Dear Mom, Love Cher
"Dear Mom, Love Cher" is a documentary by writer-director P. David Ebersole which will be adored by the large subset of the LGBTQ community and devotees of Lifetime programming. You can watch it now on DVD if you didn't catch in on Mother's Day earlier this year.
In it, Cher, Georgia Holt (Mom), and sister Georganne, discuss their family history. The ladies take on their Hollywood careers, their lives from childhood to the present, and Georgia's six husbands. Although this is a family-friendly expose one could watch with innocents, it is about Cher's mother, so it might be best to reserve viewing for fanatics.
Holt is the proud matriarch of a family who unconditionally loves her. It is easy to see why. She is a self-professed "wild woman" with a strong proclivity for independence. Her brilliance, beauty and ingenuity is captured in photos from her days as a beauty queen and clips from TV spots such as "The Lucille Ball Show."
The documentary changes directions when they introduce Holt's lifelong dream of releasing a country album. This topic segues into Holt's new album which is complemented by present-day clips of her performing with a band. Naysayers will complain that this is a 90-minute commercial for the new album. The rest of us won't care, because Holt and Cher sound almost exactly the same (Cher's voice is slightly huskier from all that hard '70s & '80s living). Holt oozes the same electric charisma that made Cher famous.
DVD special features include, "Georgia," the video Cher had made to commemorate Holt's 85th birthday. "Georgia" is a condensed version of the Cher and Holt interview. For some, the most special feature of all will be the duet "I'm Just Your Yesterday" featuring mother and daughter. It's the tribute we'd give our own Mom if we had Cher's resources.
"Dear Mom, Love Cher"