Next came acting with Meryl Streep and Kurt Russell in “Silkwood.” She received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her role as a blue-collar lesbian.
In 1987's “Moonstruck“ Cher played an accountant who falls for her fiance's younger brother. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, and Cher won Best Actress Award.
“'Moonstruck' was such an easy movie to make, it wasn't even like we were making a movie,” she told interviewer Charlie Rose. “I feel almost guilty winning an Academy Award for it because it was so much fun, it was so simple.”
Cher described her venture into acting to Larry King, “You don't know if you can do anything until you try it. To stop doing things that you might really want to to in your lifetime because you might fail seems really ridiculous to me,” she said. “Most of my successes have surprised me because you just don't know with art.”
With all the awards and accolades she has accumulated, Cher was asked by www.cherworld.com to select one highlight.
“If I was going to pick something it would be the Academy Award because it meant an acceptance from my peers that was really an amazing night for me and a culmination of a lot of things that I hoped for.”
Born in El Centro, Cherilyn Sarkisian – everybody called her Cher – came from an Armenian American father and a mother with Cherokee heritage. Before she became a session singer, she took acting lessons.
Cher described herself to Charlie Rose as a child with low esteem.
“I never excelled at anything, I was horrible in school, I was not that cute. I didn't really do anything that would lead anyone except my mother to think that I as going to do something with my life some day. I don't think artist have self esteem, if they did they wouldn't be doing this.”
Cher scoffed at the notion that she periodically “reinvents” herself.
“I've been the same person since I was six years old. So I don't get that whole reinvention thing,” she said in an interview with www.nyrock.com. “You do something that's not successful and you're bored, and you do something that's successful and you're reinventing yourself.
“Like I do stuff with hair and costumes, because what am I gonna do? Come out in overalls and a white tee shirt?”