Cher (stage name) also known as Cherilyn Sarkisian is an American singer and actress. Commonly referred to by the media as the Goddess of Pop, she is 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 was born on May 20, 1946, in El Centro, California, the U.S. Currently she is 73 years old.
Cher stand s at a height of 1.74 m.
Cher dated Sonny Bonno where they married after she gave birth on March 4, 1969, to Chaz Bono. They later had marital problems in late 1972 and later they divorced where it was finalized on June 26, 1975. Four days after finalizing her divorce from Sonny, Cher married rock musician Gregg Allman, co-founder of The Allman Brothers Band. She filed for divorce nine days later because of his heroin and liquor problems, but they reconciled within a month. They had one son, Elijah Blue, on July 10, 1976.
She has two children namely Chaz Bono who was born on March 4, 1969, and Elijah Blue born on July 10, 1976.
Cher’s father, John Sarkisian, was an Armenian-American truck driver with drug and gambling problems. Her mother, Georgia Holt (born Jackie Jean Crouch), was an occasional model and bit-part actress who claimed Irish, English, German, and Cherokee ancestry.
Cher’s father was rarely home when she was an infant, and her parents divorced when Cher was ten months old. Her mother later married actor John Southall, with whom she had another daughter, Georganne, Cher’s half-sister.
She was enrolled at Montclair College Preparatory School, a private school in Encino, whose students were mostly from affluent families. At the age of 17, she dropped out of school and left her mother’s house.
Cher Music Career
For the latter part of the 1960s, following her initial solo success, Cher balanced solo hits like “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” with her Sonny and Cher successes “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On.” However, by the end of the decade, the commercial fortunes of the duo and Cher as a solo artist both faded.
In 1971, Cher launched the first of her many comebacks. The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour debuted on TV in August 1971, and Cher followed it with her first #1 pop hit single “Gypsys (sic), Tramps & Thieves.” In the course of three years, she released four top 10 pop hits, and three of them went all the way to #1.
After another fade in popularity with rock music experiments in the late 1970s, Cher jumped on the disco bandwagon and returned to the top 10 with “Take Me Home.” Her comeback was short-lived, and her ill-fated rock group Black Rose failed to chart with their self-titled album.
Cher spent much of the early 1980s cultivating her acting career. In the latter part of the decade, she signed to Geffen Records to launch a massive third comeback. Beginning with 1987’s “I Found Someone,” Cher’s new blend of pop and rock brought her four more top 10 pop hits including 1989’s “If I Could Turn Back Time,” one of her concert favorites.
To the surprise of many, Cher had one more major music comeback up her sleeve after fading from the spotlight for most of the 1990s. The dance single “Believe” was welcomed as one of the top achievements of her career and soared all the way to #1. It was a major hit around the world and introduced the technology auto-tune to mainstream pop music. The song began a string of regular hits on Billboard’s dance chart that extended across the next 15 years.
In 2002, Cher launched a farewell concert tour. She was not retiring from recording and acting, but she was planning to retire from the grind of touring from city to city. Originally scheduled as 49 shows, the tour was extended multiple times. When it came to an end in 2005, Cher’s farewell tour encompassed 326 performances and was one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time earning $250 million. She followed it with a three-year Las Vegas residency that earned a reported $60 million a year from 2008 through 2011.
More than a decade after her first farewell tour, Cher hit the road again in 2014 on the Dressed To Kill Tour. After 49 sold-out performances, it was brought to an end due to a kidney infection. She began a new Las Vegas residency in early 2017.
Cher Film Career
Cher long wanted to be a successful film actress before she moved to New York in 1982. She took acting lessons and was hired for the Broadway production Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean. She was then offered a part in the film Silkwood, which received resounding praise from critics. For her performance in the film, Cher earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
1987 was a landmark year for Cher’s acting career. She starred in three movies including Suspect, The Witches of Eastwick, and Moonstruck. The latter was a commercial and critical smash earning Cher an Academy Award for Best Actress. She was suddenly one of the most in-demand film actresses of the 1980s earning $1 million a film.
Cher’s subsequent film success has been spotty. Her 1990 film Mermaid earned some commercial success. In 2010 she made a highly publicized return to movies in Burlesque. Her song from the movie, “You Haven’ Seen the Last Of Me,” was a #1 dance hit single.
Cher in Mamma Mia!
While casting 2008’s Mamma Mia!, Craymer and director Phyllida Lloyd considered Cher a perfect candidate to play Tanya, the most lustful member of Donna and the Dynamos—the role that ultimately went to two-time Tony winner Christine Baranski.
The casting would have made sense for Cher; Tanya looks fab in glittery bell-bottoms, gets the best lines (in the sequel, eyeing a handsome prospective paramour, she purrs, “Be still my beating vagina”), and performs a raunchily choreographed “Does Your Mother Know” in the original, with dozens of swimsuit-clad men decades younger than her.
While Craymer and Lloyd had high hopes, “Cher didn’t,” laughed Craymer, before explaining why she likely passed on the role. “I think she felt that the Tanya character was probably too close to her.” (The performer is very much a fan of Baranski’s interpretation of the character.) Cher definitely displayed some shades of Tanya while filming Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, though—for example (spoiler alert!), hand-selecting Andy Garcia to play her love interest.
“He was very much on our list already, but she was thrilled it was Andy. They were amazing together, had amazing chemistry. I think her moment at the end of ‘Fernando’ is so empowering,” Craymer said, referring to Cher and Garcia’s big number. “I think that the whole song is so optimistic to women everywhere—that love can suddenly be found again.”
“The stars were aligned,” Craymer said of Cher’s ultimate casting. “She could see the fun in that role. . . . The fact that she’s playing Meryl Streep’s mother, which she and Meryl found hilarious. I think it tops anything that you could possibly dream of because these are great actresses with great self-confidence in who they are and what they are.”
Referring to the three-year age gap between Streep and Cher, Craymer said, “There was no sense of, ‘Well I’m not playing someone’s mother.’ They just kind of embraced it. We wanted a superstar to sing ‘Fernando.’ . . . It’s musical-theater cinema heaven, really.”
As for who inspired Ruby’s major look, Craymer revealed, “We figured that Donna’s mother was a singer herself, and probably someone who hung out very much at Studio 54 in the day. The idea of the white pantsuit kind of came from Bianca Jagger. The hair and makeup came from Carmen Dell’Orefice”—the striking, platinum-haired model photographed by Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, who worked well into her eighties. “All of that began to make Cher Ruby Sheridan.”
Craymer also explained how the sequel’s extraordinary credits sequence came together—a Mamma Mia feast for the senses in which Streep wears white fur and dances with her younger self (played by Lily James); Cher does Cher; and Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, and Stellan Skarsgård wear spandex and work some 70s choreography to “Super Trouper.”
“We didn’t know what was going to be the finale until we were kind of halfway through the shoot,” explained Craymer. “Ol Parker, the director, and I had constant discussions about it. What would the song be? Would Meryl and Cher take part in it? Because we didn’t know at that point.
I think the idea of working ‘Super Trouper’ to be so inclusive of everyone—showing the younger selves, the older selves—they could see how important it was to the story. And of course, it was a fantastic bonding moment on set. I think Cher even extended her stay a bit longer because she wanted to be in it.”
As for the costumes: “I had actually conspired with Michele Clapton, our wonderful costumes designer, many weeks before. We didn’t know what the number would be, so I said, ‘Whatever it is, start making them, Michele.’ We wanted the men in spandex. We knew there would be platform boots and lots of sparkles. So with that brief—and the fact that everything had to be a big nod and wink to ABBA—she went off.”
Of course, Cher, being Cher, already had the perfect over-the-top ensemble for the fantasy sequence in her own closet—a silver bomber jacket and a pair of pants that the costume department sewed stars and flowers onto. “Cher’s genius at costume and fashion herself,” explained Craymer. “She knows what she likes and what will work.”
Even from her earliest days as a folk-rock singer, Cher has never been one to shy away from bold, statement-making outfits. Throughout the years, she’s continued to push the envelope with feathers, sequins, midriff-baring tops, and other eye-catching looks. In honor of her 72nd birthday, here’s a look back at some of her all-time best outfits.
Cher looked to designer Bob Mackie who became her lifelong friend and personal designer, attributing a sequin coated signature to the superstar. Today, Cher’s iconic costumes are considered to be an essential piece of her entertainment, proving the best artists have a look to match.
Celebrating her 73rd birthday, CR charts this diva’s over-the-top fashion moments throughout history (and there are quite a few of them). In fact, Mackie was recently nominated for a Tony award for Best Costume Design of a Musical for his work in the new Cher-inspired Broadway hit, The Cher Show
For nearly half a century Cher has not only been dazzling us with her talent and creativity, but also her exceptional style. Often elaborate and risk-taking in nature, Cher’s beaded, feathered, and sequined outfits have continued to make statements even decades later.
They have also been a precious source of inspiration for a younger generation of modern-day celebrities who continue to reference her looks whether walking the red carpet or performing on screen.
Cher wowed the world with her 1974 Met Gala look, dubbed the “Naked Dress”, created by none other than Bob Mackie whom she also walked the red carpet with. Cher went on to wear Mackie’s creation on the cover of TIME magazine in 1975 as well, immortalizing the distinct design.
Over 4 decades later a rendition of this dress was worn by Kim Kardashian at the 2015 Met Gala — Kardashian was inspired by Cher’s memorable mid-70s look and worked with Peter Dundas at Roberto Cavalli to create their own version of it.
Dressed in a sequined gold two-piece, Cher made her Oscars debut alongside Sonny Bono in 1973 to present the ‘Best Song Original for Picture’ award to the composers of the disaster film The Poseidon Adventure
Cher’s midriff-bearing Awards look continues to resonate with young Hollywood even years later (hint: Kim Kardashian recreated the look for Halloween in 2017).
At the Rock Music Awards in 1975, Cher wore a sequined ensemble with a barely-there bodice to present fellow musician, Elton John, with an award for ‘Rock Personality of the Year’. If Cher’s outfit looks particularly familiar it is because Emily Ratajkowski wore a similar piece designed by Peter Dundas to this year’s Met Gala.
Cher was photographed in 1978 by Los Angeles-based photographer, Harry Langdon, in a Mackie costume known as the “Dancing Flames” dress. The design was later worn by not only one but four other superstars — Tina Turner, RuPaul, Beyonce, and Lynda Carter.
For the 58th Academy Awards in 1986, Cher presented the award for Best Supporting Actor wearing a sequined and feathered Mackie ensemble complete with towering headdress. The choice was exceptionally daring as it was a stark contrast to the simple gowns that were usually seen at award shows during that time.
Providing inspiration for years after it was worn, the outfit also opened the door for more fearless red carpet fashion, allowing people to feel that they, too, could be unapologetically themselves.
Cher has been celebrated for representing female independence in male-dominated industries. Her choices to perform hard rock music, embrace disco, and wear outlandish outfits are all her own. As the oldest woman to hit #1 on the pop chart when she was 52. Cher also proved that entertainment industry boundaries can be flexible.
She continually re-invented her image to follow trends and remain in the spotlight even when commercial success was elusive. In the 1980s she proved her versatility as an entertainer by winning an Academy Award for acting. The New York Times dubbed her the “Queen of the Comeback.”
Also, she’s considered to be an icon of the gay community. She is celebrated by gay men for her sense of style and her durability in the entertainment spotlight. Cher is frequently the subject of imitation by drag queens. Also, she embraced the LGBT community when her oldest child came out as gay and later transitioned from female to male as Chaz Bono.
- All I Really Want to Do (1965)
- The Sonny Side of Chér (1966)
- Chér (1966)
- With Love, Chér (1967)
- Backstage (1968)
- 3614 Jackson Highway (1969)
- Chér (reissued as Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves, 1971)
- Foxy Lady (1972)
- Bittersweet White Light (1973)
- Half-Breed (1973)
- Dark Lady (1974)
- Stars (1975)
- I’d Rather Believe in You (1976)
- Cherished (1977)
- Take Me Home (1979)
- Prisoner (1979)
- I Paralyze (1982)
- Cher (1987)
- Heart of Stone (1989)
- Love Hurts (1991)
- It’s a Man’s World (1995)
- Believe (1998)
- Not.com.mercial (2000)
- Living Proof (2001)
- Closer to the Truth (2013)
- Dancing Queen (2018)
- Collaborative albums
- Two the Hard Way (with Gregg Allman) as Allman and Woman (1977)
- Black Rose as Black Rose (1980)
- Cher in Concert (1979–1982)
- Heart of Stone Tour (1989–1990)
- Love Hurts Tour (1992)
- Do You Believe? (1999–2000)
- Living Proof: The Farewell Tour (2002–2005)
- Dressed to Kill Tour (2014)
- Here We Go Again Tour (2018–2019)
- A Celebration at Caesars Palace (1979–1982)
- Cher (2008–2011)
- Classic Cher (2017–2019)
Cher coming to Pensacola Tour
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LOS ANGELES – Cher has extended her “Here We Go Again Tour,” announcing additional dates in 2020 including Pensacola. On the North American run alone Cher has already sold 540,000 tickets. Nile Rodgers & CHIC will continue as the special guest for the North American outing. Produced by Live Nation, the newly announced dates kick off March 6 in El Paso and will visit cities including Memphis, Miami, Kansas City before wrapping in Sacramento.
- Cher will appear March 22 at the Pensacola Bay Center.
- Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 8.
- Prices are $76 and up; additional fees may apply.
- Get tickets at the Pensacola Bay Center box office or Ticketmaster.com.
In addition, Cher will perform Nov. 25 on the season finale of ABC’s hit show, “Dancing With The Stars.” Cher also has just released a new fragrance, Eau de Couture ,which she has been working on for the last four years. It is available exclusively on ScentBeauty.com.
“I made it for people who love perfume, want to smell good who feel that it’s part of who they are, ” Cher said.
“The Here We Go Again Tour” began September 2018 in conjunction with the release of her Warner Bros. “Dancing Queen” album which landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Charts.
Cher recently performed in Europe for the first time in 15 years and received many standing ovations nightly and several five star reviews. The Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe, Billboard Icon Award recipient and Kennedy Center Honoree shows no signs of slowing down.
- Good Times (1967)
- Chastity (1969)
- Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
- Silkwood (1983)
- Mask (1985)
- Suspect (1987)
- The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
- Moonstruck (1987)
- Mermaids (1990)
- The Player (1992)
- Prêt-à-Porter (1994)
- Faithful (1996)
- If These Walls Could Talk (1996)
- Tea with Mussolini (1999)
- Stuck on You (2003)
- Burlesque (2010)
- Zookeeper (2011)
- Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
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