Born on May 20, 1946, in El Centro, California, Cher rose to stardom as part of a singing act with husband Sonny Bono in the 1960s. Cher pursued acting in the 1980s, earning an Academy Award for her performance in Moonstruck. From 2008 to 2011, Cher performed a concert series entitledCher at the Colosseumat Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
They also had their own television series, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, from 1971 to 1974. After the couple divorced in 1975, Cher went out on her own.
She continued to sing, recording several solo albums and reaching the top of the charts with songs like “Half Breed” and “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.” In the 1980s, Cher pursued an acting career.
She appeared on Broadway in Come Back to the Five and Dime,Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean in 1982, and reprised the role of Sissy in the film adaptation of the play.
She continued to earn the respect of movie critics and fans alike thereafter by turning in a number of strong film performances, including in Silkwood (1983), Mask (1985) and Moonstruck (1987).
In May 1986, Cher made her first guest appearance on the Late Night with David Letterman show. In 1987, she returned to the show with Sonny to sing “I Got You Babe” for the first time in ten years.
In 1987, Cher signed with Geffen Records and revived her musical career with what DMA magazine describes as “her most impressive string of hits to date”, establishing her as a “serious rock and roller a crown that she’d worked long and hard to capture”.
Michael Bolton, Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child, and Richie Sambora produced her first Geffen album, the RIAA-certified platinum Cher.It features the rock ballad “I Found Someone”, her first top-ten hit in more than eight years.
Cher has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, among several other honours.
Her other ventures have included fashion designing, managing the film production company Isis, writing books, and supporting charitable foundations.
Being one of the best-selling music artists of all time, she has sold more than 100 million solo albums and over 40 million records as Sonny & Cher worldwide.
In June 2002, Cher embarked on the Living Proof: The Farewell Tour, announced as the final live concert tour of her career, although she vowed to continue making records and films.
The show highlighted her successes in music, television, and film, featuring video clips from the 1960s onwards and an elaborate backdrop and stage set-up. A collection of live tracks taken from the tour was released in 2003 as the album Live! The Farewell Tour.
The NBC special Cher – The Farewell Tour (2003) attracted 17 million viewers. In June 2012, Cher revealed that a Broadway musical based on her life and music was currently in development.
She said that she may play herself in the show. She is also the founder of the Cher Charitable Foundation, which supports numerous causes.