03:51 | 20th June 2018

Top Feature: Darren Waite

Strong Enough: A Biography of an Icon

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Five decades and 100 million album sales after first appearing on the music scene as one half of pop duo Sonny and Cher, the Grammy, Emmy, and Oscar-winning phenomenon that is Cher is an indisputable living legend.

But part of the story of how she achieved her unique status has been left untold, until now. Here, for the first time, is the behind- the-scenes history of Cher, the 1975 variety show that transformed her from star to superstar. At the same time she was trading quips on TV with Jerry Lewis and Steve Martin, and performing with the likes of Michael Jackson and Elton John, her personal life was front—and back—page news.

In the shadow of her success, Cher defied network censors, battled depression, appeared before a Grand Jury to testify in a murder trial, ended her relationship with music mogul David Geffen, married, separated from and reconciled with rock icon Gregg Allman, dealt with her father’s multi-million-dollar “Invasion of Privacy” lawsuit, Sonny Bono’s “Breach of Contract” lawsuit, and engaged in a protracted custody battle for her daughter Chastity.

Including exclusive on-set interviews with Cher and her television series’ creators, as well as many of the program’s big-name guest stars, Cher: Strong Enough documents the ins and outs and ups and downs of a variety show that broke boundaries, dared to be different, and showcased a one-name American icon.

Cher: Strong Enough is published in December 2013 and is released ahead of her much anticipated 'Never Can Say Goodbye Tour' in 2014.

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