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Cher (/ˈʃɛər/; born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, model, fashion designer, television host, comedian, dancer, businesswoman, philanthropist, author, film producer, director, and record producer. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in various areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her career, which has led to her being nicknamed the Goddess of Pop.

Cher gained popularity in 1965 as one-half of the folk rock husband–wife duo Sonny & Cher after their first hit, "I Got You Babe". She began her solo career simultaneously, releasing in 1966 her first million-seller song, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)". Goldmine magazine's Phill Marder described her as the leader of an effort in the 1960s to "advance feminine rebellion in the rock world the prototype of the female rock star, setting the standard for appearance attitude". After the duo had lost its young audience owing to their monogamous, anti-drug lifestyle during the period of the sexual revolution and the rise of the drug culture, she returned to stardom in the 1970s as a television personality with her shows The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, watched by over 30 million viewers weekly during its three-year run, and Cher. She became a fashion trendsetter by wearing elaborate outfits on her television shows. While working on television, she established herself as a solo artist with the number-one singles "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves", "Half-Breed", and "Dark Lady". After her divorce from Sonny Bono in 1975, Cher's much-publicized personal life led to a decline in her career, although she launched a minor comeback in 1979 with the disco-oriented album Take Me Home and earned $300,000 a week for her 1980–1982 residency show in Las Vegas.


She was born Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre in El Centro, California. She is of Armenian and Native American (Cherokee) decent.
Cher began working as a session singer in an attempt to finance an acting career. Her future husband Sonny Bono introduced her to Phil Spector, who hired her as a backing vocalist.
After releasing two singles under the name Caesar And Cleo, Sonny and Cher gained stardom as Sonny And Cher. Throughout this period Cher also sustained a solo career, initially singing a paean to Ringo Starr ("Ringo I Love You") under the pseudonym Bonnie Jo Mason. Thereafter, she secured several hits, including a cover version of the Byrds "All I Really Want To Do."
Cher appeared in 2 minor '60s films: Good Times (1967) and Chastity (1969).
In 1971, the chart-topping "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" and its attendant album saw her back in the ascendant. Two further US number 1 hits ("Half Breed" and "Dark Lady") preceded her divorce from Sonny, though for a time the duo continued to appear together on stage and television.
Cher had an on-off relationship with Gregg Allman starting in 1975 and divorcing in 1979. Their union resulted in one album, the punningly titled, Allman and Woman: Two The Hard Way. By the late '70s, she became a regular fixture in gossip columns and fashion magazines which lauded over her sartorial outrageousness and much publicized musical and personal relationships with Allman, Gene Simmons (of KISS) and Les Dudek. She was also associated with Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Richie Sambora, and Warren Beatty.
In 1981, Cher appeared on Meat Loaf's "Dead Ringer For Love" but recording interests increasingly took a back seat to her first love: acting. A leading role in Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) was followed by a lucrative part in Silkwood (1983), and an Oscar nomination. Appearances in Mask (1985), The Witches Of Eastwick (1987) and Suspect (1987) emphasized that her thespian aspirations were no mere sideline. For Moonstruck (1987), she won an Oscar for Best Actress.
She has a son with Greg Allman named Elijah Blue Allman. She also has a daughter with Sonny Bono named Chastity Bono.
Cher is dyslexic.
Cher has been romantically linked to Warren Beaty, Val Kilmer, Tom Cruise, Eric Stoltz (her co-star in Mask), and Gene Simmons, the lead guitarist of the band KISS, who gave her son Elijah Blue Allman his first guitar.
Cher has won many awards in television, film and music. These include an Academy Award, a Grammy, an Emmy, three Golden Globes, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

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