Georgia Holt

Georgia Holt (born Jackie Jean Crouch; June 9, 1926) is an American retired singer-songwriter, actress, and former model. She is the mother of singer and actress Cher.

Georgia Holt
Jackie Jean Crouch

(1926-06-09) June 9, 1926 (age 95)
Other names
  • Georgia Pelham
  • Georgia LaPiere
  • Singer-songwriter
  • actress
  • model
Years active1932–2014
John Sarkisian
(m. 1946; div. 1947)

(m. 1965; div. 1966)
John Southall
(m. 1951; div. 1955)
Joseph Harper Collins
(m. 1957; div. 1961)
Gilbert Hartmann LaPiere
(m. 1961; div. 1964)
Hamilton T. Holt
(m. 1970; div. 1974)
Partner(s)Craig Spencer (1976–present)
Children2, including Cher
RelativesChaz Bono (grandson)
Elijah Blue Allman (grandson)
Musical career
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Holt was born Jackie Jean Crouch in Kensett, Arkansas in 1926[1][2][3] to Lynda Inez Gulley,[4] aged 13, and Roy Malloy Crouch, a 21-year-old baker. Holt says she is of English, German, Irish, French, Dutch and Cherokee descent. She frequently moved back and forth between her separated parents. Holt has estimated that she attended 17 junior high schools. Her father taught her how to sing and play guitar.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Holt married five men; one of them twice. She and her first husband, Armenian-American John Sarkisian [5](whom she later divorced, remarried and divorced again), had daughter Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian).[3] She later married actor John Southall, by whom she had her other child, actress Georganne LaPiere (born Georganne Elizabeth Southall).[6] In 1961, Holt married Gilbert Hartmann LaPiere, a bank manager, who legally adopted Cher and Georganne, changing their last names to LaPiere. Through Cher, Holt has two grandsons, Chaz Bono and Elijah Blue Allman.[7]

Since 1976, Holt has been in a relationship with partner Craig Spencer.[8]


Holt sang on an Oklahoma City radio station when she was six years old, and by age 10 sang with bandleader Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. She won several talent and beauty competitions.[3] She had several minor television and film roles in the 1950s. After performing in a singers' workshop (Phil Moore's "Get Your Act Together") in July 1978 at Studio One in Los Angeles, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, and Dinah Shore booked Holt to appear on their television talk shows.[3]

Holt also appeared as an audience polling member as part of a group of ten mothers of famous celebrities on the U.S. game show Card Sharks from July 4–8, 1988.

Holt was the subject of the 2013 Lifetime documentary Dear Mom, Love Cher, which was executive produced by her daughter, Cher. Holt also released her album Honky Tonk Woman, which was recorded in 1982, in 2013. The album includes a duet with Cher titled "I'm Just Your Yesterday".[7]

In 2013, Holt and Cher appeared together on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno[9][10] and The Ellen DeGeneres Show[2] to promote the documentary Dear Mom, Love Cher and Holt's album Honky Tonk Woman.[2]

In 2014, Holt and her grandson Chaz Bono appeared in episode 9 of the sixth season of Rupaul's Drag Race for a talk show themed challenge.


Year Title Role Notes
1950 A Life of Her Own Uncredited Movies
Watch the Birdie Grandpop's Girl
1951 Grounds for Marriage First Girl
1955 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet Bride TV episode "David's Engagement"
Artists and Models Uncredited Movie
1956 I Love Lucy Jaques Marcel Model TV episode "Lucy Gets a Paris Gown"
1966 The Lucy Show Model TV episode "Lucy and Pat Collins"
1978 Cher... Special Herself Voice only
1979 The Mike Douglas Show TV series
1980 The Merv Griffin Show
1987 Superstars and Their Moms TV movie, also co-executive producer
1999 Behind The Music TV series documentary episode "Cher"
2011 Becoming Chaz TV series
2013 Entertainment Tonight Television infotainment series
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Late night comedy program (NBC-TV)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show TV series
Good Morning America Morning news program (ABC-TV)
Access Hollywood Television infotainment series
Dear Mom, Love Cher TV documentary
20/20 Weekly news program (on ABC-TV)
2013 Sunday Morning Herself Weekly news program
2014 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself/Guest Judge Season 6 Episode 9; "Queens of Talk"


Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US Heat
Honky Tonk Woman
  • Release date: April 30, 2013
43 13


  • Holt, Georgia; Quinn, Phyllis; Russell, Sue (1989). Star Mothers – The Moms Behind the Celebrities. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-91540-3.


  1. ^ Woo, Kelly (April 2, 2013). "First Look at Cher With Her Mom in Lifetime Documentary". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Peeples, Jase (May 1, 2013). "Watch: Cher and Her Mother Sing on Ellen". The Advocate. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e Kalter, Suzy (August 7, 1978). "After Seven Failed Marriages, Cher's Ma (Chastity's Grandma) Takes Her Own Star Turn". People. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Cher - Biography
  6. ^ Berman 2001, pp. 17–18.
  7. ^ a b Rice, Lynette (April 1, 2013). "Cher's family subject of Lifetime documentary". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  8. ^
  9. ^ Yahr, Emily (April 29, 2013). "TV highlights". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  10. ^ Avery, Dan (May 1, 2013). "Cher Reveals Her Teenage Mugshot On "The Tonight Show"". NewNowNext. Retrieved May 1, 2013.

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