PRINT October 1993

Glamour Wounds

Sandra Bernhard

WHAT DO YOU HAVE to do in a former life to come back as the sibling of a megastar? A recent talk show featured the siblings of Cher, Barbra, Dolly, and the inexorable Madonna. The host tried to frame them as objects of pity; permanently shaded by the greater light of their sisters, doomed to dwell, more obviously than the rest of us, with thwarted dreams, invidious comparisons, and resentment. They refused to swallow the bait, buoyantly professing their pride and admiration of the dominant sibling’s achievement. A nice Jewish chanteuse accomplished enough to get on The Ed Sullivan Show by herself, Barbra’s sister was poised and apparently at peace with the freakish hand dealt her by fate; Dolly’s sister Stella was a sassy blues singer; Cher’s looked cute in her old nose. As the least professionally validated among them, Madonna’s rapper-wanna-be brother was the only one still obviously

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