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The documents she was carrying were never found. Many believed the crash was no accident and that Silkwood had been murdered to destroy her incriminating testimony. According to Cher, when Nichols asked her if she wanted a role opposite celebrated actress Meryl Streep, who would play the main character, Karen Silkwood, Cher accepted the offer without even asking what the film was about. A couple of weeks later, Nichols told Cher OSCAR-WINNING ACTRESS 53 that she would be playing Dolly Pelliker, a rebellious, tough-talking lesbian who shares a house with Karen and Karen’s boyfriend, Drew, played by Kurt Russell.

They named her Chastity, after their second film. 31 32 CHER The film Good Times featured Cher and Sonny in skits that were supposed to display their comic talents. Fans were not amused by scenes such as this jungle sketch, and the film flopped. The joys of parenthood, however, did not solve the couple’s problems. After two box-office bombs and a decreasing audience for their records, Sonny and Cher were almost broke. They had spent some $500,000 and mortgaged their home to make Chastity. It was time for a change.

Rusty, although rebellious and sometimes a drug user, loves Rocky unconditionally. She assures him that his internal beauty is far more important than what people see at first glance. Rocky’s disease not only disfigures him but also makes his internal organs weak. Rocky Dennis dies while still a teenager. One of the film’s most haunting scenes is Rusty’s discovery one morning that her son has died in his sleep. She cradles Rocky in her arms before she says good-bye. Cher enjoyed working with Eric Stoltz, but she was often at odds with the director, Peter Bogdanovich.

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