Chad Michaels, a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner and Cher impersonator, tweeted “Words are insufficient.” Cher frequently uses multiple emoji in her tweets to convey how she’s feeling, and many celebrities have done the same when expressing their sympathy, including CNN’s Don Lemon, actor Seth Green and Bravo host Andy Cohen. “[T]The loss of your mother is simply devastating,” tweeted “Community” actress Yvette Nicole Brown. “Let 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 expect regular updates from the singer on her mother’s health, activities and shared humor and wisdom. dear has memories of her mother and her mother’s friends who were “so beautiful” during her childhood. “When they walked into the room, everything stopped. She was also an amazing dresser. We based the costumes for ‘Mermaids’ on photos of her from the 50s”, Cher said of her mother in a 2013 interview with People.
I have known beauty #GeorgiaHolt since I know his beautiful and talented daughter @dear. I’m glad she had it on her journey through life for as long as she did. Yet the loss of your mother is nothing short of devastating. sending love #Expensive. that your hero #TO TEAR APART. 💔🕊️ https://t.co/QOUS2UVns3
– yvette nicole brown (@YNB) December 11, 2022
The mother-daughter pair gave fans an intimate look at their relationship in the 2013 Lifetime documentary “Dear Mom, Love Cher.” The film featured interviews with Holt, his daughters Cher and Georganne LaPiere, and Cher’s sons Chaz Bono and Elijah Blue Allman – giving audiences a broader view of Holt’s life story beyond being Cher’s mother. Cher started the project after Holt found tapes of her own never-released album, from sessions recorded in 1980. For her mother’s 86th birthday, Cher had the tapes remastered, then filmed her mother performing. sing and talk about his life and his early career ambitions.
Holt was born Jackie Jean Crouch in rural Arkansas and first discovered her love of music 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 and my sister advice because, truth be told, she knew we would never take it,” Cher says People. “Instead, we learned about life by listening to her talk about the things she did wrong and the things she did right.”
Holt got back on her feet and managed to land roles in Hollywood. She made guest appearances 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 had originally recorded, including a duet with Cher titled “I’m Just Your Yesterday “, which Holt originally wrote.
“It’s a Happy Mother’s Day, but it’s not Hallmark,” Cher said at the time. “She realized her dream after 80 years. … Women should never think they have an expiration date.