This is how Cher responded to a director who said she was 'too old' for Hollywood at 40
Pop-culture, musical and sartorial icon, Cher, has been outspoken about the realities of working in a male-dominated industry since the beginning of her career. The 72-year-old, who has been a longtime ally of the LGBTQ community, has openly criticised the Trump administration's stance on the aforementioned and lent her face to modern-day grievances, such as the gender pay gap, and the #MeToo and Time's Up initiatives.
During her sold-out concert in Atlantic City, the singer regaled her audience with stories of sexism in Hollywood, one of which involved the director George Miller, and her former co-star Jack Nicholson.
Asserting that she was feeling insecure about hitting the big 4-0 - something that's known as the age of retirement for female actresses in Hollywood - Cher described feeling anxious, but nonetheless positive about the new chapter in her life. "I went to sleep, dreaming these fabulous thoughts of being 40 and it was good, and I was going to get all these movies and I was just so happy," she told her fans.
However, Cher went on to reveal that shortly afterwards she had received an incredibly insulting phone call from George Miller, who was in the midst of directing 1987's The Witches of Eastwick, which she was starring in alongside Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer.
The legendary performer recounted the cruel things that Miller had said: "And in the morning, my telephone rang and the man said, 'Hi, Cher, it's George Miller.' I said, 'Hey, George.' He was the director of Witches of Eastwick. So he said, 'I just wanted to call and tell you that I don't want you in my movie and Jack Nicholson and I think you're too old and you're not sexy.' Good morning 40!"
But it didn't just stop there, "He didn’t want to hang up. He just wanted to tell me everything: 'I hate the way you walk, I hate the way you talk, I don’t like the colour of your hair, I don’t like your eyes,'" she continued.
Cher joked that "tears started streaming down her old face," but that she ultimately refused to take the matter lying down.
"I was like, 'OK, look motherf*cker... you didn’t find me under a rock. I was nominated for an Academy Award for Silkwood. And I got the Cannes Film Festival award for best actress for Mask, so goodbye!'" she responded.
Cher went on to wow in The Witches of Eastwick, and even formed a long-standing friendship with Jack Nicholson.
In any case, the bosses of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again clearly think that Cher is doing just fine at 72 - after having cast her in the role of Ruby Sheridan - Donna's mother and Sophie's grandmother.
Since then, the star has announced that the part has inspired her to record an entire album of Abba covers. It seems as if Christmas has come early, folks.