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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa J The Cfdar Rapids Gazette. Tues., Aug. 28, 1S74 Cher's Side Sonny Ran Careers with Iron Fist Cher and daughter Chastity By Jerry Buck LOS AM1KLKS (AH) In the Sonny and Cher battle of the sexes on television. Cher always won with a clever put- down, acting Ihe tart-tongued liberated unman Bui in real life, she says. Sonny was a "watered-down Svengali" who ran their ca- reers and lives with an iron fist. Kxcept on TV. there was no back-talk and the jokes about Sonny's being short or Italian were his idea, she says, because he wanted her lu he willy. And liberated1.1 He wouldn't let her go to ihe movies or learn tennis be- cause it would take her mil nf the house, she says. Cher talked candidly in an interview about life with her now-estranged husband, pic- turing him as Professor Hig- gins to her Doolittle, shaping her and molding her usmess By Marilyn Beck HOLLYWOOD "Harry and Tonto" is provid- ing Art Carney with more than some rave reviews. It's giving him the incentive to stay sober. The 20th Century-Fox proj- ect marks Carney's first mot- ion picture starring role in a 37-year career, and has made him determined, "I want to enjoy all the good things that are happening to me and I enjoy life more when I'm sober." The last 37 years, he savs for Tuesday PARAMOUNT "The White Dawn" 6, IOWA "S'P'Y'S" Wednesday matinee "Mr. Majestyk" TIMES "The Born Los- ers" Wednesday matinee "Easy Rider" 2. "The Last Picture Show" PLAZA "The Absent Minded Professor" "The Castaway Cowboy" STAGE 1 "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" STAGE 2 "The Macon County Line" STAGE 3 "For Pete's Sake" 8. STAGE 4 "Bank Shot" EASTOWN 1 "Buster and Billie" 2, EASTOWN 2 "Herbie Rides Again" 9. MARION Features at 11. 1, 3. 5, 7, 9. COLLINS "A Man Called Moon" "Steelyard Blues" Marilyn Beck have been pockmarked with periods of alcoholism. Looking backwards, he feels, "I should have seen a psychiatrist about the problem when I first start- ed drinking at age 18." The professional funny man, most famous for his Ed Norton portrayal on Jackie Glcason's "The Honeymoon- crs" series, refers to himself as "an arrested says, "my longest period of sobriety was two years not the last two years." And claims that more than any- thing else he hopes he'll never take another drink in his life. hospital or another for a curt But I always pulled myse together. No one ever had t have me committed." Tha last fact is a decided point pride with him. He has known times r extreme emotional, physica and professional depression Art volunteers. And is clatei that things are looking so pos itive now because of "Harr; and Talking about the picture ii which he gives a touchini portrayal of a 72-year-old wic ower attempting to cope wit modern life, Carney says, "1 reinforced my realization tha I'm growing old and that don't want to lose anothe; hour of my life in a drink induced haze." "There were he reveals, "when drink inter- fered with my career, when I would check myself into one While Barbra Streisand and Jon Peters are enjoying an Acapulco holiday, the buzz is going around town that Kris Kristofferson is being re- placed as Barbra's co-star in the musical remake of "A Star Is Born" by Jon Pe- ters. TWIXT TOWN Sting" 9; "Pete TWIN' WEST Losers" "The Tillic" into his own image of "My Fair Lady' Finally, she said she'd had enough and she rebelled. I didn't object to him run- ning things." she said "He was better al it than 1 was Nut I think people, indisdins women, should have more freedom abou' how your life is run than mst saying yes The "Sunny and Cher Come- dy lop-rated for three years, fell apart with the Ill- year marriage. They contin- ued the1 show for two years after they separated. Wanted To Do Divorce Show "If he hadn't filed for sepa- ration no, that's not true. I didn'l want to continue the show. We went to the network and asked to do a divorce show, but the network didn't I like it. It would have been the same show except that it I would be a divorced couple." j Sonny filed suit for separa- tion Feb. 19, 1974. She count- ered with a suit for dissolution (if the marriage. A property settlement and custody of their 5-year-old blonde daughter. Chastity, is being negotiated in divorce court. Sonny bounced back with a new ABC variety show pre- miering this fall. Cher will do a solo special for CBS. Sitting cross-legged in black leotard and stockings on a couch in the 22-room Holmby Hills mansion she once shared with Sonny. Cher sipped a glass of iced tea. The ornately paneled room, decorated with old books, flintlock pistols and dark paintings, reflects Son- ny's touch and is softened only by a spray of flowers. Chastity played outside with her bicycle on the walled-in grounds. Cher's boyfriend, David Geffen, wandered into the room wearing cut-off jeans, looking very boyish. He's also multimillionaire record producer. Cher is fond of Geffen. She Geffen had no comment dur- ing Ihe inlerview Was Shy, Introverted Chenlyn U Piere met Suivatore Bono on a blind date in Hollywood. She was 16 Sonny, then 28. was a once- married ne'er do well. After a short courtship, they were married on Oct. 27, 19H. She was a shy. introverted girl, so frightened of audi- ences that Sonny had to push her on stage for their first performance. She clung to him. depended on him. looke to him for guidance. Finally it became smothering. "Sonny brought me out per Cher said. "He a ways wanted me to be witt and a good entertainer. But h wanted me to stay Ihe way- was when I met him. It's bar to stay the way you were at 1 when you're 27." "Sonny was a male chauvin ist. There's nothing wrong with that. He's really a nic she said. "He think women are beautiful, bu should slay in their place wherever it is." Cher was just back from exercise class. Her long blacl hair was parted in the middle and tied Indian style. Slit wore no makeup, but her dark skin she's part Armenian part Turkish, part French and part Cherokee Indian glis lened. Her dark sloe eyes reflected rays from the late afternoon sun. She spoke again of Sonny and her "personal freedom." "I don't mean bizarre free- dom; I couldn't go to the movies with a girlfriend. The only place I could go was shopping. "I wanted to learn tennis and he said he wasn't too crazy about that. It would take me away from home. There weren't many other things because I never got a chance. I learned to ski, which I really love, but I didn't get a chance to do it until I left him." pushed Sonny, she says, was to buy the million house just off Sunset boulevard. She cried. After the breakup, she paid Sonny for Ihe house and was lo move back in on July I. Whin Sonny didn't move out. she look possession one night while he was away. l'nange. He went to n hotel anil later Tomorrow rented a house "1 love this house. 1 alwa> wanted it. I feel good here, must means something to m that 1 can't express. I feel nic here because 1 can gel awa from everyone and be alone She said they didn't argue much "It would have been healthier to do thai (her aiidwi. I hau- nn own feelings about divorce So many people gel divorced to- day I Ihink you shouldn't regard it as failure .lust a "2 ADVINTUII IMCf I FIRST DRIVE IN "GOLDEN VOYAGE OFSINBAD NO. a ACTION coioa "LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD" PO, sees him as a man much likei Pushed Sonny Sonny but with a more en- ightened view toward women, iut she says she has no plans o marry because of her fear "The The Burn Man Who Loved Cat Dancing" TWIN EAST "The C.old- en Voyage of Sinhari" ft 05; "The Light at the Kdge of Ihe Worlrl" becoming confined again. PHOENIX Banquets SHOW LOUNGE OFF COUPON Mon., Tues. and Wed. Large 14" Shrimp Mushroom Peppmni Sauiagc plus all The Fountain Pop You Can Drink FEEDS 3 to 5 People Dine Here Only on this Special Please PIZZERIA i 2739 6th St. SW, Cedar Rapids SPECIALIZING IN OLD WORLD DINNER STYLE PIZZA served in a pan Please Allow 20 Minutes Cooking Time Vz Ib. RIBEYE STEAK DINNER HASH BROWNS THIS COUPON GOOD FOR OFF P'ZZa Not Good For Carry Ouf Special Qfftf Good Any Diy Now Thru 1 PHONE 363-5850 ITALIAN BEEF SANDWICH PIN I N 720 I Oth St. Ph. 377-6351 MARION To Buy House The only time she ever THE HOT SPOT EMERGENCY ROOM 4650 1st Ave. N.E. on Tap BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND A RE-RELEASE STARTS WED. 7 ACADEMY AWARDS MEK MONEY nd MOONSHINE wxDirraiMQTnvict MAMAKMnniarr FIRST RUN BURT REYNOLDS PC "MAN WHO LOVED CAT DANCING" (B) COIOR ACTIONI PETER JACK HOPPER NICHOLSON BONUS FILM GIANT ''THE LAST PICTURE SHOW" (R> THE MIRISCH CORPORATION Presents CHARLES BRONSON in A WALTER MIRISCH-RICHARD FLEISCHER PRODUCTION "MR. MAJESTYK" Also Starring AL LETTIERI LINDA CRISTAL LEEPURCELL WALT DISNEY'S "THE CASTAWAY "THE ABSENT-MINDED PROFESSOR" Tuesday Be Our Guest KCRG FREE MOVIE NIGHT At the Collins Road Drive-In Theater Opens at PM Show Starts at PM FIRST FEATURE: "THE MAN CALLED NOON" Starring Richard Crenna, Stephen Boyd, Rosanna Schiaffim 'PG' Parental Guidance Suggested SECOND FEATURE: "STEELYARD BLUES" Starring Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Peter Boyle "PG" Parental Guidance Suggested PLUS TWO CARTOONS NO TICKETS TO BUY... JUST DRIVE OUT AND DRIVE IN COMPLIMENTS OF TIMES Due To Remodeling OPEN Mon-Ihun. 2 p.m.-2 a.m. fri. I Sol. M ajB.-2eun. 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