- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 8, 2005

Retiring — or threatening to — is second only to dying in the playbook of career revival. It’s akin to crying wolf — and getting away with it. International film legend Ingmar Bergman, for example, quit directing feature films years ago, yet he couldn’t resist making at least one comeback with “Saraband” (review, D8). If the rest of the work force were like these entertainers, there’d be no worries about funding Social Security.

Cher — Who was she kidding with that never-ending three-year Farewell Tour, which ended earlier this year after having stopped in some cities four times? It was the most lucrative solo female tour in history. Oh, she’ll be back.

Elvis Presley — After abandoning live performance and drifting into musical irrelevance for much of the ‘60s with a string of apathetic movie soundtrack albums, the “king” unplugged and returned to roots rock form with his classic 1968 “Comeback Special.” Too bad he didn’t retire more often; it would have spared us the Vegas era. But then, it’s hard to top a man who keeps coming back from the ultimate retirement — death.

The Who — The Brit rockers “officially” retired in 1982 but have played a million shows since. Not even the deaths of drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle, not to mention a child porn scandal, have stopped them. A new album has been in the works for years. Who are we to put them down, just because they get around?

Jay-Z — After bowing out of record-making with “The Black Album,” rap’s top dog has made a movie (“Fade to Black”) and taken a job as the head suit at Def Jam Recordings. Who knows? Maybe Beyonce will date only workaholics.

Sean Connery — Sir Sean says he’s “fed up with the idiots” in Hollywood, vowing never to work again. This, from the chap who starred in “Entrapment” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” Oh, he’ll be back.

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