Mike Nichols had felt the same way about Cher. He refused to meet with her for a film he was casting.
The worm had turned by the time he was casting SILKWOOD. Cher was now hot in movies, thanks to her Oscar turn in MOONSTRUCK.
And Nichols had considerably cooled as a director. The financiers wanted Cher, and according to her, she made him apologize to her.
My own story: in the early 90s I lived in Malibu for a year. One Saturday afternoon I took in a matinee of the BORN YESTERDAY remake and
the theater was practically empty, except for me and a couple of women who wouldn't shut up. They were a few rows in back of me and were constantly
dogging poor Melanie Griffith through the whole movie.
When the movie ended and the lights came on, I turned around to see who the chatterboxes were and sitting there were Cher and Whoopi Goldberg.