Singer + Actress + Songwriter + Author + Entertainer
Born May 20, 1946

Cher is an American singer, actress, television personality, director, record producer and entrepreneur. Well-known for having worked extensively across media, she has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her work in film, music and television. She is the only person in history to receive all of these awards.… Read More

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1946 Birth Cher was born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California, on May 20, 1946. … Read More


1961 15 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Fascinated by film stars, Cher's role model was Audrey Hepburn, particularly due to her role in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's. … Read More
1962 16 Years Old …  Cher met performer Sonny Bono in November 1962 when he was working for record producer Phil Spector. … Read More
1964 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Cher and Sonny became close friends, eventual lovers, and performed their own unofficial wedding ceremony in a hotel room in Tijuana, Mexico, on October 27, 1964. … Read More
Encouraged by Imperial, Cher worked with Sonny on her second solo single on the label, a cover version of Bob Dylan's "All I Really Want to Do", which peaked at number 15 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1965. … Read More


1969 23 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1969, she was dropped from Imperial Records. … Read More
CBS head of programming Fred Silverman offered Sonny and Cher their own television program after he noticed them as guest-hosts on The Merv Griffin Show in 1971.
1972 - 1973 2 More Events
1974 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Cher's third U.S. solo number-one single was "Dark Lady", in 1974, from the namesake album. … Read More
…  After her divorce from Sonny Bono in 1975, Cher launched a comeback in 1979 with the disco-oriented album Take Me Home and earned $300,000 a week for her 1980 - 82 residency show in Las Vegas.


1976 30 Years Old Sonny and Cher's TV reunion, The Sonny and Cher Show, debuted on CBS in February 1976—the first show ever to star a divorced couple.
1977 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Although the show was a ratings success on its premiere, Cher and Sonny's insulting onscreen banter about their divorce, her reportedly extravagant lifestyle, and her troubled relationship with Allman caused a public backlash that eventually contributed to the show's cancellation in August 1977. … Read More
1978 - 1980 2 More Events
In 1982, Cher made her Broadway debut in the play Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and starred in the film adaptation of the same title. … Read More
1983 37 Years Old Director Mike Nichols, who had seen Cher onstage in Jimmy Dean, offered her the part of Dolly Pelliker, a plant co-worker and Meryl Streep's lesbian roommate in the film Silkwood. When it premiered in 1983, audiences questioned Cher's ability as an actress. … Read More
1985 39 Years Old In 1985, Cher formed the film production company Isis. … Read More


1986 40 Years Old She had romantic relationships with actors Val Kilmer, Eric Stoltz, and Tom Cruise, hockey player Ron Duguay, film producer Josh Donen, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, and Rob Camilletti, an 18-years-younger bagel baker whom she dated from 1986 to 1989.
By 1987, Cher was receiving attention for her controversial lifestyle, including her tattoos, plastic surgeries, exhibitionist fashion sense, and affairs with younger men.
1988 42 Years Old …  Her 1988 Oscar win signaled an important change in Hollywood, according to Berman, as Cher appeared in a negligee outfit, danced onstage and was applauded for her daring. … Read More
1989 43 Years Old 1 More Event
At the 1989 People's Choice Awards, Cher won the Favorite All-Around Female Star Award.
1990 - 1994 4 More Events
1995 49 Years Old Alongside Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry, and Eric Clapton, she topped the UK Singles Chart in 1995 with the charity single "Love Can Build a Bridge". … Read More


1996 - 1997 2 More Events
Following Sonny Bono's death in a skiing accident in 1998, Cher delivered a tearful eulogy at his funeral, calling him "the most unforgettable character" she had met.
In November 1999, Cher released the compilation album The Greatest Hits, which sold three million copies outside of the U.S. as of January 2000.
2000 54 Years Old …  During the 2000 United States presidential election, ABC News wrote that she was determined to do "whatever possible to keep him Bush out of office". … Read More
…  In May 2002, she performed during the benefit concert VH1 Divas Las Vegas.


2008 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2008, she began a three-year, 200-performance residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, for which she earned a reported $60 million per year. … Read More
2010 64 Years Old 1 More Event
Cher returned to film in the 2010 musical Burlesque, playing a nightclub impresario whom a young Hollywood hopeful is looking to impress. … Read More
2012 66 Years Old During the 2012 United States presidential election, Cher and comedian Kathy Griffin released a public service announcement titled "Don't Let Mitt Turn Back Time on Women's Rights". … Read More
Dear Mom, Love Cher, a documentary she produced about her mother Georgia Holt, aired on Lifetime in May 2013. … Read More
She embarked on the Dressed to Kill Tour in March 2014, nearly a decade after announcing her "farewell tour". … Read More
After appearing as Marc Jacobs' guest at the 2015 Met Gala, Cher posed for his brand's fall/winter advertising campaign. … Read More
2016 70 Years Old In 2016, after the discovery of lead contamination in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan, Cher donated more than 180,000 bottles of water to the city as part of a partnership with Icelandic Glacial.
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