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Full Name: Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre. Born In: El Centro, California, USA

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Legal name: Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre


Cher (/ˈʃɛər/; born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress. Recognized for having brought the sense of female autonomy and self-actualization into the entertainment industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in various areas of entertainment, as well as continuously reinventing both her music and image, which has led to her being nicknamed the Goddess of Pop.

Cher became prominent in 1965 as one-half of the folk rock husband–wife duo Sonny & Cher, who popularized a particular smooth sound that successfully competed with the dominant British Invasion and Motown styles of the era. From 1965, she had established herself as a solo artist with successful singles such as "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)", "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves", "Half-Breed", and "Dark Lady". Goldmine magazine's Phill Marder described her as the leader of an effort in the 1960s to "advance feminine rebellion in the rock world [and] the prototype of the female rock star, setting the standard for appearance [and] attitude". After the duo's drug-free lifestyle had lost its popular appeal in the United States owing to the drug culture of the 1960s, she returned to stardom in the 1970s as a television personality with her shows The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and Cher, both of which attained immense popularity. She became a fashion trendsetter with her daring outfits. After Cher and Sonny divorced in 1975, Cher experimented with various musical styles, including disco and new wave, before becoming a successful live act in Las Vegas in 1980.

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. In the ensuing years, she starred in films such as Mask, The Witches of Eastwick, and Moonstruck, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1988. She made her directorial debut in the 1996 film If These Walls Could Talk. At the same time, she established herself as a rock singer by releasing platinum albums such as Heart of Stone (1989) and top-ten singles such as "I Found Someone" and "If I Could Turn Back Time". Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Cher continued to experiment with musical styles, including R&B and dance. She reached a new commercial peak in 1998 with the song "Believe", which features the pioneering use of Auto-Tune, also known as the "Cher effect". Her 2002–2005 Living Proof: The Farewell Tour ended up as the highest-grossing music tour by a female artist then. In 2008, she signed a $60 million per-year deal to headline the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for three years. Cher returned to film in the 2010 musical Burlesque. Cher's latest studio album Closer to the Truth was released in 2013. It became her highest-charting solo album in the US to date.

Cher 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, among several other honors. Her other ventures have included fashion designing, managing the film production company Isis, writing books, and supporting charitable foundations. Being one of the best-selling music artists of all time, she has sold more than 100 million solo albums and over 40 million records as Sonny & Cher worldwide. She is the only artist to date to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1965 All I Really Want to Do 2 1
1966 The Sonny Side Of Chér 1 1
1966 Chér (1966 album) 1
1968 Backstage 1
1968 With Love, Cher 1 1
1971 Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves 2 1
1972 Foxy Lady 3 1
1973 Half-Breed 4 2
1973 Bittersweet White Light 3 1
1974 Dark Lady 3 1
1975 Stars 5 2
1977 Cherished 5 1
1979 Take Me Home 4 1
1979 Prisoner 4 1
1982 I Paralyze 4 2
1987 Cher (1987 album) 5 1
1989 Heart of Stone 5 1
1991 Love Hurts 4 3
1995 It's a Man's World 5 2
1998 Believe 3.65 7
2001 Living Proof 4 2
2003 3614 Jackson Highway 1
2013 Closer to the Truth 4
Cher 1 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1974 Greatest Hits Compilation 3
1990 Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - The Best Of Cher Compilation 1
1991 Golden Greats Compilation 1
1992 Cher's Greatest Hits: 1965-1992 Compilation 5 1
1992 Greatest Hits Compilation 1
1992 The Collection Compilation 1
1994 Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves Compilation 1
1995 Blue: The All Time Great Love Songs Compilation 1
1996 The Casablanca Years Compilation 1
1996 The Long and Winding Road Compilation 1
1997 Black Rose Compilation 1
1997 Take Me Home / Prisoner Compilation 1
1999 Greatest Hits: If I Could Turn Back Time Compilation 2
1999 The Greatest Hits Compilation 4 2
1999 Bang, Bang: The Early Years Compilation 1
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Cher Compilation 1
2000 Basic: Original Hits Compilation 1
2000 Cher: The Story (1964-1972) Compilation 1
2000 Holdin' Out For Love Compilation 1
2000 The Way of Love Compilation 1
2001 Essential Collection Compilation 1
2001 Holdin' Out for Love Compilation 1
2002 Absolutely the Best, Volume 1 Compilation 1
2003 The Very Best of Cher Compilation 6
2003 Behind the Door Compilation 1

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