Cher

Singer & Oscar Winning Actress
Born in El Centro, California, Cher rose to stardom as part of a singing act with Sonny Bono in the 1960s, hitting No. 1 with the single 'I Got You Babe.Ó The couple later starred on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. Cher established a solo career of her own as well, having chart-toppers including 'Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,Ó 'Half-BreedÓ and 'Dark Lady.Ó Cher then pursued acting in the 1980s, starring in films like Silkwood and Mask and earning an Academy Award for her performance in Moonstruck. Cher found more music success with rock-oriented tracks in the Õ80s and a global dance hit, 'Believe,Ó in the late Õ90s. From 2008 to 2011, she performed a concert series entitled Cher at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Cher released Closer to the Truth, her first studio album in 12 years, in 2013, which offered fans more dance hits.Cher appeared on Broadway in the play Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean in 1982, and reprised the role of Sissy in its film adaptation. Cher continued to earn the respect of critics and fans alike by turning in a number of strong big-screen performances, taking on the role of Meryl StreepÕs lesbian roommate Dolly Pelliker in the 1983 drama Silkwood. Cher earned a supporting actress Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe for the role.Then in 1985 Cher starred in the Peter Bogdanovich film Mask as the defiant, emotionally struggling mother of a son with craniodiaphyseal dyaplasia, which radically alters the shape of his face. 1987 was a major year for Cher which saw her starring in three films: the thriller Suspect (with Dennis Quaid), the mischievous supernatural romp The Witches of Eastwick (with Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jack Nicholson) and the textured romantic comedy Moonstruck, which also starred Olympia Dukakis and Vincent Gardenia. Cher portrayed Loretta Castorini, an Italian New Yorker who reclaims her sensuality and goes against convention when pursued by the passionate brother (Nicolas Cage) of her fianc_ (Danny Aiello). For a widely acclaimed performance in what has become a movie classic, Cher won her first Oscar for best actress.Even with the acting accolades, Cher returned to the music business. During the same year of the release of Moonstruck, she released a self-titled album, which featured the pop/rock top 10 comeback 'I Found Someone,Ó an emotional testimonial to new love. More power rock followed with the 1989 album Heart of Stone, which offered two more top 10 hitsÑ'If I Could Turn Back TimeÓ and 'Just Like Jesse James.Ó By the end of the Ô80s, Cher continued her screen work, as seen with the drama/comedy Mermaids (1990), co-starring Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci, the HBO film If These Walls Could Talk (1996) and the historical comedy/drama Tea With Mussolini, co-starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Lily Tomlin. She later starred with popster Christina Aguilera in 2010Õs.While the Ô80s and early Ô90s saw Cher showing off her rock tracks, she scored another top 40 hit with her mainstream pop cover of 'The Shoop Shoop Song (ItÕs in His Kiss),Ó off the soundtrack for Mermaids. And the singer once again made her presence known in the clubs as seen with her single 'One by One,Ó off the 1996 album ItÕs a ManÕs World. The 1998 album Believe placed the singer firmly in dance/electronica territory, with the up-tempo title track becoming a huge global hit and selling millions of copies. 'BelieveÓ also inspired an enduring trend of music producers relying on vocoders and earned a Grammy for best dance recording, with the empowerment anthem 'Strong EnoughÓ reigning on the dance charts as well. In 1998 the singer/actress published her memoir The First Time, as told through a series of short essays. Cher, her mother and her sister were also featured in the 2013 Lifetime documentary 'Dear Mom, Love Cher,Ó which goes into their family history. Cher released her next studio album, Living Proof, in the United States in 2002, with the set having been released in Europe the previous year. The album featured the single '(This Is) A Song for the Lonely,Ó which did well on the dance charts and was written to honour those affected by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Other tracks on the album included 'Alive AgainÓ and 'A Different Kind of Love Song.Ó Following Living ProofÕs release, Cher said 'so longÓ to performing live with a 325-date tour, which ran from 2002 to 2005. In 2003, NBC aired one of CherÕs live performances as Cher: The Farewell Tour. The program was nominated for six 2003 Emmy Awards and won three, for outstanding variety, music or comedy special; outstanding camerawork, video for a miniseries, movie or a special; and outstanding costumes for a variety or music program. In 2006, Cher auctioned off furniture, paintings and decorative objects from her home in Malibu, California, as well as a number of personal items, including memorabilia, jewellery and stage costumes. The auction brought in $3.5 million, with a portion of proceeds going to the Cher Charitable Foundation.Two years later, Cher returned to the stage, despite previously announcing plans to retire from live performances. She debuted a show entitled Cher at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on May 6, 2008, and had performed 192 shows by the end of the series, in February 2011. Cher released her first album in 12 years in September 2013. As she explained to Reuters, Closer to the Truth is 'my best effort ever, so IÕm happy with that.Ó She enjoyed more dance chart success with album singles 'WomanÕs World,Ó 'Take It Like a ManÓ and 'I Walk Alone.Ó Cher returned to touring in March 2014 to promote Closer, but had to cancel dates due to a kidney infection.