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Cher (/ˈʃɛər/; born Cherilyn Sarkisian on May 20, 1946) is an American pop singer-songwriter, actress, director and record producer. She has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and a People's Choice Award for her work in film, music and television.

Cher began her career at the age of seventeen and came to prominence as one half of the pop rock duo Sonny & Cher with the success of their song "I Got You Babe" in 1965. She subsequently established herself as a solo recording artist, and became a television star in the 1970s with the variety show The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, for which she won a Golden Globe Award. A well received performance in the film Silkwood earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1984. In the following years, Cher starred in a string of hit films including Mask, The Witches of Eastwick, and Moonstruck, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1988.

Cher is the only female solo artist to reach the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in each of the previous four decades. Her hit dance single "Believe" is her biggest-selling recording and was the best-selling single of 1999, having sold over 12 million copies worldwide. She holds the Hot 100 record for the longest hit-making career span, with 33 years between the release of her first and most recent #1 singles, in 1965 and 1998. Cher ended her 3-year-long "Farewell Tour" in 2005 as the second most successful tour by a female solo artist of all time.

With a career lasting over 40 years, Cher has sold over 250 million records worldwide. After a three-year hiatus and retirement from touring, Cher returned to the stage in 2008 at Caesars Palace in Paradise, Nevada where she is currently performing her show Cher at the Colosseum.

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It's a Man's World is the twenty-second album by American singer-actress, Cher released on November 6, 1995 by Warner Bros Records. This is also the start of her second stint with the label.

It's a Man's World found Cher singing 'unconventional' songs in a style more associated with the Deep South, rather than her more familiar pop and rock roots. The album also stands out for Cher stretching her vocals to head register for such songs as "One by One" and "The Gunman", getting out of her comfort zone of her trademark husky contralto.

Cher recorded It's a Man's World in London in 1995. That same year the album was released all over Europe with "Walking in Memphis" as its lead off single. The original album included fourteen songs, but when it was released in the United States in 1996 the setlist included only eleven songs. Three songs, "I Wouldn't Treat a Dog (The Way You Treated Me)", "Don't Come Around Tonight" and "The Shape of Things to Come" had been removed from the American release. The American release was also reviewed by critics as a 'mid-'90s R&B/pop phenomenon' due to the removal of these three rock songs and also due to five songs remixed to evoke a contemporary R&B feel. The new versions of those songs: "Not Enough Love in the World", "Paradise Is Here", "Angels Running", "What About the Moonlight" and "One by One" were labeled as album versions in the United States. Their new sound carried R&B influences, while their original versions were influenced by Southern rock and blues.

It has sold over 6 million copies world-wide.


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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.[1]

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".


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"All I Really Want to Do" is a song written by Bob Dylan and featured on his Tom Wilson-produced 1964 album, Another Side of Bob Dylan (see 1964 in music).[2][3] It is arguably one of the most popular songs that Dylan wrote in the period immediately after he abandoned topical songwriting.[4] Within a year of its release on Another Side of Bob Dylan, the song had also become one of Dylan's most familiar songs to pop and rock audiences, due to hit cover versions by Cher and The Byrds.[4]

"All I Really Want to Do" was Cher's debut single. Released in May 1965, it reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #9 in the United Kingdom charts.[5][6][7] Cher's recording of the song also charted in several other countries during 1965. Cher's version was involved in a chart battle with The Byrds' recording of "All I Really Want to Do" when both versions entered the Billboard Hot 100 during the same week.[8]


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First Lady Nancy Reagan with Cher at the White House.

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  • ... 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. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Mask". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  2. ^ Williams, Paul. (2004). Bob Dylan: Performing Artist 1960-1973: The Early Years. Music Sales Ltd. p. 107. ISBN 1-844-49095-5. 
  3. ^ "Another Side of Bob Dylan". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  4. ^ a b "All I Really Want to Do - Song Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  5. ^ Cite error: The named reference allmusic2 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ "Billboard Top 40 Hits (1965)". cyList. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  7. ^ Brown, Tony. (2000). The Complete Book of the British Charts. Omnibus Press. p. 156. ISBN 0-7119-7670-8. 
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference timeless2 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
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