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|Cher Biography and Filmography
Birthday: May 20, 1946
Birth Place: El Centro, California, USA
Height: 5' 8"
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Born into a lower-income California family, actress/pop singer Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian) attempted to escape her poverty by entering show business as a go-go dancer at the age of 16. She met and married singer/promoter Sonny Bono, who lifted her from obscurity as half of the immensely popular singing duo Sonny and Cher. The diminutive, ebullient Bono and the tall, deadpan Cher became a top recording team (their big hit was "I Got You, Babe") and a regular guest act on the many variety shows of the period. Sonny and Cher continued their upward climb until musical tastes changed in the early '70s, whereupon they began concentrating on comedy sketches and kidding-on-the-square insults directed at one another in their own variety weekly, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, which enjoyed a successful three-year network run beginning in 1971. It was on this program that Cher, began sharpening her acting versatility in such sketch roles as brash housewife Laverne, sardonic waitress Rosa, and a whole slew of historical vamps. But Cher began to chafe at Bono's hold on her career and her private life, and the couple divorced in 1974. Both Sonny and Cher were starring on separate TV series that fall, but they also each faced poor ratings; so the pair decided to team up professionally once more in 1976 for a new Sonny & Cher Show, although Cher was now married to Gregg Allman and pregnant with their son Elijah. But the old chemistry was no longer there, and the new program was canceled in the following year. Bono eased out of show business for a successful political career, while Cher began seeking out film work. At first treated condescendingly by critics, she matured into a first-rate actress in such movies as Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) (repeating her Broadway role), Silkwood (1983), Mask (1985), Suspect (1987), and Moonstruck (1987). She was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Silkwood, received one for her role in Moonstruck, and shared a Best Actress award at Cannes for her supporting role in Mask. Something of an enigma in the show business world, Cher has managed to retain her stature as a highly respected film actress while promoting exercise videos and a line of cosmetics, in addition to recording new chart-topping songs and appearing in music videos.
- Mother, with Gregg Allman, of Elijah Blue Allman.
- Diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 30.
- Had started dating producer David Geffen after she and estranged husband Sonny Bono split up.
- Was living with rock musician Gene Simmons of Kiss for several years.
- Her sister, Georganne LaPiere, was the first wife of Michael Madsen.
- Offered the part of Thelma in Thelma & Louise (1991).
- Half-sister-in-law of Michael Madsen.
- Half-sister of Georganne LaPiere.
- Her father was Armenian, her mother was part Cherokee.
- Legally changed her name from "Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre Bono Allman" to simply "Cher."
- Beat out Céline Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" for the best selling single of 1998 with "Believe."
- Wanted to play Morticia in the The Addams Family (1991), but the part went to Anjelica Huston.
- Her favourite makeup artist, Kevyn Aucoin, died in 2002 of a brain tumor.
- Has mostly been living in London, UK over the last few years.
- Holds the record for the the longest gap between #1 hits ("Dark Lady" 1974, "Believe" 1999).
- Holds the record for oldest female artist with a #1 hit ("Believe").
- Son, Elijah Allman, fronts the band Deadsy.
- Half-sister-in-law of actress Virginia Madsen.
- Is tying with Mako as the Oscar-nominated actor throughout history with the shortest name. Technically wins, as her name is only one syllable and is her actual legal name.
- Suffers from fear of flying.
- Wears size 8 shoes.
- Cher's very first recording was novelty record "I Love You Ringo," under the name of Bonnie Jo Mason in 1963.
- Her parents married and divorced 3 times.
- Measurements: 32B-24-36 (in 1990), 34C-24-35 1/2 (after breast lift surgery), 35 1/2 -25 1/2-36 (late 1990s), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
- She won an Grammy in 1999 for the song "Believe" and an Emmy in 2003 for a special on her farewell concert tour.
- Spoke the eulogy at ex-husband Sonny Bono's funeral.
- Ranked #43 on VH1's "100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll."
- Wore braces as an adult.
- Her 1998 hit single "Believe" was ranked #60 on VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs.
- A 2002 Rolling Stone article estimated her wealth at over 600 million dollars. Since then she has embarked on a hugely successful farewell tour that is still going and released a greatest hits CD that has spent weeks in the the Billboard Top 10.
- Is a big Katharine Hepburn fan.
- Although her music video "If I Could Turn Back Time" is often cited as the first video to be banned by MTV, this is not true. The Rolling Stones ("Neighbors"), The Ramones ("Psychotherapy") and Laura Branigan all had videos banned several years beforehand.
- Mother, with Sonny Bono, of Chastity Bono.
- Named after Lana Turner's daughter Cheryl Crane.
- Is the only certified female performer in music history to have had a U.S #1 single in the 1960s 1970s 1980s and 1990s.
- She and Barbra Streisand are the only two female performers in the U.S. to have had a #1 hit and won an Oscar.
- Has appeared solo on the cover of People magazine a near record 13 times.
- In addition to her Oscar and Emmy wins, Cher won a 2000 Grammy for the song "Believe" as Best Dance Recording.
- US-born Cher is the most famous Hollywood personality of Armenian ethniciy, the USSR-born genius Sergei Parajanov is the most famous non-Hollywood Armenian cinema personality.
- In a recent poll, A&E's Biography Magazine ranked her as people's Number 3 favorite actress of all time behind her two Hollywood idols, Katharine Hepburn and Audrey Hepburn.
- She was the subject of an episode of "The X Files" (1993) called "The Post-Modern Prometheus" (5X06; first aired November 3, 1997). This episode concerned a deformed man who adored Cher because of her role in Mask (1985), in which her character cared for her deformed son. Several Cher songs appeared on the soundtrack of this episode, including "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves" and "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore". At the end of the episode, Mulder and Scully take the Cher fan to a Cher concert, where they hear her sing her cover of "Walkin' in Memphis". Cher, an "X-Files" fan, was asked to play herself in this scene but declined the producers' offer. However, she revealed on The X-Files Movie Special (1998) (TV) that once the episode aired, she regretted not having appeared in it.
- Was called to be offered the role in The Witches of Eastwick (1987) on the morning of her 40th birthday.
- Her Oscar-winning part in Moonstruck (1987) was originally offered to Sally Field, who turned it down.
- She has had rhinoplasty and other cosmetic surgeries.
- From 2002-2005, Cher has had an immense success on her "Living Proof Farewell Tour" spanning all over the globe, making her the world's top diva. She also holds the record for longest running tour and most money grossed of any female artist in history.
- Is one of only five actors/actresses to have both a number one single and an Oscar for acting. The others are Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Jamie Foxx, and Bing Crosby.