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1970s publicity photo

Cher (/ʃɛər/; born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress. Commonly referred to by the media as the Goddess of Pop, she has been described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry. She is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her six-decade-long career.

Cher gained popularity in 1965 as one-half of the folk rock husband-wife duo Sonny & Cher after their song "I Got You Babe" reached number one on the American and British charts. By the end of 1967, they had sold 40 million records worldwide and had become, according to Time magazine, rock's "it" couple. She began her solo career simultaneously, releasing in 1966 her first million-seller song, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)". She became a television personality in the 1970s with her shows The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, watched by over 30 million viewers weekly during its three-year run, and Cher. She emerged as a fashion trendsetter by wearing elaborate outfits on her television shows.

While working on television, Cher established herself as a solo artist with the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves", "Half-Breed", and "Dark Lady". After her divorce from Sonny Bono in 1975, she launched a comeback in 1979 with the disco album Take Me Home and earned $300,000 a week for her 1980–1982 concert residency in Las Vegas.

Selected album

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Believe is the twenty-third studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on November 10, 1998[1] by Warner Bros. Records. The RIAA certified it Quadruple Platinum on December 23, 1999, recognizing four million shipments in the United States; Worldwide, the album has sold more than 35 million copies[2], making it the biggest-selling album of her career, and from 1998. In 1999 the album received three Grammy Awards nominations including "Record of the Year", "Best Pop Album" and winning "Best Dance Recording" for the single "Believe".

After the poorly-received previous record It's a Man's World, Warner Bros. talked Cher into recording a dance album.[3] Cher began working on Believe in summer 1998 in London, meeting with producers Mark Taylor and Brian Rawling, who had previously worked with Rob Dickins; Additional producers were also: Todd Terry (who had worked on "Taxi Taxi") and Junior Vasquez (who had to originally worked on "Dov'è L'Amore" but when he sent back his version from New York, it was rejected by Rob, who decided instead to give the production of the track to Taylor and Rawling as well[4]); Vasquez's version can be heard in a remix form in the 1999 The Greatest Hits compilation. Cher worked also with long-time collaborator Diane Warren (who wrote "Takin' Back My Heart") and covered two songs: "The Power" and "Love Is the Groove". Furthermore she decided to introduce a remix form of her 1988 single "We All Sleep Alone" from her Cher album.


Selected movie

Mask is a 1985 drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and starring Cher and Eric Stoltz. Sam Elliott, Dennis Burkley, and Laura Dern are featured in supporting roles. Cher received the 1985 Cannes Film Festival award for Best Actress.[5]

The film is based on the life and early death of Roy L. "Rocky" Dennis, a boy who suffered from craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, an extremely rare disorder known commonly as lionitis due to the disfiguring cranial enlargements that it causes.

As the son of a freewheeling biker mom, Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) is accepted without question by his mother's boyfriends and extended motorcycle family but treated with fear, pity, awkwardness, and teasing by those unaware of his humanity, humor, and intelligence. Rocky's mother, Florence "Rusty" Dennis (Cher) is determined to give Rocky as normal a life as possible, in spite of her own wild ways as a member of the biker gang. She fights for Rocky's inclusion in a mainstream junior high school, and she confronts a principal who would rather classify Rocky with mental retardation and relegate him to a special education school to fulfill his special needs. Rusty asks the principal if they teach "Algebra, Science, English and History" at this school, they do, and these are "Rocky's needs".


Selected song

"Believe" is a pop song by American singer-actress Cher. It was released in most countries at the end of 1998 by Warner Bros., as the first single from her twenty third album, Believe.

It became one of the best-selling singles of all time.[6] having sold over 10 million copies worldwide.[7] It won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording and was also nominated for Record of the Year.

"Believe" is noted for its use of the Auto-Tune pitch-correction software on the singer's vocals to create a peculiar sound effect, sometimes referred to as the "Cher effect".


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First Lady Nancy Reagan with Cher at the White House.

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Did you know...

  • ... that Cher holds the Hot 100 record for the longest hit-making career span, with 25 years between the release of her first and most recent #1 singles, in 1974 and 1999
  • ... that Cher ended her 3-year-long "Farewell Tour" in 2005 as the second most successful tour by a female solo artist of all time
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  • ... that Cher is the oldest woman to have a U.S #1 hit with "Believe" at 52 years of age
  • ... that Cher appeared on the cover of People a record of 13x's
  • ... that Cher is one of few artists to win a Grammy, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and Academy Award for her acting roles


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  1. ^ US Copyright Office records about setlist
  2. ^ Rolling Stone - Cher Comeback
  3. ^ "Cher Records: 1965-2002". Cher Scholar. [unreliable source?]
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Mask". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
  6. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 1999". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  7. ^ Cashmere, Paul (2003-09-09). "Cher and Share Alike". Undercover.com.au. Retrieved 2005-11-12.
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