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Little-known fact: Cher made her first film appearance as a “serious actress” in the early ’80s, as Sissy in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. The role was the first of a newly created type of “snap out of it” characters, and it landed her leads in Silkwood, Mask, Moonstruck, and Mermaids, as well as the title of only lady to put David Letterman in his place. The film also stars Karen Black, Sudie Bond, and the frequently maniacal Sandy Dennis. Dennis remains honorably regarded for her enthusiastic spasms in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as George and Martha rev up for another argument, and Dennis jumps up and down clapping and shouting, “Violence! Violence!” like a fan on the 50-yard-line. Dramatic genius may just be a brief lifting of the veil over the face of insanity. Dennis reprises her type as a delusional fan in Jimmy Dean, the first installment in the “Retailing Film Series” which shows at 6 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. FREE. (202) 272-2448. (Ginger Eckert)