‘Mom’s Gone’: Cher tells fans her mother, Georgia Holt, has passed away


Georgia Holt, mother of singer Cher, has died at the age of 96, according to a tweet Cher posted just after midnight Eastern time on Sunday.

“Mom’s gone,” the superstar wrote, and reactions were immediate from Cher’s many fans and famous friends, including the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Cher did not provide any further information about the time or cause of death; Her spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg confirmed the news to the Washington Post. Her death comes three months after Cher tweeted that her mother was hospitalized with pneumonia and was “completely ill.”

Chad Michaels, winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and Cher impersonator, tweeted “Words are not enough” Cher often uses multiple emojis in her tweets to express how she feels, and many celebrities did the same by expressing their sympathy, including CNN’s Don Lemon, actor Seth Green and Bravo host Andy Cohen. “[T]Losing your mother is just devastating,” tweeted Community actress Yvette Nicole Brown. “May your hero #RIP.”

Cher, who is 76, has long spoken of her admiration and respect for her mother and the closeness they shared. Cher fans can expect regular updates from the singer on her mother’s health, activities, and shared humor and wisdom. Cher has memories of her mother and her mother’s friends being “so beautiful” during her childhood. “If you went into the room, everything stopped. She was also an amazing dresser. We based the costumes in ‘Mermaids’ on pictures of her from the ’50s,” Cher said of her mother in a 2013 interview with People.

The mother-daughter couple gave fans an intimate look at their relationship in the 2013 Lifetime documentary Dear Mom, Love Cher. The film featured interviews with Holt, her daughters Cher and Georganne LaPiere, and Cher’s sons Chaz Bono and Elijah Blue Allman – giving audiences a broader look at Holt’s life story, which goes beyond being Cher’s mother. Cher initiated the project after Holt found cassette tapes of her own never-released album from sessions recorded in 1980. For her mother’s 86th birthday, Cher had the tapes remastered and then filmed her mother singing and talking about her life and early career aspirations.

Born Jackie Jean Crouch in rural Arkansas, Holt discovered her love for music while singing in Oklahoma saloons. Determined to capitalize on her talents, she moved to Hollywood. Holt was briefly married to Cher’s father, John Sarkisian; As a single mother, she struggled financially and briefly placed Cher in a Catholic orphanage. She visited her crying daughter every day and faced increasing pressure to put her daughter up for adoption. Holt has been married and divorced several times.

“She never gave me or my sister any advice because, honestly, she knew we would never take it,” Cher told People. “Instead, we learned about life by listening to her talk about the things she did wrong and the things she did right.”

Holt bounced back and managed to land roles in Hollywood. She has appeared on Watch the Birdie, I Love Lucy, The Mike Douglas Show, and The Merv Griffin Show.

“Dear Mom, Love Cher” coincided with the release of “Honky Tonk Woman,” which featured 10 restored and remixed tracks that Holt originally recorded, including a duet with Cher called “I’m Just Your Yesterday,” which Holt recorded originally wrote.

“It’s a good Mother’s Day special, but it’s not Hallmark,” Cher said at the time. β€œShe has realized her dream after 80 years. … Women should never think they have an expiration date.”


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