Cher

Biography

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.

Cher: 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.

Cher: Fledgling 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: Solo Work & Career Highlights

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.

Cher: Film Career

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.

Cher: 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.

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Cher: It's hard to say goodbye

2nd July 2014 -

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Cher is struggling to say goodbye to performing live as she starts to wrap up her last ever tour.The 68-year-old pop star is currently performing her 'Dressed To Kill' farewell gigs across the globe and...

Cher treated in hospital for foot injury

17th June 2014 -

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Cher has spent time in hospital to receive treatment for a chronic foot injury. The 'Believe' hitmaker, who has been touring North America with her 'Dressed To Kill' shows, has had a long-suffering foot problem...

Cher Reunites With Costume Designer

17th June 2014 -

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Pop superstar Cher has reunited with her longtime costume designer, Bob Mackie, after he previously stepped down from working on her current world tour.The singer was devastated when MACkie, famed for creating some of her...

Cher Hospitalised To Treat Injured Foot

17th June 2014 -

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Cher headed to hospital on Monday (16Jun14) to receive treatment for a chronic foot injury.The Believe hitmaker, who is currently touring North America with her Dressed To Kill shows, has suffered foot problems for several...

Robin Thicke's New Album Titled 'Paula': Ten More Cringe-Worthy Album Titles

13th June 2014 -

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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...

Cher and Bruce Jenner become good pals

25th May 2014 -

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Cher and Bruce Jenner's friendship is reportedly heating up.The duo - who briefly dated in the 1980s - have been hanging out since the 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' star ended his 22-year marriage to...

Westboro Baptist Church To Protest Cher Concert

22nd May 2014 -

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Members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church are planning to protest Cher's upcoming concert in Missouri over her support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (Lgbt) community.The extremist group has branded the gay icon,...

Bruce Jenner befriends Cher

18th May 2014 -

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Bruce Jenner has formed a close friendship with Cher.The 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' star, who split from Kris Jenner in October after 22 years of marriage, has known the singer since the 70s but...

Most Unlikely Collaboration Of 2014? Cher on Wu-Tang's "Secret Album"

8th May 2014 -

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Cher has officially confirmed her guest appearance on Wu-Tang Clan’s upcoming album. According to Forbes, Cher will lend her iconic voice to two tracks on Wu-Tang’s upcoming “secret album,” The Wu – Once Upon A...

Cher To Be Featured On Wu-tang Clan's New Album

7th May 2014 -

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Singer Cher will be an unlikely Wu-Tang Clan guest on the rap collective's much-anticipated new album.The Believe hitmaker's vocals will be included on the group's upcoming record The Wu - Once Upon a Time in...

Pharrell Williams Replacing Cee Lo Green As Coach On 'The Voice'

1st April 2014 -

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Pharrell Williams is to replace The Voice's outgoing coach, Cee Lo Green, who recently announced that he's be stepping away from NBC's talent contest to focus on his own musical career. Williams, who served as...

Cher relaxes after tough shows

26th March 2014 -

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Cher relaxed by taking a bubble bath after the first shows on her 'Dressed to Kill Farewell Tour'. The 'Turn Back Time' singer needed to unwind after a less than perfect start to her live...

Cher Overcomes Costume Crisis To Kick Off Tour

23rd March 2014 -

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Pop superstar Cher overcame a crisis in the costume department to kick off her tour in Phoenix, Arizona as scheduled on Saturday night (22Mar14).The 76-year-old singer has hit the road for her Dressed To Kill...

Cher Battling Insecurities Ahead Of Tour Launch

20th March 2014 -

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Pop icon Cher is struggling with rehearsals for her upcoming tour and fears she might not be able to pull off such a "complicated" stage show.The Believe singer's upcoming Dressed To Kill tour is said...

Cher's Longtime Costume Designer Steps Down From Final Tour

14th March 2014 -

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Pop superstar Cher has been left heartbroken after learning her longtime costume designer, Bob Mackie, will no longer be able to dress her for her upcoming farewell tour.The Believe hitmaker announced plans last year (13)...

Cher's Believe Named U.k.'S Most Popular Single By Female Artist In Chart History

10th March 2014 -

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Cher's smash hit Believe has been named the U.K.'s best-selling single by a female artist.The pop superstar released the dance track in 1998 and it has since sold 1.79 million units to date, placing it...

Cher: 'My Record Label Doesn't Care About My Album'

7th February 2014 -

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Pop superstar Cher has lashed out at her record label bosses, insisting they do not have a "great deal of interest" in her latest album and "don't seem to care that much" about her success.The...

Cher's Son & 'Desperate Housewives' Star Both Reveal Drug Addiction In Wake Of PSH's Death

6th February 2014 -

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In the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman's probably heroin related death, now is not the time to reveal how heroin "kind of saved" you. Or it is if you're Cher's son, Elijah Blue Allman.Cher's son,...

Cher snubbed son's wedding

5th February 2014 -

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Cher didn't attend her son's wedding.The 67-year-old singer fell out with Elijah Blue - her son with rocker Gregg Allman - and his partner Marie-Angela King in October and has had no contact with them...

Elijah Blue Allman (Cher's Kid) Opens Up On Drugs, Started Using Aged 11

5th February 2014 -

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Cher and Greg Allman's son, the musician and artist Elijah Blue Allman, has opened up about his battle with drug addiction, which he says began when he was only 11 years old. The 37-year-old was...

Britney Spears Becomes The Latest Star To Threaten Retirement

24th December 2013 -

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Britney Spears starred in her own fly-on-the-wall documentary I Am Britney Jean for E! over the weekend, in a feature-length outing that allowed fans to see the singer as she prepares for her upcoming residency...

Cher Needs A Wig Room On Tour

16th December 2013 -

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Pop superstar Cher demands a special backstage room where she can keep all her wigs while she is on tour.The veteran singer, who is preparing to launch her Dressed To Kill tour of North America...

Cher: I don't want a Kim Kardashian butt

8th December 2013 -

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Cher doesn't ''want a Kim Kardashian butt''.The 'Believe' singer has opened up about her own body and insisted while she wishes her bum and breasts were bigger - which she admitted in new track 'I...

Cher's spider-infested wig

8th December 2013 -

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Cher had to throw away a wig because it was infested with spiders. The 'Believe' star was upset when one of her favourite orange headpieces went missing, but one of her assistants explained she had...

Cher blasts Thanksgiving

29th November 2013 -

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Cher does not celebrate Thanksgiving. The 'I Got You Babe' singer doesn't mark the traditional holiday - held on the fourth Thursday in November in the US to celebrate a good harvest, which has its...

Cher Rants About Thanksgiving

29th November 2013 -

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Pop superstar Cher put a damper on Thanksgiving celebrations this week (beg25Nov13) by ranting about the annual American holiday to her Twitter.com followers.The Believe singer voiced her opposition to the holiday, which stems from the...

Chaz Bono happier than ever with weight loss

29th November 2013 -

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Chaz Bono is happier than ever since he lost 85lbs.The transgender son of 'Believe' singer Cher slimmed down from 250lbs by cutting out carbs and dairy from his diet.Speaking to Extra TV in the US,...

Cher's Son Chaz Bono Loses 85 Pounds On Health Kick

28th November 2013 -

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Cher's son Chaz Bono won't be feeding his face this Thanksgiving after losing a whopping 85 pounds (38.5 kilograms) on a diet plan set out for him by a group of Tv medics.Check out the...

Cher Attacked By Palin's Brother Over 'Vile' Tweet

21st November 2013 -

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Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin's brother has responded to Cher's foul-mouthed tweet aimed at his sister, calling her "vile" remarks "sad".Chuck Heath, Jr. has penned an open letter to the pop diva on his...

Cher: Miley Cyrus' antics aren't 'dire'

8th November 2013 -

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Cher doesn't think Miley Cyrus' controversial antics are ''dire''.The 'Believe' hitmaker disagrees with fellow singer/songwriter Sinead O'Connor, who recently penned an open letter warning Miley to curb her provocative behaviour, fearing she is being ''prostituted''...

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I was glad to see Cher support Hillary Clinton for President.DEMOCRATIC MOTTO IS COUNT EVERY VOTECongradulations Hillary-America Knows You WON.How did Barack Obama "win" 68% to 32% in the Democratic Party Run and Paid for Caucus States(check how he "won" Votes and Delegates in Michigan)IRREFUTABLE FACT: After all the 2008 Presidential Primary Votes were counted and Certified, not only did Hillary Clinton receive more Votes than her rival Barack Obama, she has received more Votes than any other Presidential Primary candidate in History.

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CAN YOU READOR DID YOU HAVE PROBLEMS WITH READING

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