Cher speaks her mind

The singer and actress Cher. CBS News

(CBS News) In 1965 "I Got You, Babe" was a huge hit for Sonny and Cher. With a new album just coming out, Cher is carrying on a recording career nearly 50 years long. Anthony Mason has the profile of a legend:


When Cher appeared on her first television special in 1975 -- the singer's solo TV debut after her break with Sonny -- she was joined by her guest stars Elton John and Bette Midler in a skit about a retirement home for entertainers.

"It's very funny," said Mason.

"Yes," Cher agreed. "And not very far from the truth.

"People are so shocked that I say I don't like getting older, because I think you're supposed to say, 'Oh, I'm better than ever, and it's great, and blah, blah, blah. Unh-uh. Not happening for me."

She's spent nearly half a century in show business, breaking through with Sonny in the '60s, going solo in the '70s, winning an Oscar in the '80s, becoming a dance queen in the '90s.

"Icon" doesn't even begin to cover the woman one critic called the "Sherman Tank of divas . . . armored and unstoppable."

And if you were wondering whether, at 67, she's still the same old irreverent Cher . . . she is.

When asked by Mason if she should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cher replied with a laugh, "You know, f*** them."

"Those are my feelings," she added. "I don't need to be in a Hall to rock. So, you know, whatever."

The latest album by Cher, "Closer to the Truth."
Warner Brothers Records
She sold more than 100 million records worldwide, and this week Cher will release her first studio album in more than a decade, "Closer to the Truth."

The singer remains her own toughest critic.

"My sense is that you've always kind of underestimated your own voice," Mason said.

"I'm not a huge Cher fan," she replied.

But she wanted to be a star almost from the moment she first went to the movies. She was four when her parents brought her to what was then called Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

"It was breathtaking," Cher said, "And there were statues everywhere. It was just like going to heaven."

She said that when she saw "Dumbo" and "Cinderella" there, "I thought, this what I'm doing, this is what I was meant to do."

"Is that where the idea where you were going to be a star was hatched?" Mason asked.

"Absolutely. Absolutely."

The theatre, newly restored and now named the TCL Chinese Theatre, also houses a costume collection. It was there that Mason met up with Cher's mother, 87-year-old Georgia Holt.

"You guys look amazing, I don't know what you're doing ..." said Mason.

"Witchcraft," Cher replied.

As a birthday present this year, Cher made a documentary for her mom about their lives. Holt, an actress who married eight times, said she always told her two daughters "to be special, to be somebody. My father used to say it to me when I was little, and I said it to the kids."

But, added Holt, "I didn't know she was going to grow up to be this big. I had no idea!"

To view a trailer for "Dear Mom, Love Cher," click on the video player below.


"You two went through some rough spots though, didn't you?" asked Mason.

"Yeah! We're tough women," said Cher.

Holt interjected, "She used to drive my car down Sunset Boulevard . . ."

"Oh God, mom, are we going to go through this?"

"But I was cool on the big things."

"Yes, mom, you were great," said Cher, "and there were a few big things."

Like? Moving out when she was 16, and later moving in with Sonny Bono, who was 11 years older.

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