Sonny Bono – Mayor and Shorter Half of Cher

celeb:  Sonny Bono
occupation:  TV Actor, most notably on The Sonny and Cher Show, Songwriter, Politician

mid-70s

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 mid-1990s

Sonny Bono was more of a caricature than an actor and most likely that was on purpose. He couldn’t be taken seriously beside Cher. Neither of them were talented so they had that in common. Sonny wrote their songs, releasing his only hit, Laugh at Me, which went to #10 on the top 100. video: Sonny & Cher perform 1966

The Sonny and Cher Show
ran from 1971 to 1974 but came to an abrupt halt when they divorced. By all accounts Sonny was devastated. He later stated in an interview that it took him “ten years to get over Cher.” Must be the hair. They had one child together, a then girl, Chastity. More on that train wreck later. That’s when Sonny’s entertainment career took a nosedive. S & C’s last appearance together was on Late Night with David Letterman in 1987. 
video: Sonny and Cher on Letterman

Sonny made appearances on those sitcoms where washed up celebrities go: Fantasy Island and Love Boat. Ouch. In 1982 he landed (pun) a small role in Airplane II.In 1986 he starred in the tongue-in-cheek horror Troll. He appeared on The Golden Girls. His last acting role was 1993 when made an appearance on The New Adventures of Superman. Sonny entered a new career in politics, becoming Mayor of Palm Springs from 1988 to 1992.
video: Sonny Bono Debate-  trouble maker
video: 1991 – Sonny Bono David Letterman

Sonny died in 1998 from a skiing accident in Nevada (he skied into a tree…perhaps he saw Cher and turned his head to take another look).
video: Sonny’s Funeral Cher Speaks
video: Sonny Bono’s Grave
video: NBC Dateline – life and death of Sonny Bono

That’s where it gets tawdry.

In the early 1990s, Chastity Bono was outed as a fat lesbian by the press. Sonny wasn’t thrilled with the news. He was in politics and didn’t want the publicity. Cher wasn’t any better, yelling in rage. Such warm parents. However Chastity also had gender identity disorder and at 39 had sex reassignment surgery, mercifully after Sonny’s death. He goes by the name of Chaz. That’s Sonny and Cher’s parenting skills at work for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

video: Cher Tells All About Sonny – Ellen Degeneres
video: MAD TV spoofs Sonny’s death
video: Chaz on It Gets Better site
video: Gender Switch Chastity Bono to become Chaz
video: Chastity Bono 1996 Part 2

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4 Responses to Sonny Bono – Mayor and Shorter Half of Cher

  1. Pingback: “I Got You Babe” Performed by Sonny & Cher (1965) — Old School Music Lover

  2. Laura says:

    Trainwreck, indeed.

  3. Chromeheart says:

    I recently saw the doc “Becoming Chaz,” about, who else, Chaz Bono. Cher was gracious enough to be interviewed f/ the doc, but she comes off as a totally miserable person. People like Cher, who try to come-off as soooooh cool, usually suck moose cock in real life. It is a wonder Chaz turned-out as well as she did, considering those creeps as parents.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sonny’s blood was found to have a high dose of Xanax in it.

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