Cher is turning 65 today (May 20th). Over the past 50 years, Cher has managed to reinvent her persona many times, from the delicate singer's duets with Sonny Bono to the powerful dramatic actress to the glossy songstress we probably all know and love.
Today we present you some interesting facts about Cher:
* Cher used the help of famed psychic James Van Praagh in communicating with Sonny Bono after he passed away.
* Cher didn't speak to her daughter Chastity for a week after finding out that she was a lesbian. After she 'cooled off' she not only embraced Chastity's lifestyle, but has become one of GLAAD's biggest supporters.
* In the mid 1990's, Cher ran a mail order company that primarily featured home accessories. The name of the company was Sanctuary.
* Cher had hoped to win the part of Morticia in the movie The Addams Family, however the part went to Anjelica Huston instead.
* Cher had her last name legally removed in court.
* Cher suffers from a fear of flying.
* Cher has short hair but is usually seen wearing a long haired wig in public.
* Cher won the 1987 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role of Loretta Castorini in Moonstruck.
And here's a quote from Cher: " I really don't think of myself as a singer. I think of myself as an entertainer, and the best place I do it is onstage."
Happy 65th birthday, Cher!
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Cher (birth name: Cherilyn Sarkissian LaPiere Bono Allman; born May 20, 1946, El Centro, California) - An American pop singer, songwriter, actress, director and music producer. She is one of the few people with Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and 3 "Golden Globe" awards received for her work in film, music and the television industry.
Cher started her career when she was 17 years of age. She tasted success first in 1965, when she recorded the song "I Got You Babe" for the duo with Sonny Bono from "Sonny & Cher". Subsequently, Cher established herself as a solo artist and also became the host of the popular American television variety show "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour", for which she received a Golden Globe award. The film "Silkwood" (1984), which was well received by the critics, earned her a nomination for an Oscar in the "Best Supporting Actress" category. In subsequent years, Cher starred in a series of successful films: The "Mask" brought her the "Palme d'Or" at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985 and she won an "Oscar" award for "Best Actress" for her role in "Moonstruck". At the same time, the films "The Witches of Eastwick" and "Mermaids" were also made with her in the star cast.
During her career, which has spanned nearly 50 years, Cher has consistently maintained the pop-culture icon status and one of the musicians with the highest number of records sold in the history of the music industry. After a 3-year hiatus, Cher returned to the stage in 2008 at Caesars Palace, where she performed with her show "Cher At The Colosseum" on February 5, 2011.
Cherilyn Sarkissian was born in El Centro, California, USA on May 20, 1946. Her mother, Georgia Holt, was an actress and her father, a native of Armenia, John (Karapet) Sarkisian, worked as a truck driver. Her parents divorced when Cher was born and she saw her father for the first time after eleven years. From an early age, Cher wanted to be a famous actress and as a child, worked on her signature for autographs. At the age of sixteen, Cher went to Los Angeles.
In 1969, Cher gave birth to a daughter, who is named after the film during which Cher got pregnant - Chastity. Chastity Bono, who in 2010 turned 41 years old, officially changed her sex and is now called Chaz Bono.
Solo and acting career:
After her divorce from Sonny, Cher married Greg Allman, a musician and member of the blues group "The Allman Brothers". In 1976, Greg and Cher has a son called "Elijah Blue Allman" and the duo released a new album in 1977. In 1979, the singer legally changed her name to "Cher".
In 1987, Cher starred in three films: "Suspect", "The Witches of Eastwick" and "Moonstruck". Cher won an Oscar award for the role in "Moonstruck" in the "Best Actress" category.
In 1987, Cher signed a contract with Geffen Records. Diane Warren, Michael Bolton and Bon Jovi participated in the recording of the new album. In 1989, the video for the popular song "If I Could Turn Back Time" was banned on MTV because of the explicit attire Cher was wearing. In 1992, Cher was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. In 1994, Cher, along with other artists, took part in the recording of the album "The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience". In 1996, Cher tried her hand at directing the film "If These Walls Could Talk" and also played a cameo role in it, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. In January 1998, the Congressman and former husband of Cher, Sonny Bono died downhill skiing in California. He was 62. However, according to Cher, she still continues to communicate with him through her psychic and James Van Praagh a medium.
In 2010, after a long hiatus, Cher reappeared on the big screen in the musical "Burlesque". The song "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me", performed by her, was awarded a Golden Globe, although the actress was nominated for the "Golden Raspberry Award" for the role.
Albums "Believe" and "The Farewell Tour":
In 1998, Cher released the album "Believe". The harmonious song of Believe became an international hit and added a "Grammy award" for "Best Dance Recording" to the collection of the 52 year old singer. Particularly, from this time onwards, Cher has become a gay icon and at the end of 1998, the book "The First Time" by Cher was released in which she talks about the difficult lives of megastars. In January 1999, before a huge television audience, Cher sang the national anthem during the final U.S. Super Bowl football match. From 2002 to 2005, Cher has performed at 325 concerts in more than 20 countries for "The Farewell Tour".
In February 2008, Cher signed a contract for performing in concerts in Las Vegas, where she performed on February 5, 2011.
Cher is the only singer whose songs topped the top ten "Billboard Hot 100" for five decades in a row (since 1960 to 2010). The single "Believe" is her most successful record as well as the best saleable single of 1999 (in 1999, more than 10 million records were sold). The singer holds the record for the longest stay in the top of the U.S. singles chart: for 33 years, her songs topped the American singles chart, starting from 1965 till 1998. Cher's farewell tour "Living Proof: The (Never Can Say GoodBye) Farewell Tour", which lasted for 3 years and ended in 2005, was considered to be the most successful tour by a female singer of that time.