Sonny Bono
American politician
Sonny Bono
Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono was an American recording artist, record producer, actor, and politician whose career spanned over three decades.
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American Political Culture Explains Why Trump Is Still Strong
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Why has Donald Trump become such an enduring political phenomenon in this presidential election cycle? While, at first glance, the only things that would appear to explain it are name recognition, a degree of celebrity, a love of the Über-rich, and the ability to make increasingly outrageous statements that appeal to a minority of voters, dig a little deeper and you will find some troubling aspects of American political culture that have unfortunately become ingrained in our collective behavior. Mr. Trump is of course not the first celebrity or Republican to throw his hat in the political ring, nor will he be the last. Previously, the most famous U.S. celebrities to become politicians were Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Fred Thompson, and Sonny Bono (all Republicans). While none of them were known for particularly fiery rhetoric or demagoguery, they all used their celebrity to catapult themselves into political stardom. Mr. Trump is no exception. To his cred ...
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Clay Aiken Could Face Long Odds in a Possible Congressional Race
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Singer Clay Aiken has been exploring a bid for Congress, but history suggests he may face an uphill battle if he runs. Recent reports say the former "American Idol" star has been laying the groundwork to run for the House of Representatives this year. Aiken reportedly has already met with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee leaders and is currently hiring campaign staff to prepare a run against Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) in North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District. But while a run against Ellmers would garner national and increased media attention, the numbers alone are not encouraging for Aiken, a registered Democrat. Although no polls conducted in the district thus far have included him as a candidate, the area's voting history does not bode well for a Democratic challenger. The district, which encompasses part of the Raleigh suburbs as well as a swath of the central and eastern parts of the state, voted for John McCain over President Barack Obama in 2008 by a 13-point ...
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Cher's fiery joke about Sonny Bono
CNN - over 3 years
Cher is not really thinking that Sonny Bono is burning in hell. In fact, the singer-actress apparently misses her ex-husband.
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Tonight in Music: Dirtnap's 14th, Blouse, Tape Deck Mountain & More
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Bad Sports - Bras by Dirtnap Records DIRTNAP RECORDS' 14TH ANNIVERSARY: MARKED MEN, BAD SPORTS, MEAN JEANS, & MORE (Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) Tonight, 10 bands—most of which are very good, luckily—will perform back to back under one roof, of an assuredly humid Slabtown, in celebration of the 14th birthday of Portland's Dirtnap Records, which is one of this country's preeminent indie record labels, punk or otherwise. Aptly headlining the show are Denton, Texas' Marked Men, whose 2009 LP Ghosts effortlessly marries hardcore velocity and terseness with '60s pop-caliber melodicism (vocalist Jeff Burke sounds like a drunken, depraved Sonny Bono). Marked Men's 2006 album Fix My Brain, too, is just about perfect. Also playing are hometown heroes the Mean Jeans, who amazingly aren't annoying yet. It's gonna be one hell of a racket. MORGAN TROPER Also see My, What a Busy Week! BLOUSE, FEATHERS, LITANIC MASK (Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Imperium, the new album by nostalgia-centric Portl ...
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Cher: Divorce From Sonny Bono Took A Long Time To Overcome
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's no secret that Cher isn't a fan of her late ex-husband Sonny Bono. The mega star has told interviewers in the past that he was "a terrible husband" who "hurt [her] in so many ways." But now, she's opening up about how the actual divorce affected her. Cher spoke to USA Today about her new album, her prolific career, and the struggles she has faced throughout the years, which stemmed from her 1975 divorce. She told the newspaper that the strain the split put on her finances and career was something she was afraid she would never overcome. "I thought I'd never climb out of that hole," she said. "I had no money, and I had to pay him $2 million. It took a long time. I worked my way into a spot in Las Vegas playing two shows a night. My managers were making more money than I was. I pride myself on still being here. A lot of people were gigantic, and then they were gone." Sonny Bono died in 1998 in a skiing accident. But before his death, Bono went on the record to refute Cher's clai ...
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Chaz Bono Reveals Weight Loss Success on The Doctors: "Everything Is Easier"
US Magazine - over 3 years
Chaz Bono has met his weight loss goal! One year after weighing in at 250 pounds and being advised on The Doctors to lose "between 50 and 80 pounds," Bono returned to the show on Wednesday, Sept. 11, to show off his amazing slim-down. The 44-year-old son of Cher and Sonny Bono took the stage looking trim and toned -- but, most importantly, feeling good. PHOTOS: Celebrity weight fluctuations "I just feel much more comfortable in my skin now," Bono shared (via Entertainment Tonight). "Everything is easier. Everything physically is easier. Everything feels better. And then emotionally, I just feel more comfortable and more confident." The Doctors helped Bono follow a healthy regimen beginning last November. When he first appeared on the show, Bono was warned about his dangerously high cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. PHOTOS: Stars who love kale The LGBT activist, who underwent a sex change operation in 2009, told The Doctors at the time that he felt "out ...
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Chaz Bono Reveals Shocking Weight Loss, Looks Dramatically Slimmer
US Magazine - over 3 years
Way to go, Chaz Bono! The 44-year-old son of Cher and Sonny Bono revealed his dramatic weight loss while running errands in L.A. on Wednesday, Sept. 4.  PHOTOS: Celebrity weight fluctuations Bono looked nearly unrecognizable with his shockingly slimmer physique. The actor showed off his toned body in a tight blue T-shirt and khaki shorts. PHOTOS: Stars who love kale Appearing on the 13th season of Dancing With the Stars in 2011 as the show's first transgender contestant, Bono noticeably lost weight and has since been maintaing a healthy lifestyle. "Got a juicer to add more vegetables to my diet," he tweeted in May 2013. "My first juice was combo of apple, lemon, beet, carrot, celery, cucumber, and ginger. Awesome!" PHOTOS: Celeb diet secrets Bono has also been focusing on his acting career. In June, he appeared on stage in the community production of Thirty Minute Musicals: Independence Day in Hollywood. "I'll do this stuff for fun, but my goal is ultimately to get pa ...
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Cher, 66, Back with New Solo Album
ABC News - almost 4 years
Cher is officially back in action. The irrepressible one-of-a-kind songstress, who started serving up hit singles in the 1960s alongside Sonny Bono, then on her own, has ended her more than a decade-long break from solo recording. At 66-years-old, Cher knocked out nine new tracks...     
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Mike Ragogna: My Fifth HuffPost Anniversary, Drifting Away with Dobie Gray, and Dump the Filibuster or Dump Harry Reid
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
YEARS AGO WITH DOBIE GRAY... Thanks to David Wild's introducing me to my first editor at The Huffington Post, I have been a weekly contributor to this online titan's entertainment page for over five years. My first post, on April 5th, 2008, was a video premiere and personal account of the making of my video "Home," a song from my album Summerland. It was a kind of plea to the Bush administration to end the wars and seriously attend to post-Katrina New Orleans, and it also was a duet with my friend, the late Dobie Gray, whose monster hits "Drift Away" and "The 'In' Crowd" left giant footprints on pop music history. Since then, I have posted music business reflections, anecdotes, reviews, video and audio premieres, rants, wiseassery, obituaries, and most of the time, interviews. Throughout the many hundreds of interviews that became posts, I was blessed with quality one-to-one time with almost all of my musical heroes, been educated by many of them about music, their in ...
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Nicholas Snow: Hollywood Awards Season Kicks Off with the 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala (AUDIO)
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Nicholas Snow on the red carpet at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. If you're anxious to know what Hollywood's biggest stars and directors are going to say in their acceptance speeches this awards season, look no further than my official SnowbizNow online radio coverage of the 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) Awards Gala which is garnering worldwide attention following the January 5 event. Hosted by Mary Hart, the gala-honored Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Bradley Cooper, Helen Hunt, Helen Mirren, Mychael Danna, Naomi Watts, Richard Gere, Robert Zemeckis, Sally Field and Tom Hooper. Among my favorite moments on the red carpet: reminiscing with Ang Lee about a previous conversation we had at the Hollywood Premiere of Brokeback Mountain all those years ago; and speaking with Senator Barbara Boxer about marriage equality, averting the fiscal cliff and the upcoming debt ceiling negotiations. Among the most appreciated ...
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Globes And Oscars Contenders Talk Awards Season
Huffington Post - about 4 years
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — The Award Season Express made its first stop of the new year in the middle of the desert a couple hours east of Hollywood at the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival gala. A blast of Golden Globe nominees and Oscar hopefuls walked the press gauntlet Saturday night, including Naomi Watts ("The Impossible"), Helen Hunt and John Hawkes ("The Sessions"), Ben Affleck ("Argo") and "Arbitrage" star Richard Gere, who received the night's so-called Chairman's Award. "Great," Gere noted with more than a touch of sarcasm. "That's better than the Governors Award?" he inquired with a chuckle. "What's the pecking order of these awards? I want to know. Am I getting the best award? I'm not going in unless I'm getting the best award!" Though the 63-year-old Gere has never received an Oscar nomination, there were previous Academy Award winners aplenty at the Palm Springs gala. Among them, Sally Field, the night's honoree for career achievement, ...
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Palm Springs film fest lineup includes black and white silent films
LATimes - about 4 years
Among its many foreign films are Pablo Berger's 'Blancanieves,' which opens the festival, and 'Sadourni's Butterflies,' both of which are new black and white silent movies. There will be 61 premieres in all at the event, which starts Thursday. The late Sonny Bono founded the Palm Springs International Film Festival while mayor of the desert community, and more than two decades later, the beat goes on for the cinematic celebration. This year's event opens Thursday evening with Pablo Berger's "Blancanieves," a unique black-and-white silent version of "Snow White" from Spain.
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Richard (RJ) Eskow: Less Than Zero: Rep. Mary Bono Mack Hurts Middle Class, Uses 'Toilet' Slur Against Her Own District
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Wealthy Republican incumbent Mary Bono Mack is locked in a tight and bitter Congressional race against a progressive Democrat with an inspiring story. While her campaign focuses on red-baiting her opponent (yes, they still do that in 2012) a new nonpartisan analysis shows that Mack scores "zero" on voting for the interests of the middle class. Actually, make that less than zero. Mack has actively worked to undermine middle-class interests, including those of her own constituents, many of whom are struggling underwater homeowners. She's also displayed withering contempt for some residents of her own district, whose neighborhoods she laughingly agreed was a "third world toilet." There's something particularly distasteful about seeing someone who earned her Congressional seat the "old-fashioned way" -- that is, through nepotism, cronyism and big-money politics -- describe the homes of her own constituents that way. What's truly "third world" about Mary Bono Mack's di ...
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Albright, Suu Kyi sons among 2,000 removed from Myanmar blacklist
Yahoo News - over 4 years
YANGON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Aung San Suu Kyi's sons and two dead U.S. congressmen were among 2,082 names removed on Thursday from a Myanmar government blacklist that gives an insight into the paranoia of its former military junta. Late Philippine President Corazon Aquino, U.S. singer-turned-politician Sonny Bono and Kim and Alexander Aris, the sons of Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, were some of the prominent names taken off a list stacked with journalists, academics, human rights campaigners and exiled Burmese activists. ...
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Meet Connie Mack IV, the Republican Scion Who Could Take Down Florida’s Last Democratic Holdout
The New Republic - over 4 years
For years, Florida Republicans have believed that the senate seat occupied by Democrat Bill Nelson should—and could—be theirs. And it’s often seemed easy enough: First elected to the Florida House in 1972, the moderate legislator has managed to spend 30 years cultivating an image that is nothing above mediocre. A recent poll found that just over a third of voters approve of him and 12 percent of voters still don’t recognize his name. As Democratic pollster Tom Eldon put it, no one hates him, but no one really loves him either: “There isn’t a large passion factor.” Nevertheless, Nelson has proved appealing enough to independents and has survived two senate races. This year, though, the veteran lawmaker may be facing the race of his life, against Florida political princeling Connie Mack IV. (Technically, Mack will still have to win Tuesday’s Republican primary, but everyone in the state assumes it’s a done deal.) Mack shares his name with his father, a well-respected former U.S. sena ...
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Colorful ‘60s Fun in Music Makers’ ‘Hairspray’ Production
Burr Ridge Patch - over 4 years
In Music Makers of Western Springs’ third consecutive year of presenting a summer musical, the cast, sets and music are bigger than ever—appropriate for Hairspray, a show that revels in bright, bouncy excess. “Every year you do the program, you just add a little element, and this year it was a bigger band, bigger set,” said director Micki Doherty. “I think it’s a show that you can’t stop smiling at the whole time.” Following up on 2010’s Bye, Bye Birdie and 2011’s The Wiz, the Hairspray production features a cast of 46 and a nine-piece band. It also piggybacks off of a popular run at Drury Lane (they even borrowed a key end-of-play prop from the folks at Drury.) For the uninitiated, the show is based off of the 1988 John Waters film with Ricki Lake, Sonny Bono and Divine. (The younger generation might better know the 2007 adaptation of the musical starring John Travolta and Zac Efron.) Set against 1962 Baltimore, it’s the story of curvy white teen Tracy Turnblad’s attempt ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sonny Bono
    TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Bono died on January 5, 1998, of injuries sustained when he hit a tree while skiing on the Nevada side of Heavenly Ski Resort near South Lake Tahoe, California.
    More Details Hide Details His death came just a little less than a week after Michael Kennedy, a son of Robert F. Kennedy, died in a similar skiing accident in Aspen, Colorado. After Bono's death, Mary Bono told an interviewer from TV Guide that Sonny had been addicted to prescription drugs, mainly Vicodin and Valium. Though Mary claimed that Sonny's drug use caused the accident, the autopsy performed by the Douglas County Coroner showed no indication of any substances or alcohol. Sonny's mother and several friends disputed Mary's account. Bono was survived by his wife, Mary Bono, and children, Christy, Chianna, Chesare and Chastity. His mother, Jean Bono, died on January 15, 2005 at age 90. At Mary Bono's request, Cher gave a eulogy at Sonny's funeral. His remains were buried at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California. The epitaph on Bono's headstone reads: "AND THE BEAT GOES ON", written in uppercase.
  • 1995
    In their book Tell Newt to Shut Up, David Maraniss and Michael Weisskopf credit Bono with being the first person to recognize Gingrich's public relations problems in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Drawing on his long experience as a celebrity and entertainment producer, Bono (according to Maraniss and Weisskopf) recognized that Gingrich's status had changed from politician to celebrity, and that Gingrich was not making allowances for that change: Bono remains the only member of Congress to have scored a number-one pop single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
  • 1994
    Bono was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1994 to represent California's 44th congressional district.
    More Details Hide Details He was one of twelve co-sponsors of a House bill extending copyright. Although that bill was never voted on in the Senate, a similar Senate bill was passed after his death and named the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act in his memory. It is also known (derisively) as the Mickey Mouse Protection Act. He championed the restoration of the Salton Sea, bringing the giant lake's plight to national attention. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich made a public appearance and speech at the shore of the lake on Bono's behalf.
  • 1992
    Bono ran for the Republican nomination for United States Senate in 1992, but the nomination went to the more conservative Bruce Herschensohn, and the election to the Democrat Barbara Boxer.
    More Details Hide Details Bono and Herschensohn became close friends after the campaign.
  • 1991
    He also appeared as the Mayor of Palm Springs (which he actually was at the time) in several episodes of P.S. I Luv U during the 1991–92 TV season, and on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (in Season 1, Episode 9, which aired November 21, 1993), in which he played Mayor Frank Berkowitz.
    More Details Hide Details He also made a minor appearance as himself in the 1996 film First Kid. Bono guest-starred as himself on The Golden Girls episode "Mrs. George Devereaux" (originally broadcast November 17, 1990), in which he vied with Lyle Waggoner for Dorothy's (Bea Arthur) affection in a dream sequence. In Blanche's (Rue McClanahan) dream, her husband is still alive, and Bono uses his power as Mayor of Palm Springs to have Waggoner falsely arrested so he could have Dorothy to himself. After Blanche awakens, Dorothy is thrilled to learn that she picked Bono this time. Bono entered politics after experiencing great frustration with local government bureaucracy in trying to open a restaurant in Palm Springs, California. Bono placed a successful bid to become the new mayor of Palm Springs. He served four years (1988 to 1992). He was instrumental in spearheading the creation of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which is held each year in Bono's memory.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    He also portrayed racist entrepreneur Franklin Von Tussle in the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray.
    More Details Hide Details In Men in Black (1997), Bono is one of several oddball celebrities seen on a wall of video screens that monitor extraterrestrials living among us.
    He was mayor of Palm Springs, California, from 1988 to 1992, and congressman for California's 44th district from 1995 until his death in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details The United States Federal Copyright Term Extension Act, which extended the term of copyright by 20 years, is now commonly known as the Sonny Bono Act. Bono was born in Detroit, to Santo Bono (born in Montelepre, Palermo, Italy) and Zena "Jean" (née La Valle). His mother gave him the nickname "Sonny", which lasted his lifetime. Sonny was the youngest of three siblings; he had two older sisters, Fran and Betty. The family moved to Inglewood, California when he was seven. He attended Inglewood High School, but did not graduate. Bono began his music career as a songwriter at Specialty Records, where his song "Things You Do to Me" was recorded by Sam Cooke, and went on to work for record producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s as a promotion man, percussionist and "gofer". One of his earliest songwriting efforts, "Needles and Pins" was co-written with Jack Nitzsche, another member of Spector's production team. Later in the same decade, he achieved commercial success with his then-wife Cher in the singing duo Sonny and Cher. Bono wrote, arranged, and produced a number of hit records including the singles "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On", although Cher received more attention as a performer. He played a major part in Cher's solo recording career, writing and producing singles including "Bang Bang" and "You Better Sit Down Kids".
  • 1986
    He wed Mary Whitaker in 1986 and they had two children, son Chesare Elan on April 25, 1988 and daughter Chianna Maria on February 2, 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Bono was named a godparent of Anthony Kiedis, who would go on to become a musical artist with his band, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Sonny was a close friend of Anthony's father, Blackie Dammett, and would often take the boy on weekend trips. Bono was a champion of the Salton Sea in southeastern California, where a park was named in his honor. The 2005 documentary film Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea (narrated by John Waters) features Bono and documented the lives of the inhabitants of Bombay Beach, Niland, and Salton City, as well as the ecological issues associated with the Sea. In 1996, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him. He became interested in Scientology and took Scientology courses partly because of the influence of Mimi Rogers, but stated that he was a Roman Catholic on all official documents, campaign materials and web sites. His wife Mary also took Scientology courses. However, after his death Mary Bono stated that "Sonny did try to break away at one point, and they Scientology made it very difficult for him". The Church denied any estrangement with Bono.
    He played the part of mad bomber Joe Selucci in Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) and in the 1986 horror film Troll.
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  • 1984
    Bono then married Susie Coelho, but divorced her in 1984.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Bono's acting career included bit parts as a guest actor in such television shows as Fantasy Island, The Love Boat and the 1980 miniseries Top of the Hill.
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  • OTHER
  • 1967
    His solo album, Inner Views, was released in 1967. Sonny continued to work with Cher through the early and mid-1970s, starring in a popular television variety show, The Sonny and Cher Show, which ran on CBS from 1971 to 1974. From 1976 to 1977, the duo, since divorced, returned to perform together on The Sonny and Cher Show.
    More Details Hide Details Their last appearance together was on Late Night with David Letterman on November 13, 1987, on which they sang "I Got You Babe".
  • 1965
    His lone hit single as a solo artist, "Laugh at Me." released in 1965, peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details In live concerts, Bono would introduce the song by saying "I'd like to sing a medley of my hit." His only other single as a solo artist, "The Revolution Kind," reached No. 70 on the Billboard Hot 100 later that year.
    Bono co-wrote "She Said Yeah", covered by The Rolling Stones on their 1965 LP December's Children.
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  • 1964
    In 1964, Bono married singer and actress Cher. They had one child, Chastity (later Chaz Bono), born March 4, 1969. In 1975 the duo divorced.
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  • 1954
    Bono married his first wife, Donna Rankin, on November 3, 1954. Their daughter Christine ("Christy") was born on June 24, 1958. They divorced in 1962.
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  • 1935
    Born on February 16, 1935.
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