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From the Archives: Sonny and Cher, together again

Dec. 16, 1976: Sonny and Cher clasp hands playfully in their first joint concert appearance in three years.
(Lou Mack / Los Angeles Times)

Their performance was part of the annual KHJ Christmas benefit at the Forum in Inglewood.

“The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour” had premiered in 1971 and became a big hit. The show ended in 1974 when the couple separated, which was followed by a bitter divorce.

But “within a few years,” according to The Times’ Hollywood Star Walk database, “they were back on speaking terms and tried to regain their television mojo with a relaunched variety program called ‘The Sonny & Cher Show.

‘“But the viewing public wasn’t interested in watching the former couple make up on national television, and the series was canceled after two seasons.”

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Sonny and Cher remained good friends until Sonny died in a 1998 skiing accident.

This post was originally published on Aug. 24, 2010.

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