We all know who Cher is – she’s the woman who hasn’t aged a drop in all the years since she was one of the biggest 70’s stars. Her musical career precedes her, and she’s also gone on to have appearances in hit movies such as ‘Burlesque’. Even though she’s now in her 70s and has been performing on stage for over a half century, Cher isn’t quite finished yet. Though she hasn’t had many acting roles this decade since “Burlesque” in 2010 (her only appearance in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”), Cher currently has a tour, and a residency that she’s embarked on.
Since 1965, Cher has been unstoppable, conquering the world as one of the greatest pop icons of all time. At 72-years-old, Cher has fans all around the globe, people of all ages that love her for her music, her movies and her charity work. Cher has won a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, an Academy Award, and three Golden Globe Awards, among several other honors. She has sold 100 million records worldwide to date, becoming one of the best-selling music artists in history.
Now it’s time to learn more about her life, talk about her secrets and confirm what we knew all along.
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Cher proved in her early age that showbiz is in her blood. When she was in fifth grade, she gathered a group of girls and directed and choreographed musical Oklahoma! for her class and her teacher. Cher herself acted all the male roles because she couldn’t persuade boys to participate in the musical.
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Growing up, things weren’t so easy for Cher and her mother. Often, the two moved across the country, and Georgia was forced to leave Cher in an orphanage from time to time. Those were really difficult years for both of them, but luckily life became much easier for Cher and her mom later on.
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Cher was born on May 20, 1946, as Cherilyn Sarkisian. She was born in El Centro, California, to an Armenian-American father, John, who was a truck driver, and an Irish-English-German-Cherokee mother, Georgia Holt (born Jackie Jean Crouch) who is a former model and actress. Later in life, Cher was adopted by Gilbert LaPiere whom her mother married.
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Cher always knew that she wants to make it in the entertainment world. She admitted that during her school years she was always daydreaming, thinking about becoming famous rather than focus on studying, but despite the fact that she wasn’t an excellent student, she was intelligent and creative and excelling in French and English classes.
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Like most of the girls at that time, when she was young, Cher loved movies and movie stars. She particularly loved the iconic Audrey Hepburn, and after watching Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961, Cher decided that she wants to be an actress.
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Despite the fact that she was intelligent and creative, according to her teachers, Cher focused more on her dreams of becoming famous than studying. The reason why she actually didn’t focus more on school work is that she suffered from dyslexia. She was diagnosed when she was 30 years old, and she admitted that she was rather disappointed with her teachers for not recognizing this condition and helped her.
When Cher was only 16 years old, she had a brief fling with Warren Beatty, who was 25 years old at the time. It was a short relationship which ended partially because of a car accident they’ve been to. They were ok, but Cher reported that she is glad that the accident happened because she was able to learn from it.
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Cher has a charity foundation and she’s very serious about her charity work. In 2010, she auctioned her belongings from her home in Malibu. The auction included her furniture, paintings, jewelry, decorative objects, dresses and much more. Her bed was sold for $80,000, and one of her necklaces for an astonishing $90,000. She raised $3.5 million from that auction.
Advocate for Minorities
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Throughout the years, Cher has been a true fighter for women rights, for the black community and all minorities in the US. She knows she has a voice that can be heard, so she uses her right to speak up and advocate for people in need.
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The Cher Charitable Foundation supports many philanthropy projects including Children’s Craniofacial Association, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, support of health research and patient’s quality of life, anti-poverty initiatives, veteran rights and many more. Cher is also a donor, fundraiser and spokesperson for numerous issues such as AIDS, Craniofacial disease, poverty etc. In 2015, Cher received the amfAR Award of Inspiration for “her willingness and ability to use her fame for the greater good”.
Her Own Biggest Critic
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The success that Cher accomplished throughout her career is a result of talent, luck, and above all the ability to push herself further and further. In 2016 she said in an interview that she was never satisfied with anything she did, and that she actually never was ‘in love’ with Cher. Being her own biggest critic, she pushed herself more and more and became an icon she is today.
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How does Cher look so good in her 70s? It’s not plastic surgery, she says, but the fact that she works out regularly, and has a special diet. She even said once that she can a do a 5-minute plank!
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Cher admitted that she wasn’t satisfied with her looks, so she had a nose job, breast augmentation and a facelift.
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In 2014, Cher was forced to cancel some dates from her Dressed to Kill tour due to illness. She was diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus in the ’80s, a disease that has no cure, meaning she will have to fight it for the rest of her life. The symptoms can be debilitating for the sufferer at any point which actually happened on that tour.
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Cher starred in numerous movies such as Witches of Eastwick, Suspect, Moonstruck which got her an Oscar for Best Actress, Mermaids, etc. This past decade she didn’t stop as well. Since her big movie come back in Burlesque in 2010 she appered in Zookeeper in 2011 and can be seen now in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
Big Brodway Show
In 2018 a musical about Cher’s life called The Cher Show can be seen on Broadway. The all-singing, all-dancing show features songs about her life and career. From her past and beginnings with Sonny, through movies, awards, and family life.