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TV Time: Cher Set To Host TCM Films About Women

Cher, the Oscar®, Emmy®, Grammy®, Cannes Film Festival and three-time Golden Globe® award winner is set to be the first host of Friday Night Spotlight, a brand new film showcase launching April 5 on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). TCM host Robert Osborne will join Cher to kick off the franchise with A Woman’s World: The Defining Era of Women in Film, a collection of 17 films handpicked by Cher to illustrate the evolving roles of women from the late 1930s to the early ’50s. Each month thereafter, Friday Night Spotlight will feature a celebrity or expert host who will take viewers through a collection of films focusing on a specific topic.

A Woman’s World: The Defining Era of Women in Film will start Friday, April 5, at 8 p.m. (ET) with Cher and Osborne hosting a night of movies focusing on motherhood, beginning with Joan Crawford’s Oscar®-winning performance in Mildred Pierce (1945). Subsequent Fridays in April will feature films about the war effort and life on the homefront (April 12), working women (April 19) and women taking charge (April 26).

“Working with Robert isn’t like working at all! We can’t stop taking about the classics and obscure golden oldies. We talk though the breaks while they move the cameras, check the lighting and do the touch-ups. I can’t stop when it comes to the subject of old films, and then I get Robert going, and then the crew and director finally say, ‘Ahh, Cher? We have a show to do.’ Robert and I laugh and become gown-ups again. We don’t work. We play every Friday night in April! Come have fun with us,” commented Cher. Cher last appeared on the network with Robert Osborne as a Guest Programmer in September 2011.

“It’s a great pleasure to be joining Cher in launching TCM’s new Friday Night Spotlight series,” said Osborne. “Besides being an Academy Award winning actress and an electrifying stage performer, Cher loves movies, knows movies and has fascinating things to say about them. We’re also proud to claim her as one of Turner Classic Movies’ most passionate and knowledgeable fans.”

A complete schedule for A Woman’s World: The Defining Era of Women. hosted by Cher and Robert Osborne, is included below.

“After Cher and Robert get things started in April, TCM’s Friday Night Spotlight will continue with a new host each month as it explores themes that range from specific film genres to forgotten gems worthy of a second look,” said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. “We have designed this showcase to give longtime fans of classic movies the chance to see their favorites in a new light, while also giving newer fans the opportunity to expand their cinematic horizons.” TCM will announce additional hosts and themes for the Friday Night Spotlight soon.

Friday, April 5 – Motherhood
8 p.m. – Mildred Pierce (1945)
10 p.m. – Stella Dallas (1937)
Midnight – Penny Serenade (1941)
2:15 a.m. – Bachelor Mother (1939)

Friday, April 12 – War Effort and the Homefront
8 p.m. – So Proudly We Hail (1943)
10:15 p.m. – Since You Went Away (1944)
1:15 a.m. – The White Cliffs of Dover (1944)
3:30 a.m. – Three Came Home (1950)
5:30 a.m. – The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Friday, April 19 – Working Women
8 p.m. – His Girl Friday (1940)
10 p.m. – Woman of the Year (1942)
Midnight – Tender Comrade (1943)
2 a.m. – The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

Friday, April 26 – Women Taking Charge
8 p.m. – The Great Lie (1941)
10 p.m. – Kitty Foyle (1940)
12 a.m. – The Palm Beach Story (1942)
1:45 a.m. – The Women (1939)

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Cher comes to TCM as Guest Programmer on Wednesday, Sept. 7

Oscar®-winning actress and entertainer Cher, who counts herself among Turner Classic Movies’ most devoted fans, will present four of her favorite films as TCM’s Guest Programmer for September. “The love of my life from the time I can remember has been movies,” she tells TCM host Robert Osborne during the introductions to the movies. She also confesses that whenever she enters a hotel room, the first thing she does is “click the TV until I see TCM.”

The four films Cher chose for her night as Guest Programmer are movies she has always loved, but which aren’t seen very often:

8 p.m. (ET) – Follow the Fleet (1936) – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers teamed up for the sixth time in this delightful farce about two sailors on leave who romance a dance-hall girl and her prim sister. Randolph Scott plays Astaire’s sailor buddy while Harriet Hilliard (later known as Harriet Nelson) is Rogers’ sister. Among the many highlights are the  Irving Berlin classics “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” “Let Yourself Go,” “I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket” “Get Thee Behind Me Satan” and the hilarious opening number, “We Saw the Sea.” Future stars Betty Grable and Lucille Ball also show up in small roles.

10 p.m. (ET) – Hobson’s Choice (1954) – Charles Laughton, whom Cher calls a “consummate actor,” stars in this light-hearted film as a Victorian widower trying to keep his headstrong daughters in line. Directed by David Lead, the movie co-stars Brenda De Banzie, Daphne Anderson and Prunella Scales as the daughters and John Mills as Laughton’s unappreciated employee. Cher chose this winner of the 1954 British Academy Award because, “It’s a movie about hope.”

Midnight (ET) – The Big Street (1942) – This rare Damon Runyon love story stars Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda about a busboy and his relationship with a heartless singer. Cher considers this film a favorite because it gives Lucille Ball a chance to prove “she had the chops to be a dramatic actress.” The cast also includes Agnes Moorehead in her third screen role, following Citizen Kane (1941) and her Oscar-nominated performance in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942).

1:45 a.m. (ET) – Lady of Burlesque (1943) – Cher closes out the night with this Barbara Stanwyck mystery about the murder of two strippers in a New York burlesque theater. The story is based on the novel The G-String Murders, written by legendary strip-tease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. Cher says the combination of Stanwyck’s sparkling performance and “lots of strippers hanging out” makes this movie “a perfect storm of happiness.”

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