In what sounds like a real-life, all-star version of The Graduate, Cher is now admitting to having acted upon a long-ago crush on the much younger Tom Cruise.
Their happy time together took place just as Cruise, now 45, was kicking off his career 25 years ago, the 61-year-old diva tells Oprah Winfrey for an upcoming show taped in Las Vegas.
“I was so crazy about him,” says Cher, who was 39 when she reportedly met the 23-year-old Cruise at a White House fund-raiser in the mid-’80s, not long after his breakthrough role in 1983’s Risky Business.
Instantly smitten with the young actor, Cher recalls, “He was so wonderful … And he was so, like, different.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that at the time they got together, Cher was already an established star, while Cruise was a struggling actor.
Cruise Was ‘Shy’
Looking back, Cher remembers, “He was a shy boy. He didn’t have any money. One night we walked into this restaurant in New York and this girl came up, this waitress came up and she took our order and stuff like that and he said, ‘I knew that girl in school and she wouldn’t give me the time of day.’ ”
Winfrey’s audience particularly appreciated Cher’s remembrance of the “long date” she spent with Cruise – “I lived in his apartment,” she tells Winfrey – which elicited cheers from the crowd, reports Britain’s Daily Mail.
According to the Oprah.com Web site, the interview with Cher was taped last Saturday at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where Cher will begin headlining on May 6. Her Oprah interview is set to air May 8.