Born: 20 May, 1946
Place of Birth: El Centro, California
Cher is the legal name for one of America's most respected and accomplished entertainers.
As a child, she sometimes watched her part Cherokee mother singing on stage or appearing in an occasional movie.
Cher's early life was not an easy one as her parents had divorced and she struggled in school.
Cher dropped out of high school so she could take acting lessons which her mother paid for.
In 1962, she met Sonny Bono who helped her find work as a backup singer for record producer Phil Spector.
Cher and Bono were married in 1964 and, after some minor failures as a solo singer, Bono suggested they team up.
In 1965, they released their first album which included a song called I Got You Babe, a huge hit, which became their signature song.
Through television exposure, the couple became very popular and successful; during the next few years the duo posted six top 10 hits.
With the introduction of new albums and TV appearances, Cher was being recognized as a solo artist with an added talent for fashion design.
The duo starred in a new television show in 1971, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, while also launching several new songs and albums,
which together helped in the progress of making Cher a certified superstar.
Separating in 1974, they appeared solely or as a duo on their own TV shows until the year 1978 with the usual good and bad results;not unusual in the entertainment business.
Beginning in the early 80's, Cher took advantage of her early acting lessons and worked both in Broadway and Hollywood.
Within a few years, Cher was the recipient of several major honors such as Academy and Golden Globe awards for Best Actor.
In 1996, Sonny Bono passed away, and the world was very impressed by Cher's sincere eulogy during his funeral.
Extremely wealthy, Cher has supported many charitable organizations and causes over the years including The Cher Charitable Foundation.
In 1965, Cherilyn "Cher" Sarkisian LaPiere had a hit song in the Top 100 and then again in the year 2002; the longest span for a female recording artist.
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