Cher Was Once Completely Snubbed by Barbra Streisand

As two of the biggest stars of their time, it seems natural that Cher and Barbra Streisand would have come into contact with one another. While they have since met, in the 1970s, Cher revealed that they hadn’t yet. She explained that though they had an opportunity to meet, Streisand completely snubbed her. 

Cher wears a sparkly lavender dress and matching eye shadow.
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Cher hosted a variety show in the 1970s

In 1971, Cher and then-husband Sonny Bono began hosting The Sonny & Cher Variety Hour. The pair had a successful music career and took their act to television. In the program, she and Bono sang songs and performed comedy skits. It was a sleeper hit in its three seasons and was scheduled to return for a fourth in 1974. Before that could happen, Cher and Bono separated, resulting in the show’s cancellation. 

Cher wears a sparkling black dress and Sonny Bono wears a white shirt and red vest and pants.
Cher and Sonny Bono | Gunter Zint/K & K Ulf Kruger OHG/Redferns

In 1976, the now-divorced couple reunited for two more seasons of their variety show under the new title The Sonny and Cher Show. In between those two series, Cher hosted a variety show of her own program, simply titled Cher. It was a surprise success and ran for two seasons in 1975 and 1976 before she decided to reunite with her ex-husband for their second variety series. While it ran, the series featured guest stars like Elton John, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, and Bette Midler.

She once told a story about why she’d never met Barbra Streisand

In her solo show, Cher would allow audience members to ask questions where she was surprisingly candid. She offered audience members information about her weight, dating life, and body measurements. At one point, someone in the audience asked the “Believe” singer if she’d ever worked with Streisand.

“Have I ever worked with Barbra Streisand? No,” she said during the segment (via Vulture). “I’ve never even met her.”

Barbra Streisand wears a white dress and holds a tea cup while onstage.
Barbra Streisand | Kevin Kane/Getty Images for BSB

She went on to explain that she did once have an opportunity to meet Streisand, but the Funny Girl star didn’t seem interested. In fact, Streisand offered a blunt snub.

“We were almost introduced one night, and someone said, ‘Do you wanna meet Cher?’ and she said, ‘No,’” she explained, laughing. “So that’s about as close as I’m gonna get to her I guess.”

The two artists have since met each other

Though Cher predicted that the two artists wouldn’t meet, they have since formed a relationship. In 2018, Cher explained that she was recently talking to Streisand about her career.

“I was talking to Barbra Streisand one day, and she asked, ‘Why do you still sing?’ And I said, ‘Because there’s going to come a day when I can’t,’” she told The New York Times. “No one will want to come and see me, and I won’t be able to sing the way I’m singing now.”

The pair also united in early 2021 for a concert special called We The People. They headlined the concert, which celebrated the Inauguration of President Joe Biden. 

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