Cher, eternal diva

After more than 45 years in the entertainment industry, Cher has plenty to celebrate. But is there anything she regrets not doing?

“Marlon Brando,” she says before bursting out laughing. She composes herself before explaining that she did meet with the legendary actor once.

“I regret not meeting him more,”?she adds. “It was great. We had the best time. But I was trying to make my marriage work — it didn’t work anyway.”

After a farewell tour that ended up going on for three years, a hugely successful residency in Vegas and a new album in the works for 2011, it’s clear Cher isn’t going anywhere — especially with her return to the big screen, “Burlesque,” debuting Wednesday.

While she’s been at the top of her game in several areas of show business, Cher admits people weren’t always so accepting of her. “People don’t trust you if you do two things. When I started to act, people were very wary of me,” she says. “People start to think of you in a certain way. That’s what they’re comfortable with. And then you make that right turn and everybody’s like, ‘Wait a minute, I didn’t buy into this.’”

As something of an elder stateswoman in the world of pop, Cher has a few opinions about how the cultural landscape has changed — and how she helped change it: “When Sonny and I first came out, I had a clothing line right away. And I don’t think other people had,” she says. “But now it’s a different thing. You sing one song and you’ve got a perfume. So you don’t really have to do too much.”


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