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Cher on Night of 100 Stars (1982)

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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
Yes, it was good to be 12 years old in 1982, although it was a quiet time in between Cher comebacks. You thought nobody cared about Cher in that gap of fame time, but apparently they did.



I watched the whole clip. I think Ann Jillian got the worst outfit - looks like a prison uniform. I miss TV like this and Battle of the Network Stars!

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