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

Cher is an American recording artist, television personality, actress, director, record producer, and philanthropist. Referred to as the Goddess of Pop, she has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globes, and a Cannes Film Festival Award for her work in film, music, and television. She is the only person in history to receive all these awards.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Cher.


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, 11 years her senior, 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 wedding ceremony in a hotel room in Tijuana, Mexico, in October 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 Billboard Hot 100 in 1965. … Read More


1967 21 Years Old …  Her 1967 song, "You Better Sit Down Kids", written and produced by Sonny, casts her in the role of a father trying to explain an impending divorce to his children. … 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 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1972, Cher released the all-ballad set Foxy Lady, demonstrating the evolution of her vocal abilities. … Read More
1973 27 Years Old At Sonny's insistence, in 1973 Cher released an album of standards called Bittersweet White Light, which was unsuccessful. … Read More
1974 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Cher's third number-one single was "Dark Lady", in 1974, from the namesake album. … Read More
…  After her divorce from Sonny Bono in 1975, Cher's much-publicized personal life led to a decline in her career, although she launched a minor comeback in 1979 with the disco-oriented album Take Me Home and earned $300,000 a week for her 1980–1982 residency show in Las Vegas.


1978 - 1981 4 More Events
1982 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1982, Columbia Records released the album I Paralyze, later deemed by biographer Mark Bego as Cher's "strongest and most consistent solo album in years" despite its disappointing sales. … Read More
1983 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In the early 1980s, Cher made her Broadway debut, and then starred in the film Silkwood, which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1983. … Read More
1985 39 Years Old In 1985, Cher formed the film production company Isis. … Read More


1986 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1986, Cher made her first guest appearance on the Late Night with David Letterman show. … Read More
In 1987, she returned to the show with Sonny to sing "I Got You Babe" for the first time in ten years.
By 1988, Cher had become one of the most acclaimed and bankable actresses of the decade, commanding $1 million per film.


1996 - 1997 3 More Events
Following Sonny Bono's death in a skiing accident in 1998, Cher delivered a moving eulogy at his funeral, calling him "the most unforgettable character" she had met.
In January 1999, Cher performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl XXXIII.
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
…  Cher performed during the benefit concert VH1 Divas Las Vegas in May 2002. … Read More


2008 62 Years Old In 2008, the singer began a three-year, 200-performance residency at the Colosseum in 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
2011 - 2012 2 More Events
Cher produced a documentary about her mother, Georgia Holt, called Dear Mom, Love Cher, which aired on Lifetime in May 2013. … Read More
She embarked on her highly successful Dressed to Kill Tour in March 2014.
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