Date of Birth : May 20th 1946
First rose to prominence in 1965 as one half of the pop/rock duo Sonny & Cher. She also established herself as a solo recording artist, releasing 25 albums, numerous compilations and tallying 34 Billboard Top 40 entries over her career, both solo and with Sonny. These include eighteen Top 10 singles and five number one singles (four solo). Cher has had 16 top ten hits in the UK between 1965 and 2003 which includes a single recorded with Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton for Comic Relief entitled “Love Can Build a Bridge”, which made number 1, another as a duet with Meat Loaf and three more as part of the duo Sonny & Cher. Four of these 16 reached number one (two solo).
While initially perceived as the slightly awkward and less important half of the popular singing duo, Cher disguised her stage fright and nervousness with quick-witted barbs directed at her partner. She soon rose to prominence as the more outspoken, daring and provocative half of the team. With her dark, exotic looks, she became a fashion trendsetter, helping to popularize fashions such as bellbottoms, and incorporating “hippie” attire and eccentric gowns and elaborate costumes into their live shows.
Later in 1965, Cher released her debut solo album, titled All I Really Want to Do which reached number 16 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The gold-certified album contained a cover of the Bob Dylan song “All I Really Want to Do” which peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.
She won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in “Moonstruck” (1987) and continues to delight adoring fans both on-screen and on the pop music charts. Her single “Believe” was voted the best dance song of 1999.