Cher: 25 Things You Don't Know About Me

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Cher: 25 Things You Don't Know About Me

Cher's first new album in 12 years, Closer to the Truth, is out now! Here, the pop icon gets personal with Us -- and shares 25 tidbits that might surprise even her biggest fans.

1. Stephen Hawking invited me to lunch one day, and we got into a heated discussion with his students about history vs. math. Stephen said, "Cher, when time travel is perfected, history will be obsolete."

2. Meryl Streep and I saved a girl from a large mugger in New York City.

3. The day I moved out of my home in Holmby Hills, I found a room I never knew existed.

4. There was a time I couldn't afford to pay my gardener for six months.

5. Jack Nicholson helped me through a panic attack just before the famous lunch scene in The Witches of Eastwick. I also have a painting Jack did for me. It's one of my most treasured birthday gifts.

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6. I have a collection of elephants.

7. I once crashed in a small plane during a snowstorm.

8. I think David Letterman is in love with me.

9. Someday, I want to build a Balinese-style home.

10. I had two imaginary friends when I was little. They were both lumberjacks.

11. I love to play Wii tennis. I'm also a big football fan. Deacon Jones of the then-L.A. Rams taught me all I know about the game.

12. I am passionate about palm trees. They make me deliriously happy.

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13. My mother still tells me what to do and I still don't listen.

14. One time, I threw a dart at a map to decide where I would vacation.

15. I am famous among my friends for my chicken Bolognese. I even use my own Diva Pasta labels when I give out jars for Christmas.

16. I have watched the 1958 film Auntie Mame, with Rosalind Russell, at least 100 times. I would love to play that part in a remake.

17. My cat is named Mr. Big. I first found him underneath one of my tour trucks in Detroit.

18. I love to bead! I make 5-inch-long beaded earrings for all of my friends.

19. My first car was an old red MG convertible.

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20. Andy Warhol once showed up uninvited at one of my house parties. Best crasher I ever had.

21. I wear Malibu Cowboy boots (like Uggs, only cooler) whether it's summer, winter, spring or fall.

22. I have driven a taxi through New York City at 4 A.M.

23. I love to read and have taught several young people to read. One of my favorite books is God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism by Jonathan Kirsch.

24. I once cried when I lost $100.

25. The night I won my Oscar, you could have spotted me running down the street toward the Shrine Auditorium with my dress sky-high. I was late again, of course!

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Cher: 25 Things You Don't Know About Me

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