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They seemed like a perfect family. The couple’s offstage life, however, was anything but perfect. As the show went into its second season, viewers were unaware of what was happening behind the scenes. Sonny and Cher’s onstage banter belied the ill will and resentment the couple harbored for each other. Joking on the show turned to mutual strife as soon as filming stopped. SONNY AND THE ROAD TO STARDOM As time went on, Sonny and Cher had more nasty spats, fighting over even the smallest of issues.

A few months later, the couple welcomed a little daughter. They named her Chastity, after their second film. 31 32 CHER The film Good Times featured Cher and Sonny in skits that were supposed to display their comic talents. Fans were not amused by scenes such as this jungle sketch, and the film flopped. The joys of parenthood, however, did not solve the couple’s problems. After two box-office bombs and a decreasing audience for their records, Sonny and Cher were almost broke. They had spent some $500,000 and mortgaged their home to make Chastity.

Cher is not 57 58 CHER Backstage at the 1985 Academy Awards, Cher poses with actor Don Ameche, to whom she had presented an award for Best Supporting Actor in the film Cocoon. Her fantasy costume prompted critical quips, which Cher ignored. just a figurehead lending her name. She has served as honorary chairwoman from time to time, helped with publicity, and attended fund-raising functions. In the late 1980s, Hollywood was no longer ignoring Cher. She was featured in three major motion pictures— The Witches of Eastwick, Suspect, and Moonstruck.

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