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.” Cher also established a solo career of her own, having chart-toppers including “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “Half-Breed” and “Dark Lady.” She went on to pursue an acting career in the 1980s, starring in films such as Silkwood and Mask and earning an Academy Award for her performance in Moonstruck. Cher found further music success with rock-oriented tracks in the ’80s and a global dance hit, “Believe,” in the late ’90s. 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, offering fans yet more dance hits.
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. For a widely acclaimed performance in what has become a movie classic, Cher won her first Oscar for best actress.
Cher was a Counsellor at One Young World 2016 in Ottawa.