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<i>“To Cher, Love David”:</i> A Letter Never Sent

“To Cher, Love David”: A Letter Never Sent

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In 1986 and 1987, I worked on the Martin Ritt film Nuts at Warner Bros. in Burbank.  It was my first job out of film school and I was in a happy state of disbelief most days, unable to grasp my good fortune. Though I truly started at the bottom (as an office runner, a step below production assistant), I was only t00 glad to be a glorified gopher. My job was to ride a bicycle around the lot all day delivering things like messages and lunches.  I found exploring the back lot exhilarating.  As a child who grew up completely immersed in the history of studio films, I was filled with an almost religious fervor for the traditions and legends of the major studios. During the eleven or so months I worked there, I was simultaneously reading books about Warner Bros.’ history, which deepened the experience. Riding around the lot I could almost feel the presence of the great actors who had once been under contract during the Golden Era.

Cher "Witches of Eastwick"
Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher, and Susan Sarandon in “The Witches of Eastwick” (1987)

“It was almost too much for my young, gay brain having Streisand, Cher, Goldie, and Madonna orbiting around me each day.”

 

"Nuts" Streisand
In my P.A. garb outside soundstage 28A, Warner Bros. studio, 1986

While I was there the studio was also filming The Lost Boys.  I remember talking to Dianne Weist and telling her how much I loved her performance in Hannah and Her Sisters and seeing Kiefer Sutherland walking around in his vampire drag.  They were also filming Bird on a Wire with Goldie Hawn, who I would see from time to time, and Mel Gibson, who once made my day by bumming a cigarette.  (He was surprsingly short, but really sexy.)  They were also filming Who’s That Girl and I remember the day the producer of our film, Cis Corman, brought Madonna to the soundstage to meet Barbra Streisand.  But by far the most distracting presence on the lot was Cher, who was filming The Witches of Eastwick.  It was almost too much for my young, gay brain having Streisand, Cher, Goldie, and Madonna orbiting around me.

I would pass Cher’s trailer every day and slow down my bike, hoping to catch a glimpse of the star, but it never happened.  Finally, in desperation one day, I wrote a letter with the intention of slipping it under the door of her trailer, but I chickened out.  Of course, I kept the letter and reading it over brings back so many of the positive and negative feelings about who I was when I wrote it.

I did get to work with Cher years later and I liked her a great deal.  In honor of her 68th birthday (which she most certainly is not happy about), here is the letter I wrote but never sent; thought I still think she is “fucking cool” I see her now with much more compassion and complexity.
Cher Letter

More Cher in Stargayzing:

“Cher” Day: Acknowledging October 17, 1975

Stargayzing Mix Tape: The Most Unbelievable Cover Songs of All-Time! #9: Chér’s Cover of Paul McCartney’s “My Love”

The Beat Goes On: The Story of a Boy and His Cher, Part One

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2 Comments

  1. Kal
    February 27, 2015 at 10:04 am
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    Hi David, I like your site, and have only read two articles so far, but they made me smile. While I’m sure Cher probably wouldn’t have liked you ‘banging’ on her trailer door, I’m sure if she saw you, she would have said hi. You look a bit ‘Tootie-ish’ in your pic, and Cher would have liked that I bet. And I mean that nicely! Honest! Anyway, I’m glad I stumbled upon your site this evening! Stay well, Kal

    • David Munk
      March 5, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      Hi Kal,

      Thank you for such a kind note. It was a rather overwhelming moment for me at that young age to be on the back lot with Barbra on “Nuts” at the same time as Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer were shooting “The Witches of Eastwick,” Goldie Hawn was shooting “Overboard,” Madonna was shooting “Who’s That Girl,” and Diane Weist was in “The Lost Boys.” You never knew who you’d see, but I never did see Cher.

      I hope you’ll bookmark the blog and stay in touch. David

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