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‘Dear Mom, Love Cher’

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Hour-long special airing May 6 chronicles family matriarch’s life story

Cher and her mom, Georgia Holt.
Cher and her mom, Georgia Holt.

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Lifetime premieres the documentary Dear Mom, Love Cher, revealing the extraordinary life story and perseverance of Cher’s mother, Georgia Holt. The hour-long special is executive produced by Oscar-winner and gay icon Cher.

Dear Mom, Love Cher provides a rare peek into Cher’s fascinating family history and features in-depth interviews with Holt, her daughters Cher and Georganne LaPiere Bartylak, and grandchildren Chaz Bono and Elijah Blue Allman.

The documentary begins with Holt’s humble beginnings in rural Arkansas, where she first dreamed of stardom as a little girl and continues through her six tumultuous marriages while pursuing a career among Hollywood’s elite as a singer and actress. Holt endures a series of dramatic personal and professional triumphs and setbacks but survived and overcame the odds—no matter the challenge—to successfully raise two loving daughters. One of the daughters would live out the dream Holt could never fulfill for herself and go on to become one of the world’s biggest stars.

Dear Mom, Love Cher includes unprecedented access to the family and features a never-before-heard duet performance with Holt and Cher, along with the long-lost recordings Holt taped more than three decades ago that Cher has re-mastered for commercial release later this year, making her mother’s lifelong dream a reality.

“This project started as a gift for my mom’s 86th birthday. Like most things in my family, it was initiated by my sister, Georganne, who asked me if I could update mom’s album. So I went BIG (I’m known in the family for doing that),” says Cher. “My sister and I are proud of our mom and we want to share her with the world. My mom is EXACTLY like ‘Rocky.’ She NEVER gives up! Well…if we must nit-pick, they aren’t totally alike. Rocky is a fictitious boxer and mom’s a singer. He’s younger and a man. Other than that they are the same person! FIGHTERS.”

Airs on Lifetime on Monday, May 6, at 9 p.m. CST.

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