Cher is a singer and actress from America. SHe has had a long and unique career that has led to her being fondly referred to as the Goddess of Pop. She was flying high in the American entertainment industry when it was basically dominated by men. She has a unique contralto voice that sets her apart from the crowd by the way she sings and even talks. Cher had a fair share of dominance in the entertainment industry and has a style that has sustained her career for almost six decades.
Cher’s Bio (Ethnicity)
Cher’s full name at birth was Cherilyn Sarkisian and she was born on the 20th of May 1946 in ElCentro, California to an Armenian-American truck driver father who had drug and gambling problems and an Irish, German, English and Cherokee mother who was occasionally a model and an actress.
While growing up, Cher and her family had little money with her mother having to leave her at one point at an orphanage, she came to visit her every day. Her fascination with entertainment started early. In fifth grade, she produced the musical Oklahoma! for her class; organizing a group of girls and teaching and directing them to act and dance. When she could not convince boys to participate she took on the male roles and sang their songs. She had already developed a low voice by the age of nine and she took Audrey Hepburn as a role model. She started to dress and behave like the character the actress portrayed in the 1961 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Cher went to a private school in Encino called Montclair College Preparatory School, however, she dropped out of school at age 16 as she simply wanted to be famous and stand out among most of her mates and peers. She left home and moved to Los Angeles in the company of a friend. There she took acting classes while also working by dancing in some clubs along Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. She never hesitated to introduce herself to people in the business she wanted to go into; the business of entertaining people. It was in doing this that Cher met the performer Sonny Bono, who would later become her husband in 1962. Bono was working with the record producer Phil Spector at the time and Cher started work as his housekeeper. He, in turn, introduced her to Phil Spector who then allowed her to sing as a backup on some of the records he produced.
Cher and Sonny began a relationship and soon after got married unofficially on the 27th of October 1964. In 1965, as part of the folk-rock duo with her husband Sonny, Cher’s star began to shine. They called themselves Sonny & Cher and in that year their song I Got You Babe peaked at number one on both American and British charts. They had sold 40 million records worldwide by the end of 1967. In 1966 Cher also launched her own solo career and had her first million-selling hit in Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).
The 1970s saw the launch of Cher as a television personality with “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.” Cher had also become known as a setter of fashion trends and was continuing to establish herself as a solo artist, delivering some chart-topping singles. In 1975 however, she got a divorce from Sonny Bono.
In 1979, Cher released a disco album titled Take Me Home and in 1980 she also started earning $300,000 a week for a concert residency in Las Vegas that ended in 1982. The year 1982 was also the year that she made her Broadway debut in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. She would also star in its film adaptation. She picked up other film credits that included “Mask” (1985) and “Moonstruck” (1987). She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Moonstruck.
The album Believe released in 1998 shot Cher to a new peak commercially. The Believe track off the album was the highest selling single of all time by a UK female artist. It was the first track to use Auto-Tune. Cher’s 2002–2005 Living Proof: The Farewell Tour was also one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. She earned a whopping $250 million. She released another solo album in 2013 named Closer to the Truth and it became her highest-charting album in the United States.
Cher had a child from each of her two marriages. Her union with Sonny Bono produced a daughter known then as Chastity Sun Bono born on the 4th of March 1969. After undergoing a transgender change starting in 2008, Chastity is now a transgender man that is identified by the name of Chaz Bono. He is a writer musician and actor.
Cher got married to another man named Gregg Allman after her divorce from Sonny Bono. With him, she had a son named Elijah Blue Allman born on the 10th of July 1976. He is a singer and guitarist.
Cher is 5 ft 8½ in or 174 cm and weighs 61 kg or 134.5 lbs. In true unrelenting form, she continues to keep fit with a workout routine that ensures she is hitting the gym five days in a week.
Where is She Now?
Cher has had an amazing career. She has won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and three Golden Globe Awards among many other honors through the course of her career. She is one of the biggest music artists in history and she is still right here.
After not doing any on-screen work since the 2010 Burlesque she starred in the 2018 romantic musical comedy film called “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.” She is also scheduled to go on the Here We Go Again Tour for Australia and New Zealand.
She has continued to stand up for what she believes in with her philanthropy and activism in such issues as HIV/AIDS prevention and LGBTQ rights.
Dead or Alive?
Cher is alive and still doing what she loves best – entertaining. She is pretty active and open on Twitter where she is known as one of the most authentic and honest celebrity voices. Her partner for such a long time and ex-husband, Sonny Bono, however, died in a skiing accident in 1998.