Publicity photo of Cher, c. 1970s
20 Mey 1946
El Centro, Californie, U.S.
Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPiere Bono Allman
Cher (//; born Cherilyn Sarkisian; Mey 20, 1946) is an American sangster an actress. Commonly referred tae as the Goddess o Pop, she is describit as emboukin female autonomy in a male-dominatit industry. She is kent for her distinctive contralto sangin vyce an for haein wirked in numerous auries o entertainment, as weel as adoptin a variety o styles an appearances in her sax-decade-long career.
Cher gained popularity in 1965 as ane-hauf o the fowk rock husband-wife duo Sonny & Cher efter their song "I Got You Babe" reached nummer ane on the American an Breetish chairts. Bi the end o 1967, thay haed sauld 40 million records warldwide an haed acome, accordin tae Time magazine, rock's "it" couple. She begoud her solo career simultaneously, releasin in 1966 her first million-seller sang, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)". She becam a telly personality in the 1970s wi her shaws The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, watched bi ower 30 million viewers weekly in its three-year run, an Cher. She emerged as a fashion trendsetter bi weirin elaborate ootfits on her telly shaws.
While wirkin on telly, Cher established hersel as a solo airtist wi the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart-tappin singles "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves", "Half-Breed", an "Dark Lady". Efter her divorce frae Sonny Bono in 1975, she launched a comeback in 1979 wi the disco album Take Me Home an earnt $300,000 a week for her 1980–1982 concert residency in Las Vegas.
In 1982, Cher made her Broadway debut in the play Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean an starned in its film adaptation. She subsequently received creetical acclaim for her performances in films sic as Silkwood (1983), Mask (1985), The Witches of Eastwick (1987) an Moonstruck (1987), wi the latter haein earned her the Academy Awaird for Best Actress. She then revived her muisical career bi recordin the rock-inflectit albums Cher (1987), Heart of Stone (1989) an Love Hurts (1991), aw o that yieldit successfu singles sic as "I Found Someone", "If I Could Turn Back Time" an "Love and Understanding".
Cher reached a new commercial peak in 1998 wi the dance-pop album Believe, that's teetle track becam the biggest-sellin single o aw time bi a female airtist in the UK. It featurs the pioneerin uise o Auto-Tune, an aw kent as the "Cher effect". Her 2002–2005 Living Proof: The Farewell Tour becam ane o the heichest-grossin concert tours o aw time, earnin $250 million. In 2008, she signed a $180 million deal tae heidline the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for three years. In 2018, Cher returned tae film for her first on-screen role syne 2010's Burlesque, starnin in the muisical romantic comedy film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Inspired bi the film, the album Dancing Queen (2018) debuted at nummer three on the Billboard 200, tyin wi 2013's Closer to the Truth for Cher's heichest-chairtin solo album in the U.S.
Cher haes wan a Grammy Awaird, an Emmy Awaird, an Academy Awaird, three Gowden Globe Awairds, a Cannes Film Festival Awaird, an an awaird frae the Kennedy Center Honors an the Council of Fashion Designers of America, amang several ither honours. She haes sauld 100 million records warldwide tae date, acomin ane o the best-sellin muisic airtists in history. She is the anerly airtist tae date tae hae a nummer-ane single on a Billboard chairt in sax consecutive decades, frae the 1960s tae the 2010s. Ootside o her muisic an actin, she is notit for her poleetical views, philanthropic activities, an social activism, includin LGBT richts an HIV/AIDS prevention.