CHER is undoubtedly a pop legend, having sung some of the bestselling singles of all time since she first rose to fame in the 60s.
But what are the singer's biggest songs, and what is her net worth? Here's all you need to know about the star ahead of tomorrow's (April 22) U.S. premiere of Cher & The Loneliest Elephant…
Who is Cher?
Cher was born Cherilyn Sarkisian in 1946 to an Armenian-American father, John, and model and actress mum Georgia Holt.
After her parents divorced, Cher moved to California with her mum, who was playing small roles in TV shows.
Cher's mother also managed to land the star some small roles, but Cher never thought she would be famous.
She later said: "I couldn't think of anything that I could do … I didn't think I'd be a singer or dancer. I just thought, well, I'll be famous. That was my goal."
The 74-year-old shot to fame as one-half of the folk-rock husband-wife duo Sonny & Cher before she established herself as a solo artist.
She is one of the world's most successful recording artists, an icon of 1980s and 1990s pop-rock music, and her songs have hit no. 1 in over 20 countries.
Among Cher's huge list of honours, she has won a Grammy, an Emmy and three Golden Globes.
An acclaimed actress, she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for 1984 film Silkwood, then in 1988 won Best Actress for her main role in Moonstruck.
Her song Believe became the highest-selling single of all time by a female artist in the UK and pioneered the use of Auto-Tune.
Does Cher have children?
Cher has two children from two separate relationships. Cher had Chastity Bono (now known as Chaz Bono), with Sonny Bono in 1969.
Seven years later Cher had a son, Elijah Blue, with Gregg Allman. Elijah is now is the singer and guitarist for the rock band Deadsy.
In December 2020 Cher told CNN she found "very difficult" to accept her son Chaz Bono coming out as trans.
The pop icon, 74, confessed that Chaz's transition from female to male between 2008 and 2010 "wasn't easy" at first.
"It was very unlike me to, in the beginning, have a problem with Chaz being gay, and it disappeared like that," she told CNN.
“Then we talked about [whether Chaz was] transgender for many years and [he] would say, ‘No, I don’t want to [transition]'. And then he went and said, ‘OK, I want to do this.’”
Cher – who saved the "world's loneliest elephant" in November 2020 recalled: "But it wasn't easy. I remember calling, and the old [voicemail] message was on the phone, and that was very difficult.
"But you don't really lose them. They just are in a different shape.”
What is Cher's net worth?
As one of the highest selling recording artists of all time, and as an Oscar winning actress, it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that Cher is very well-off.
Her net worth has been estimated at $360 million, equivalent to just over £266 million.
She is believed to earn roughly $28 million a year, and her impressive property portfolio has included a Malibu mansion which she sold for $45 million in 2014.
What are Cher's hit songs?
In a career spanning over half-a-century, Cher has sold over 100 million records worldwide, en-route to becoming one of the bestselling artists of all time.
However, the pop diva has claimed she actually HATES a lot of her best-known music. She revealed: "I’m not a Cher fan.
"I just don’t think my aesthetic taste lies in that direction."
Cher said she wanted to make songs like Joni Mitchell but since the 1970s had been given ones she didn’t like.
She branded 1998 smash Believe — No 1 in 23 countries — "a nightmare" and said she stormed out of the recording studio.
But the singer reckons 1989's If I Could Turn Back Time was "OK", adding: "By that time, I figured out I wasn’t going to be the Eagles."
Her most famous songs include:
- I Got You Babe w/Sonny (1965)
- Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) (1966)
- The Beat Goes On w/Sonny (1967)
- Gypsies Tramps & Thieves (1971)
- Half-Breed (1973)
- If I Could Turn Back Time (1989)
- Just Like Jesse James (1989)
- The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) (1991)
- Believe (1998)
Who's her ex-husband Sonny?
Cher married singer-songwriter Sonny Bono in 1964 after first meeting him when she was 16 and he was eleven years her senior.
The two formed their own musical duo and scored a number-one-hit with their single, I Got You Babe.
The couple's only child, Chaz, was born in 1969 but rock's 'It couple' divorced six years later in 1975.
After the end of his entertainment career, Sonny entered the world of politics and became Mayor of Palm Springs, California, from 1988 to 1992.
He died in 1998 after sustaining fatal injuries from a skiing accident on the Nevada side of Heavenly Ski Resort.
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