Cher

~ Person

Annotation

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

Annotation last modified on 2005-04-23 00:37 UTC.

Legal name: Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre

Wikipedia

Cher (/ˈʃɛər/; born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer, actress, and television host. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in various areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her career, which has led to her being nicknamed the Goddess of Pop.

Cher gained popularity in 1965 as one-half of the folk rock husband–wife duo Sonny & Cher after their first hit, "I Got You Babe". She began her solo career simultaneously, releasing in 1966 her first million-seller song, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)". 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 had lost its young audience owing to their monogamous, anti-drug lifestyle during the period of the sexual revolution and the rise of the drug culture, she returned to stardom in the 1970s as a television personality with her shows The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, watched by over 30 million viewers weekly during its three-year run, and Cher. She became a fashion trendsetter by wearing elaborate outfits on her television shows. While working on television, she established herself as a solo artist with the number-one singles "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves", "Half-Breed", and "Dark Lady". 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.

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". 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. After seven years of absence, she returned to film in the 2010 musical Burlesque. Cher's first studio album in 12 years, Closer to the Truth (2013), became her highest-charting solo album in the US to date.

Biographer Mark Bego wrote, "No one in the history of show business has had a career of the magnitude and scope of Cher's." She has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a special CFDA Fashion Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and a Cannes Film Festival award, among several other honors. She has sold 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. She is the only artist to date to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades. Outside of her music and acting, she is noted for her political views, philanthropic endeavors and activism for LGBT rights.

Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license
Filter

Discography

« 1 2 » Page 1 of 2

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
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
1976 I'd Rather Believe In You 1
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
Not.com.mercial 2

Album + Compilation

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

« 1 2 » Page 1 of 2

Showing official release groups by this artist. Show all release groups instead, or show various artists release groups.