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Cher Remembers “Moonstruck ”Director Norman Jewison After His Death at 97: 'Lives On Through His Work'

The actress and singer won an Oscar for her performance in the 1987 film

<p>George Pimentel/WireImage</p> Cher with Norman Jewison on April 17, 2009

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Cher with Norman Jewison on April 17, 2009

Cher is mourning the loss of an important figure from her life and career.

The multi-hyphenate star, who won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1987 film Moonstruck, paid tribute on X (formerly known as Twitter) to the movie's director, Norman Jewison, after his death at age 97.

"Farewell Sweet Prince👑. Thank U For One Of The Greatest, Happiest, Most Fun Experiences Of My Life," wrote the Oscar winner. "Without U, I Would Not Have My Beautiful Golden Man."

"Norman U Made Moonstruck The GREAT FILM Ppl🩵," continued the Grammy winner. "Script, Actors, Etc, NEEDED U DEAR❤️. NORMAN JEWISON. LIVES ON THROUGH HIS WORK."

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<p>Frazer Harrison/Getty</p> Cher with Norman Jewison on Jan. 30, 2010.

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Cher with Norman Jewison on Jan. 30, 2010.

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Jewison, the prolific director behind other classic films like In the Heat of the Night, died Saturday, Jan. 20, at his Los Angeles home, his publicist Jeff Sanderson confirmed to PEOPLE Monday.

He is survived by his wife Lynne St. David, his kids Kevin, Michael and Jenny, plus grandchildren Ella, Megan, Alexandra, Sam and Henry. There will be celebrations of life held in Los Angeles and Toronto at a later date.

NY Daily News Archive via Getty Cher and Nicolas Cage in "Moonstruck"
NY Daily News Archive via Getty Cher and Nicolas Cage in "Moonstruck"

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Cher has previously spoken out after the deaths of some of her Moonstruck costars, including Danny Aiello in December 2019.

The two played newly engaged couple Loretta Castorini and Johnny Cammareri. When Johnny leaves for Italy to visit his dying mother, he asks Loretta to visit his estranged brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage) to tell them of their engagement. When she does, Loretta finds herself falling for Ronny.

“Goodbye Dear #DannyAiello Danny was a Great Actor, But a Genius Comedic Actor.We Laughed so much. Making #Moonstruck,” Cher wrote on X (formerly Twitter) at the time. “It was one of the happiest times in my life,& He Was apart of that Happy time. Goodbye #JohnnyCammareri Loretta.”

<p>George Pimentel/WireImage</p> Norman Jewison on Feb. 27, 2014.

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Norman Jewison on Feb. 27, 2014.

She also paid tribute to her beloved onscreen mother Olympia Dukakis after her death in 2021. "Olympia Dukakis Was an Amazing Academy Award Winning Actress," Cher began her tweet. "Olympia Played My Mom In Moonstruck,& Even Though Her Part was That Of a Suffering Wife, We 😂 ALL The Time."

"She Would Tell Me How MUCH She Loved Louis, Her Handsome Talented, Husband. I Talked To Her 3Wks Ago. Rip Dear One," Cher concluded.

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