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Cher was once broke.

But she was able to come back out of it, as she explained in a recent interview.

Cher was candid candid about how she turned her fortunes around.

Thanks to Las Vegas.

‘I’ll Be Here When You’re Gone’

The 77-year-old star told The Jennifer Hudson Show on Wednesday that she did something many artists didn’t want to do in the 1980s — begin a residency in Las Vegas.

She said she needed the money to support her family. 

Cher said, “I lost all the money I had worked for at some point. So I had to start at ground zero, and I didn’t know what I was gonna actually do to make a living for my kids.” 

“I decided to go to Caesar’s Palace, which was — you know, people didn’t go there,” she continued. “I was like, ‘What’s Elvis [Presley] doing here?”

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“But people didn’t go to Las Vegas. It really was the elephant’s graveyard,” she added.

Cher had a residency at the Circus Maximus Showroom at Caesars Palace.

Billed as “A Celebration at Caesars Palace.” Cher performed songs like “Lookin for Love,” “Take It to the Limit” and “Out Here on My Own.”

According to Cher, many at the time were eager to write her off.

“There was one writer who kept saying every year, ‘This is her last year. This is finally her last year. She is so over,'” she recalled. “And I said, ‘You know what buddy, I’ll be here when you’re gone.’ And I think I am.”

She added, “But I tried to be cool with everybody because why not?”

Cher also said despite her hard work, luck matters.

“I’m lucky. I’m really lucky because I think to be in our business, it’s not enough to be talented, you’ve gotta have some luck,” she said. “Because I know people who can sing rings around me, you know? But they weren’t as lucky. Like I’m a vessel. It goes through me.”

Check out this full Cher appearance in the video below.

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Cher will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

And that’s not just luck. Congratulations to the new inductee!

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