering she was being accused of being so androgynous at the time)
She always backs me up in whatever I want to do.
She smells wonderful all the time. (Uninhibited?)
When she cooks, it’s good.
She’s quiet most of the time, and I need this so I can do my work.
When she gets mad, she’s prettier. (You're killing me with these, Sonny.)
She’s neat and orderly about things? (orderly??)
She’s just as sweet and unspoiled as the day I met her.
When she’s happy, she hums around the house.
She’s got a good memory and helps me keep appointments.
There's a lot to chew on there. Some of it's sweet and some of it's icky.