Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian, 20.5.1946)
Cher is an American pop singer and actress. She rose to fame in the 1960s' husband and wife duo, Sonny and Cher.
Net Worth: In 2013, Celebrity Net Worth claimed that Cher had a net worth of 305 million USD.
Childhood: Cher was born and raised in California, to John Sarkisian (an Armenian truck driver) and Georgia Holt (an actress and model of German, British and Cherokee heritage). Cher was raised mainly by her mother, as her parents divorced when she was a young child. Her mother remarried, to banker Gilbert La Piere, Cher's adoptive father. Cher left Fresno High School aged 16. During her high school years, she is known to have had a relationship with Warren Beatty.
Career: Through meeting her future husband Sonny, who worked for Phil Spector, Cher began work as a session singer, working for artists such as The Righteous Brothers, The Crystals and The Ronettes. Cher's debut solo record was released under the name Bonni Jo Mason. 'Ringo I Love You' failed to make an impression, as did 'Dream Baby', released under the name 'Cherilyn'. Sonny and Cher's first single as a duo was released as Caesar and Cleo(patra). However, success eluded the pair until they released Look at Us in 1965, which contained the hit single 'I Got You Babe'. Cher was 19 at the time and Sonny was 30. Cher's first solo album, All I Really Want To Do, was also released in 1965. The title track; a cover of a Bob Dylan track, reached 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. This was followed by a string of successful solo albums, including The Sonny Side of Cher and Backstage, with varying success. Her biggest hit of the era was 'Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)', written by Sony Bono. The song was covered by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Cliff Richard. Though the publicity waned, the pair soon found success on TV variety shows such as Sonny and Cher Nitty Gritty Hour. Capitalising on the success, Cher had her first number one solo hit with 'Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves' in 1971. Cher's career took a critical downturn in the 1970s but returned to her prime for the TV show Cher.Special. The disco album, Take Me Home was certified gold and her album Prisoner, sparked arguments among women's rights groups for the cover image of the singer nearly naked and wrapped in chains. The 1987 comeback album, Cher, featured contributions from the likes of Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Bolton and Richie Sambora. They returned to appear on its 1989 follow-up, Heart of Stone, which featured the international hit, 'If I Could Turn Back Time.' She completed her contractual obligations to Geffen in 1991 with Love Hurts, which spawned the hits ''The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)' and 'Love And Understanding'. In 1998, Cher released the Grammy Award-winning album, Believe. An album of contemporary, upbeat dance tracks, it hit number one in nearly every country in which it was released and has sold over 20 million copies across the globe. The title track became Cher's biggest single hit to date. The follow-up album, Believe: Living Proof failed to make the same impact on the charts. In June 2002, she announced her final tour, Living Proof: The Farewell Tour. She did, however, maintain that she would continue to record and release tracks. She went on to secure 200 shows over three years at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, at which she debuted in May 2008. Her guest performers will include Bette Midler and Elton John. In 2012, it was announced that a Broadway musical about her life was in development. In 2014, she confirmed that the project was ongoing and she had recently read a redraft of the script. Cher has starred in a number of successful movies, including Silkwood, alongside Kurt Russell and Meryl Streep, which won her an Oscar Nomination and a Golden Globe Award. She also appeared in Mask, The Witches of Eastwick and Mermaids, with Christina Ricci, Winona Ryder and Bob Hoskins.
Personal Life: Following Cher's rocky relationship with Sonny Bono, Cher admitted having a brief fling with Elvis Presley, before marrying Gregg Allman. She has also been romantically linked with David Geffen and Gene Simmons, as well as Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer and Richie Sambora.
Through the 1960s, a collection of Los Angeles musicians worked together in order to support acts like The Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra. This group was called The Wrecking Crew, and they created some of the greatest and most influential songs, without receiving any of the credit for it. Beach Boys co-founder, Bryan Wilson, described how they were the most important part of that period in music. A documentary 12 years in the making, sheds some light on some of the unsung heroes of the musical industry in the 1960s.
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Doctors have ordered the 68 year-old singer to get more rest to ensure a full recovery after contracting a viral infection in September.
Back in September Cher disappointed many of her fans after cancelling several concerts due to health issues, and unfortunately the iconic singer's condition hasn't improved, therefore all remaining dates on the second leg of her 'Dressed To Kill' tour have been postponed.
Cher on her 'Dressed to Kill' tour earlier this year
Cher informed concertgoers, "with enormous regret" she has been forced to cancel all remaining shows as she is still recovering from contracting a viral infection two months ago that is affecting her kidney function.
The 68 year-old singer has rescheduled two Dressed To Kill concerts, but the rest of the tour is expected to remain the same.
Cher has had to disappoint many of her fans by cancelling several upcoming concerts due to health issues. The iconic singer has postponed the second leg of her Dressed To Kill tour after contracting an "acute viral infection," according to her rep.
Cher needs to recover from an "acute viral infection"
Cher was scheduled to open the second leg of her tour with a show on September 11th in Albany, N.Y., but this has been pushed back to October 6th. Her Manchester, N.H., concert on September 13th has also been rescheduled for October 7th.
'Acute viral infection' forces the 68 year old star to rest for several days.
The evergreen pop star Cher has been forced to cancel tour dates because of an ‘acute viral infection’. The singer was about to embark upon the second leg of her world tour, but has been ordered to rest by doctors for several days.
Cher has been forced to cancel two US tour dates, which have rescheduled for October
The 'Dressed To Kill' tour is her first since the mammoth farewell tour that ended in 2005: like pretty much every farewell tour in pop music history, it wasn’t. Cher has already played 49 shows on her latest jaunt, which is set to resume on September 15th in Allentown, Pennsylvania, while the cancelled dates in Albany, New York and Manchester, New Hampshire have been rearranged for October 6th and 7th respectively. Fans can keep their tickets for the rescheduled dates or can get a full refund, and the rest of the tour is expected to stay the same.
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Calling an album after the name of an estranged wife is certainly weird but it pales in comparison to some of music's most horrific album titles.
In perhaps the most audacious and downright ridiculous move the music business has witnessed in the last few years, singer Robin Thicke has announced his new album will carry the title of Paula, which by some strange coincidence just happens to be the name of his estranged wife- actress Paula Patton.
Thicke and Paula in more happy circumstances.
To say such a public declaration of love is cringe-worthy would be an understatement, it is such a trite attempt at reconciling with his wife that is seems like something straight out of Spinal Tap. You can imagine the album title sitting quite comfortably alongside the likes of Smell The Glove and Shark Sandwich. As if that wasn’t irksome enough, Thicke’s debut single from the album is entitled "Get Her Back” and it sees the ageing crooner positively straining to exude as much heartfelt sincerity as he can before he gives himself a heart attack.
In a new National Enquirer cover story, sources and friends close to Cher tell the publication they fear she'll commit suicide because she's...