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Television Review

Cher’s love letter to her mother

There are things to be cynical about regarding “Dear Mom, Love Cher.” The lite Lifetime documentary is about Georgia Holt, 86, Cher’s mother, but a lot of the attention is on Cher. And while the title hints at that, it doesn’t note that this filmed love letter is also from Cher’s sister, Georganne LaPiere. So Georganne is in the shadow of her world-famous sister once again, is what I kept thinking. Plus, like far too many unscripted TV projects, “Dear Mom, Love Cher” doubles as an infomercial. The climax of the special, Monday night at 10, is a plug for Holt’s new album, which includes a duet with Cher.

But, oh whatever. “Dear Mom, Love Cher” is an awfully sweet gesture, which arrives on the eve of Mother’s Day. Cher is a good daughter, and it’s pointless to resist her good will in sharing the spotlight and giving big public props to her mother. OK, so the rest of her family lives in the shadow of the glitzy, bellowing, tart-mouthed, surgically reconstituted, drag-queen-inspiring, bad-boy-loving, fashion-forward-forward, farewell-tour-addicted, mononymous, unsinkable, sympathetic, and always fabulous diva. We all live in the shadow of Cher, right?

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