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Cher is 70! Here are 70 things I love about her

It’s been said that the only two things to survive a nuclear holocaust are cockroaches – and Cher.

The ultimate showbiz survivor was born on May 20, 1946. She was named Cherilyn Sarkisian and the world has not been quite the same since.

In her 70 years, Cher has been a top-selling recording artist, an Oscar winning actress, infomercial queen, style risk taker and always – always – a gay icon.

Here are 70 things that we love about the one and only Cher.

1. Believe
2. I Got You Babe
3. Moonstruck
4. The hair – the wigs – the headdresses!
5. Her resiliency
6. That contralto voice
7. Those clothes – those costumes!
8. The 1988 reunion with Sonny Bono on The Late Show With David Letterman
9. She’s Chaz Bono’s mom
10. Her honesty in admitting the struggles she had with Chaz’s transition from female to male
11. The showdown with a doubting Jack McFarland on Will & Grace
12. She’s an EGO: winner of an Emmy, Grammy and Oscar
13. Her always buzzing Twitter account

14. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour
15. The Cher Show
16. Half Breed
17. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
18. The farewell tour that went on and on and on for 2.5 years
19. The raw and unforgettable eulogy she gave at Sonny Bono’s funeral
20. She dated both Maverick (Tom Cruise) and Iceman (Val Kilmer) from Top Gun in the 1980s
21. Mask
22. The outrageous midriff baring outfit with headdress she wore to the 1986 Academy Awards after being robbed of an Oscar nod for Mask
23. Mermaids
24. She’s been an inspiration for drag queens for 50-plus years
25. Rock ballad Heart of Stone
26. The 1978 disco hit Take Me Home
27. The stupendous power ballad You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me from Burlesque
28. Her underrated work in the 1987 legal thriller Suspect
29. She still performs fan fave Just Like Jesse James in concert even though she complains it has too many words

30. Her ‘Follow this bitches’ patter during her farewell concert tour in which she throws down the gauntlet to younger divas like Britney Spears
31. She played an exaggerated – and hilarious – version of herself in the 2004 comedy Stuck on You and went to bed with Frankie Muniz
32. The Lifetime special Dear Mom, Love Cher about her still stunning mother Georgia Holt
33. Her sublime version of Walking In Memphis
34. Not.com.mercial, the 2000 album Cher wrote and sold only online
35. The Beat Goes On
36. The Witches of Eastwick
37. Her Sanctuary catalog filled with gothic merchandise
38. The video for If I Could Turn Back Time featuring hundreds of sailors and a near-naked Cher
39. “Snap out of it!’
40. Her friendship with Kathy Griffin
41. Her bouncy, exuberant version of The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)
42. The classic album cover for Take Me Home featuring Cher – with antlers
43. The 1966 hit Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
44. Song for the Lonely – an anthem that Cher dedicated to those serving in the war in Iraq
45. Her gorgeous rendition of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes in the 1999 film Tea with Mussolini
46. The wardrobe of the character of Mrs. Flax in the 1990 film Mermaids.
47. The beautiful ballad My Song (Too Far Gone) that she wrote about her second husband Gregg Allman.
48. Her sexy We All Sleep Alone video with then-boyfriend Rob Camilletti
49. Introducing Auto-Tune to the world
50. Her newspaper wig in the Women’s World video
51. Her wacky Laverne character from Sonny and Cher and The Cher Show
52. Her mid-90s comeback after being sidelined by illness and infomercials
53. She is queen of Las Vegas whenever she wants to be
54. The gorgeous duet After All with Peter Cetera
55. She’s had a number one song on a Billboard chart for six consecutive decades
56. Strong Enough
57. Her first solo hit All I Really Want to Do in 1965
58. She popularized hippie fashion with bell-bottoms, bandanas, and fur vests in the 1960s
59. She had an affair with Warren Beatty at 16 – the same year she met Sonny Bono
60. Her version of the U2 I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For which opened her late 90s and early 2000s tours
61. The VH1 Divas Las Vegas duet with Tina Turner of Proud Mary
62. When she died onscreen in If These Walls Could Talk
63. Her best 1970s ballad The Way of Love
64. She’s one of five performers to have had a US number-one single and won an acting Academy Award
65. The 1980 video for Hell on Wheels
66. Launching the Dressed to Kill Tour in her late 60s
67. Her rock version of I Got You Babe on Beavis and Butt-head
68. She gave up $300,000 a week performing in Vegas to perform Off-Broadway in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
69. She named her child with Greg Allman Elijah Blue
70. Cher always gives a good interview – always.

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Morning Men: Cher’s loves Rob Camilletti, Sonny Bono, Greg Allman, Richie Sambora, Val Kilmer, Tom Cruise and more!

Cher is 70 years old today so why not feature the men who have been in her life over the years as our Morning Men?

She married two of them: Sonny Bono and Gregg Allman who are the fathers of her children.

Sonny was older and Gregg about her age and plenty of the guys in Cher’s life and been far younger including Top Gun stars Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer as well as Rob Camilletti who she was with when she won the Academy Awards for Moonstruck.

Others include Warren Beatty (a brief fling when she was 16), Richie Sambora, David Geffen (before he was gay!), and KISS frontman Gene Simmons.

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Why Laverne Cox’s casting in ‘Doubt’ is historic

Laverne Cox is about to make show business history – again.
The Orange is the New Black (OITNB) star will become the first transgender person to play a transgender series regular role on a broadcast television series.
She has been cast opposite Katherine Heigl in the CBS legal drama Doubt which will premiere this fall.
‘We are picked up for series. So grateful and so happy,’ Cox posted on Instagram when the pick-up was announced recently.
Her other historic firsts include:
- The first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the acting category for her performance in OITNB as Sophia Burset, a trans woman sent to prison for credit-card fraud.
- The first openly transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine.
- The first openly transgender person to have a wax figure of herself at Madame Tussauds.
It’s a busy time for Cox who hosted the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City last weekend and dazzled in multiple gowns.

Season 4 of OITNB will begin streaming on Netflix on June 17 and Cox will star in Fox’s remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in the fall as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

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Celeb Instagram: Jan-Michael Gambill shirtless! Cheyenne in Seattle; Margaret Cho’s shoes

Can't we have #Stagecoach once a month at least… #TBT #country #music and #sun and #beer

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In Seattle for some singing. Good to be back in my hometown. This town still smells like patchouli.

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SHOES

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Colton Haynes gets real on Instagram

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Raven-Symoné asks if US Supreme justices are elected during discussion on ABC’s “The View”

Since joining ABC’s The View as a co-host last year, Raven-Symoné has sometimes come off as clueless on certain topics.

You can now add the US Supreme Court to that list.

On Thursday, the former That’s So Raven star was part of a discussion about the US Supreme Court.

Moderator Whoopi Goldberg was furious that the US Senate has not even considered President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy left by the death of conservative justice Antonin Scalia.

Symone, 30, remarked that she ‘doesn’t know that much about politics’ then asked if Supreme Court justices were elected by the people.

For the record, they are not.

They are nominated by the president and must be confirmed by the US Senate. During his years in office, Obama has appointed liberal-leaning justice Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

The conversation was sparked by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this week unveiled a list of his potential nominees to the high court if elected.

A child star who got her start on The Cosby Show, Symonè has had plenty of bumpy moments on The View.

Her own father spoke out publicly when she said if she were an employer looking to make a hire, she would not consider any names that sounded too ethnic like ‘Watermelondrea.’

But insists she doesn’t let any of the criticism get her down.

‘I’m in a job where it’s about opinions and it’s about my opinion on certain things and so everyone gets scrutinized for their opinion even though we live in America and we’re supposed to have free speech,” she told E! News at her 30th birthday party last December.

‘I think that the best way that I can handle it is say my piece, stand behind my truth and move on myself.’

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Throwback Thursday: When Streep, Efron and Tucci sat down to talk ‘Julie & Julia’ and more

Somehow this popped up on YouTube while I was researching something else and I ended up watching the whole thing – and I did not really have time. But it was so great to spend time with the late, great Nora Efron, the brilliant Meryl Streep and the smart and sexy Stanley Tucci. They were promoting Julie & Julia written and directed by Efron and starring Streep as Julia Child. Love the conversation, the chemistry, the anecdotes. Set some time aside and enjoy!

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Happy 24th birthday to Sam Smith!

Hard to believe that Sam Smithis only 24! He already has an Oscar (Writing’s on the Wall from Spectre), he’s got four Grammys (Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album) plus Billboard Music Awards, a Golden Globe Award and Brit Awards. Now he can just retire! But please don’t Sam – we appreciate your talent and the fact that you came to success as an openly gay man.

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Thursday Morning Man: Drew Fuller!

Today is this very handsome guy’s 36th birthday. He’s Drew Fuller, an actor and former model is best known for his portrayal of Chris Halliwell on Charmed and for playing soldier Trevor LeBlanc on Lifetime’s Army Wives.

Drew began working as a model at age sixteen and quickly became a top model for such companies as Prada, Club Med and Tommy Hilfiger.

He has successfully transitioned into acting with many roles in television and film. His most recent films have been Fatal Instinct, The Night Before and Love Finds You in Charm.

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See a snippet of the new documentary ‘Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher’

This has a little bit of Grey Gardens element to it. Well, just mom and daughter living near each other. There’s nothing rundown about Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. They are showbiz royalty, both hugely successful, both starred in iconic films, and are devoted to each other. The HBO documentary Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher is apparently all the rage at the Cannes Film Festival. I cannot wait to see it!

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Celeb Instagram: Tom Daley selfie! Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Annie! Chaz Bono & dog! Victor Garber & Robbie Amell!

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Tonight season 7 finale of #ModernFamily is so many things. This is just one of them. (And in anticipation of the inevitable question: "Yes, there will be a Season 8!)

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Hanging in the morning my sweet boy Moo Moo. #sphynxcat

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River Cafe memory @robbieamell

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Colton Haynes goes gay in “Arrow,’ ‘Teen Wolf’ and ‘The Grinder’ in re-imagined scenes from each show

Colton Haynes has had regular or recurring roles on the TV series Teen Wolf, Arrow and The Grinder.

He doesn’t play a gay character in any of them.

But now that the actor has come out as gay in real life, a creative YouTuber has done some clever editing and come up with a video called Colton, You Gay Bro???

It re-imagines numerous scenes the young and impossibly handsome actor has played as gay or even more homoerotic than originally intended.

For example: The long hug and gaze into each other’s eyes on The Grinder?

That wasn’t a moment between father (Rob Lowe) and son. No, it was a passionate look of love and lust between two lovers who happen to be about two decades apart in age.

The video is heavy on shirtlessness and insinuation – and I love it!

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‘Looking: The Movie’ to premiere on HBO July 23

Fans of Looking – and that includes me! – can start planning their summer viewing parties.

HBO has announced that Looking: The Movie, the finale to the series about gay men in San Francisco, will premiere on July 23.

The series starring Jonathan Groff, Russell Tovey, Frankie J.Alvarez and Murray Bartlett was sadly canceled last year after two seasons but a finale was promised to we disappointed fans.

The 90-minute finale will conclude the storylines for the three close friends played by Groff, Alvarez and Bartlett who were the core of the series.

The film will air more than a year since Looking went off the air and the plot of the finale mirrors that time period.

It has the character of Patrick (Groff) returning to San Francisco for the first time in almost a year to celebrate a momentous event with his old friends.

While he’s in town, he must face the unresolved relationships he left behind. He also must make some difficult choices about what’s important to him.

Groff took a five-week break from the smash Broadway musical Hamilton to return to San Francisco to film the movie. He has been nominated for a Tony Award for supporting actor in a musical for his performance as King George.

Groff has since left Hamilton for good and begun work on his next TV series Mindhunter.It’s a far cry from Looking. The show is about the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit that tracks down serial killers and rapists.

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Lunch Break Video: Really love this ‘Inside Comedy’ interview Bette Midler did with David Steinberg

Watched this last night after it showed up on my Facebook page. We’ve seen plenty of interviews with Bette Midler but this one is different – and very appealing – because she is talking about her early days performing in clubs and she’s telling some really funny stories. I love the one about her audition for The Tonight Show and why she nailed it. Enjoy!

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Wednesday Morning Man: Ben Hardy!

Today’s Morning man is just 25 but his career is already going full steam ahead.

He’s Ben Hardy and he will appear in his first Hollywood film as Angel in the soon-to- be-released X-Men: Apocalypse.

Ben is a British actor and model. He is best known for playing the role of Peter Beale in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 2013 to 2015.

He is now filming the movie A Storm in the Stars.

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Late Night Video: See latest episode of ‘Go-Go Boy Interrupted’ featuring Broadway star Nick Adams

Nick Adams, Nick Adams, Nick Adams. My Broadway dreamboat who I got to see in Wicked in the role of Fiyero during the show’s national tour. Sigh. Anyway, Nick is featured heavily in today’s episode of Go-Go Boy Interrupted as a gorgeous dude at a pool party who recognizes Danny from his days as a Go-Go boy. It was awfully nice of the writers to make Nick’s scene shirtless – he’s got quite the body! Enjoy!

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Colton Haynes goes blonde!

It's crazy how the duck lips just go hand in hand with being a blonde haha. Not feeling the IQ points slip yet so I should be good haha. #ChangeFeelsGood

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Sandra Bernhard says Caitlyn Jenner ‘doesn’t understand that much about being a woman’

Caitlyn Jenner may have been the toast of the GLAAD Media Awards over the weekend but Sandra Bernhard is not one of her admirers.

The outspoken comic says of the Olympic legend turned reality TV star: ‘I think she was a right-wing, Republican man who was sexist and didn’t have too much insight into women.’

Jenner was honored by GLAAD for her coming out interview with Diane Sawyer.

It was during that April 2015 interview that she surprised many by reiterating that she is a Republican and wasn’t planning to change despite the party’s increasingly anti-LGBT positions.

Jenner, 66, has alienated some of her earlier supporters by remaining steadfastly conservative on her show I Am Cait during a time that many Republicans are supporting anti-trans legislation.

‘I think she’s someone who is transitioning into a woman, but still doesn’t understand that much about being a woman – or has that much respect for women,’ Bernhard tells Frontiers Magazine.

‘I find it very confounding.’

On one of this season’s episodes of her reality show, Jenner is seen slamming Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton. Jenner called Clinton a ‘political hack,’ a ‘fucking liar’ and claimed she doesn’t care about women.

In contrast, Jenner defended Republican candidate Donald Trump who has been known to make disparaging and deeply insulting comments about such women as Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and actress Rosie O’Donnell.

‘I think he’d be very good for women’s issues,’ Jenner said. ‘I don’t think he’s out there to destroy women or do any of that kinda stuff.’

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‘The Carol Burnett Show’ finally goes digital!

How cool is this?

For the first time ever, four volumes of the legendary television series The Carol Burnett Show are available in a digital format, Time Life announced today.

Fans can now enjoy this beloved series – one of my all-time favorites – exclusively for digital download on iTunes.

Says Burnett: “Through Time Life’s passionate efforts, we’ve reached so many fans, both new and old as the wagon wheel. At last, our little variety show takes its place on devices.”

The Best of The Carol Burnett Show, Volumes 1-4 includes four volumes of 15 episodes each, hand-picked by Burnett herself in partnership with Time Life, and presented in production order from seasons six through 11:

Volume 1 contains 15 episodes from the 6th and 7th seasons (1972-1973). These episodes feature uproarious guest appearances from Carl Reiner, Lily Tomlin, Tim Conway, Jack Gilford, John Byner, Andy Griffith and Helen Reddy. Fan favorite sketches include “Rebecky” (the movie take off of Rebecca), “Carol & Sis,” “Nora Desmond,” and “Snow White: 15 Years Later.”

Volume 2 contains 15 episodes from the 7th and 8th seasons (1973-1975). It features hysterical guest appearances from Ruth Buzzi, Steve Lawrence, Joel Grey, Vincent Price, Bernadette Peters, Jim Nabors, Alan Alda, and The Smothers Brothers. Includes recurring fan favorite sketches “Stella Toddler” and “The Family,” plus “La Cuperucita Roja” (Little Red Riding Hood) and musical performances by The Pointer Sisters and The Jackson 5!

Volume 3 contains 15 episodes from the 8th, 9th and 10th seasons (1975-1976). It features exuberant guest appearances from Jean Stapleton, Phil Silvers, Shirley MacLaine, Maggie Smith, Joanne Woodward, Dick Van Dyke, Tony Randall, Jack Klugman and Madeline Kahn. Includes recurring fan favorite sketches “Tudball & Wiggins” and “The Family,” plus “Cinderella Gets It On.”

Volume 4 contains 15 episodes from the 10th and 11th seasons (1976-1978). It features sidesplitting guest appearances from Roddy McDowall, Alan King, Betty White, Eydie Gorme, Ken Berry, Helen Reddy and Steve Martin. Fan favorite sketches include “As the Stomach Turns,” “The Oldest Man” and many more.

To download go to www.iTunes.com/CarolBurnett.

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Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) is observed annually on May 17. It draws the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements,the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT people internationally.

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