On June 26, 1975, after 13 years as a couple, and 6 years of marriage, the famous singing duo of Sonny and Cher were legally divorced. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about this legendary couple in Hollywood history...
Sonny Didn’t Find Cher Attractive
Cher says Sonny told her he didn't find her "particularly attractive" when when they first met and was more interested in her roommate. This was in 1964, when Cher was only 16 and was being kicked out of her room by her roommates for not having rent and needed somewhere to stay. Sonny let her live in his apartment if she agreed to cook and clean for him.
They Performed Using the Names Caesar and Cleo Sonny and Cher started performing together in Los Angeles in 1963 and played mainly record hops and bowling alleys. They used the name Caesar and Cleo after seeing the big-budget film of the day Cleopatra. Little did anyone know that by 1965 they would evolve into the famous performing duo, Sonny and Cher.
Cher Sang Backup in a Number of Songs Before they became famous, both Sonny and Cher worked for record producer Phil Spector and sometimes did backup vocals. Sonny said he did whatever work was needed. Cher’s voice can be heard in many of the hits of the day such as the Righteous Brothers' “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes.
Their Divorce Was Unusual
Cher filed for divorce in 1974, citing “involuntary servitude” as the reason for the split. The divorce proceedings were ugly; she accused Sonny of withholding her fair share of earnings and Sonny countered by taking her to court for custody of Chastity. Another bone of contention was their home in Beverly Hills, a fight that was settled when Dave Geffen, Cher’s boyfriend, took matters into his own hands and enlisted two security guards to help him round up all Sonny’s things and put them out on the curb.
Both Married Again
Cher married musician Greg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band only three days after her divorce to Sonny Bono was finalized. The union lasted nine days before Cher filed for divorce. The two eventually reconciled, had a son, and even made a duet album before divorcing in 1979. Bono married Mary Whitaker in 1986 and moved to Washington, D.C. when he was elected to Congress in 1994. Bono died four years later in a skiing accident.