Cher had to “Turn Back Time” when she was dead broke to remake herself

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Cher was a legendary musical act in the 1960s and 1970s, much of that time as half of the iconic, Sonny and Cher.

But like many who make stunning fortunes in their youth, she lost it all and ended up dead broke.

But Cher courageously took action, made it back to the top, “Turned Back Time,” and remade herself.

Cher reveals she was flat broke

Despite churning out mega hits like “Gypsies,Tramps and Thieves,” and “Half-Breeds” in the 1970s, Cher found herself broke by the 1980s.

In a recent interview on Jennifer Hudson’s show, Cher revealed her fortune had completely vanished and she was desperate for a way to try and make enough money just to support her children.

“I lost all the money I had worked for at some point,” Cher admitted.

“So I had to start at ground zero, and I didn’t know what I was gonna actually do to make a living for my kids,” Cher continued.

Cher ended up having to start all over, by scraping the bottom of the music industry barrel and taking up residency at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas, where she performed a nightly show.

At this point in time, being a Vegas lounge act was looked at by most in the music industry as a career ender.

“I decided to go to Caesar’s Palace, which was — you know, people didn’t go there,” Cher continued.

At that time, many people associated performing nightly in Vegas with Elvis Presley becoming a parody of himself late in his career.

“I was like, ‘What’s Elvis [Presley] doing here?’ But people didn’t go to Las Vegas. It really was the elephant’s graveyard,” Cher continued.

Cher admitted the music industry media thought she would suffer the same fate as “The King.”

“There was one writer who kept saying every year, ‘This is her last year. This is finally her last year. She is so over,’” Cher continued.

“And I said, ‘You know what buddy, I’ll be here when you’re gone.’ And I think I am,” Cher stated.

Cher helped turn Vegas into a destination

Throughout her career, Cher was a trendsetter in more ways than one.

And Cher revitalized her career in Vegas, and now, major musical acts fall all over themselves to take up residency at one of Sin City’s casinos.

Shania Twain, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, and Elton John are among those who followed Cher’s lead.

Reportedly, Elton John rakes in some $500,000 per show.

Through it all, Cher remains grateful

Cher experienced a late career resurgence with her iconic song, and the accompanying video, “If I Could Turn Back Time” in 1989.

The video was most famous for a scantily clad, and buff, Cher singing on an aircraft carrier.

She then hit it big again with her 1998 hit “Believe,” which was named by Rolling Stone as one of their 500 greatest songs.

Cher also expressed her gratitude to Hudson saying some of her success was owed to simple luck.

“But I tried to be cool with everybody because why not?” Cher told Hudson.

“I’m lucky. I’m really lucky because I think to be in our business, it’s not enough to be talented, you’ve gotta have some luck,” Cher admitted.

“Because I know people who can sing rings around me, you know? But they weren’t as lucky. Like I’m a vessel. It goes through me,” Cher concluded.

It turns out Cher was “Strong Enough” “Afterall.”

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.