Sonny Bono: 20 years later, his last ski run feels 'as if it was yesterday'

Dec 30, 2017 1106

BY: Bruce Fessier

Twenty years ago this week, Sonny Bono went missing. He was a Palm Springs icon, born Salvatore Phillip Bono to a Sicilian peasant and a second generation Italian-American whose marriage was arranged when his mother was 14. In Washington D.C., he was the Honorable Sonny Bono, Republican member of the House of Representative for California’s 44th District. But, to everyone else, he was Sonny.

He and his fourth wife, Mary, often went skiing around Lake Tahoe. Sonny had grown close to the late Bill Harrah, owner of the Harrah’s Hotel and Casinos, when he and Cher were TV’s biggest musical stars of the 1970s. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe was like a second home to him.

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