Cher


Actress, Singer
Cher

About

Also Known As
Cheryl Sarkisian, Cher Bono, Bonnie Jo Mason, Cherilyn La Piere
Birth Place
El Centro, California, USA
Born
May 20, 1946

Biography

Cher is an Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award-winning actress and singer. She first garnered attention as one half of the folk-pop duo Sonny & Cher. Their first single - 1965's "I Got You Babe, " rocketed to number one on the Billboard charts. She had later success as a solo artist in the 1980s and 1990s with pop hits like "If I Could Turn Back Time," "After All, and "Believ...

Family & Companions

Warren Beatty
Companion
Actor, director, producer. Had relationship with Beatty when she was a teenager.
Sonny Bono
Husband
Singer, actor, restaurateur, politician. Born on February 16, 1935; married on October 27, 1964; divorced in 1975; elected mayor of Palm Springs CA in 1988; elected a representative to the US Congress in 1994; died in a skiing accident on January 5, 1998.
Greg Allman
Husband
Musician, singer. Married in June 1975; separated after nine days; reconciled and later divorced c. 1977; member of the Allman Brothers.
Les Dudek
Companion
Musician. Worked together in the hard-rock band Black Rose.

Bibliography

"The First Time"
Cher, Simon & Schuster (1998)
"Forever Fit: The Lifetime Plan for Health, Fitness, and Beauty"
Robert Haas, Bantam Books (1991)
"Totally Uninhibited: The Life and Wild Times of Cher"
Lawrence J Quirk, William Morrow (1991)

Notes

Among the industry women named after Cher are actress Cher Bennett, make-up artist Cher Slater, publicist Cher Patric Cox, set dresser Cher Lafreniere, stuntwoman Cher Meier, production designer Cher Ledwith, production assistant Cher Jung and the fictional heroine of "Clueless".

"I'm insecure about everything, because ... I'm never going to look in the mirror and see this blond, blue-eyed girl. That is my idea of what I'd like to look like." --Cher quoted in Cosmopolitan, November 1990.

Biography

Cher is an Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award-winning actress and singer. She first garnered attention as one half of the folk-pop duo Sonny & Cher. Their first single - 1965's "I Got You Babe, " rocketed to number one on the Billboard charts. She had later success as a solo artist in the 1980s and 1990s with pop hits like "If I Could Turn Back Time," "After All, and "Believe." Beginning in the 1980s, she segued into dramatic acting with success in films like "Silkwood" (1983), "Mask" (1985), and "Mermaids" (1990). Her performance in "Moonstruck" (1987) won her a Best Actress Oscar. She made her directing debut with a segment of the 1996 HBO abortion-themed anthology, "If These Walls Could Talk." In 2008, she inked a deal with Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas to perform 200 live shows during the following three years, alternating nights with Bette Midler and Elton John. After another two-year performance residency from 2017-2018 in both Las Vegas and Washington state, she made her first screen appearance in eight years in 2018, when he played Meryl Streep's mother in "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again." Her 26th studio album, "Dancing Queen," a collection of ABBA covers, was released in September, 2018.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (2018)
Zookeeper (2011)
Voice
Burlesque (2010)
The Wrecking Crew (2008)
Herself
Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003)
Herself
Stuck on You (2003)
Herself
Tea With Mussolini (1999)
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (1998)
Faithful (1995)
Ready to Wear (1994)
Herself
The Player (1992)
Herself
Mermaids (1990)
Mrs Flax
Moonstruck (1987)
Suspect (1987)
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
Alexandra Medford
Mask (1985)
Silkwood (1983)
Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
Chastity (1969)
Chastity

Producer (Feature Film)

Flint (2017)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Deadpool 2 (2018)
Song Performer
Gifted (2017)
Song Performer
Burlesque (2010)
Song Performer
Gentlemen Broncos (2009)
Song Performer
Meet Dave (2008)
Song Performer
The Wrecking Crew (2008)
Song Performer
Be Cool (2005)
Song Performer
Soldier's Girl (2003)
Song Performer
Tea With Mussolini (1999)
Song Performer
Days of Thunder (1990)
Song Performer
Look Who's Talking Too (1990)
Song Performer
Chances Are (1989)
Song Performer ("After All (Love Theme To Chances Are)")
Buster (1988)
Song Performer
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987)
Song Performer
Foxes (1980)
Song
Foxes (1980)
Song Performer
Die Kleine Welt (1973)
Song Performer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Wrecking Crew (2008)
Other
Stuck on You (2003)
Other
Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003)
Other
Ready to Wear (1994)
Other
The Player (1992)
Other

Cast (Special)

And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
Herself
Reel Comedy: Stuck on You (2003)
Interviewee
Cher: The Farewell Tour (2003)
Hollywood Salutes Nicolas Cage: An American Cinematheque Tribute (2002)
Performer
The 2002 Billboard Music Awards (2002)
Elvis Lives (2002)
Performer
The 29th Annual American Music Awards (2002)
Rock to Erase MS (2001)
I Love Lucy -- 50th Anniversary Special (2001)
The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2000)
Presenter
The 100 Greatest Dance Songs (2000)
Super Bowl XXXIII (1999)
VH1 Divas Live '99 (1999)
The 26th Annual American Music Awards (1999)
Performer
The 18th Annual American Fashion Awards (1999)
The AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars (1999)
Cher: Live in Concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (1999)
The 1999 World Music Awards (1999)
Hollywood Animal Crusaders (1999)
Interviewee
The Brit Awards '99 (1999)
Performer
Sonny & Me: Cher Remembers (1998)
Host
The 1998 Billboard Music Awards (1998)
Performer
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998)
Performer
The X-Files Movie Special (1998)
Happy Birthday Elizabeth -- A Celebration of Life (1997)
The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Nicholson (1994)
Performer
What Is This Thing Called Love? (1993)
Tina Turner: Going Home (1993)
The Grand Opening of Euro Disney (1992)
In a New Light (1992)
Cher's Video Canteen (1991)
Host
Coca-Cola Pop Music "Backstage Pass to Summer" (1991)
1991 MTV Video Music Awards (1991)
Presenter
Cher... At the Mirage (1991)
The 1991 Billboard Music Awards (1991)
Performer
MTV's 10th Anniversary Special (1991)
Dame Edna's Hollywood (1991)
An Evening With Bette, Cher, Goldie, Meryl, Olivia, Lily and Robin (1990)
The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards (1989)
Performer
The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1989)
Performer
Comic Relief III (1989)
The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1988)
Performer
1988 MTV Video Music Awards (1988)
Performer
Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special (1988)
Superstars & Their Moms (1987)
The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1986)
Presenter
Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary (1986)
Cher -- A Celebration at Caesar's Palace (1983)
Host
Tom Snyder's Celebrity Spotlight (1980)
Cher and Other Fantasies (1979)
Host
Cher... Special (1978)
Host
The Flip Wilson Special (1975)
How to Handle a Woman (1972)
The First Nine Months Are the Hardest (1971)

Writer (Special)

Cher: The Farewell Tour (2003)
Writer

Producer (Special)

Sonny & Me: Cher Remembers (1998)
Executive Producer

Music (Special)

The 29th Annual American Music Awards (2002)
Song Performer
Super Bowl XXXIII (1999)
Song Performer ("The Star Spangled Banner")
The Brit Awards '99 (1999)
Song Performer
Cher: Live in Concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (1999)
Song Performer
The 1999 World Music Awards (1999)
Song Performer
Coca-Cola Pop Music "Backstage Pass to Summer" (1991)
Song Performer
Cher... At the Mirage (1991)
Song Performer

Special Thanks (Special)

Cher: The Farewell Tour (2003)
Writer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

If These Walls Could Talk (1996)
Dr Beth Thompson ("1996")

Music (TV Mini-Series)

If These Walls Could Talk (1996)
Song Performer

Life Events

1962

Ran away from home at age 16 and met Sonny Bono, who was working for record producer Phil Spector

1963

Worked as background vocalist for Spector recordings (of the Ronettes and the Crystals)

1964

Began performing with Bono as 'Caesar and Cleo'

1964

Recorded her first song, "Ringo, I Love You," under the pseudonym of Bonnie Jo Mason; produced by Phil Spector

1965

Changed name to 'Sonny and Cher'; reached Top Ten with the singles "Baby Don't Go" and "I Got You Babe"

1965

Made her ffilm acting debut in "Wild on the Beach"

1967

Played herself in William Friedkin's "Good Times"

1969

Debuted the Sonny and Cher nightclub act

1969

Acted the title role in "Chastity"; written by Sonny Bono

1971

Appeared on TV in "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" (CBS)

1975

Had solo TV series, "Cher" (CBS)

1976

After their divorce, re-teamed with Bono for "The Sonny and Cher Show" (CBS)

1981

Off-Broadway acting debut in "Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean"

1982

Reprised role of Cissy in movie version of "Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean"

1983

Played Meryl Streep's lesbian friend in Mike Nichols' "Silkwood"; earned first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress

1985

Formed film production company, Isis

1985

Played the mother of a severely disfigured boy (Eric Stoltz) in Peter Bogdanovich's "Mask"

1987

Won an Academy Award playing a frumpy bookkeeper in Norman Jewison's "Moonstruck"

1987

Teamed with Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer for "The Witches of Eastwick"

1987

Returned to her recording career with the album <i>Cher</i>

1989

Released the album <i>Heart of Stone</i>, with the hit single "If I Could Turn Back Time"

1990

Made her last film for six years, "Mermaids"

1991

First exercise video released, "CherFitness: A New Attitude"

1994

Collaborated with MTV's cartoon "Beavis and Butt-head" for a rock version of Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe"

1996

Returned to the big screen in the disappointing "Faithful"

1996

Made directing debut with a segment of HBO's "If These Walls Could Talk"; also starred in the segment she directed; earned a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actress

1998

Paid tribute to Bono in the CBS special "Sonny and Me: Cher Remembers"; executive produced

1998

Published her first memoir, <i>The First Time</i>

1998

Released her 23rd studio album, <i>Believe</i>; the title song became the biggest hit of Cher's entire career

1999

Returned to films in the ensemble of Franco Zeffirelli's "Tea With Mussolini"

2002

Traveled with her "Living Proof: The Farewell Tour"; aired on NBC in 2003; and later in 2003 released the album <i>Live: The Farewell Tour</i>

2003

Had a cameo apperance in the Farrelly brothers comedy "Stuck on You"

2003

Earned a Grammy nomination for the song "Love One Another"

2008

Returned to performing at Las Vegas' Caesar's Palace, in the show titled "Cher at the Colosseum"

2010

Played a club's proprietor and headliner in "Burlesque"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song - Motion Picture ("You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" from "Burlesque")

2013

Released her 25th studio album <i>Closer to the Truth</i>

2014

Collaborated with Wu-Tang Clan on <i>Once Upon a Time in Shaolin</i>

2018

Appeared in "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again"

Family

Georgia Holt
Mother
Model, actor. Born c. 1927; married six times; Cherokee; author of "Star Mothers".
John Sarkisian
Father
Truck driver. Armenian; abandoned family when Cher was a few months old; married and divorced Cher's mother twice.
John Southall
Step-Father
Married to Cher's mother in the early 1950s; father of Cher's half-sister.
Gilbert La Piere
Father
Mother's fifth husband (married in 1961); adopted Cher and her sister.
Georganne Southall
Half-Sister
Former actor. Born in September 1951; married Cher's head of security, Ed Bartylak.
Chastity Bono
Daughter
Activist, former singer. Born on March 4, 1969; father, Sonny Bono; "outed" by a tabloid in 1990; officially came out as a lesbian in 1995; wrote book "Family Outing" published in 1998 by Litle, Brown.
Elijah Blue Allman
Son
Musician. Born c. 1976; father, Greg Allman; plays with band Deadsy.

Companions

Warren Beatty
Companion
Actor, director, producer. Had relationship with Beatty when she was a teenager.
Sonny Bono
Husband
Singer, actor, restaurateur, politician. Born on February 16, 1935; married on October 27, 1964; divorced in 1975; elected mayor of Palm Springs CA in 1988; elected a representative to the US Congress in 1994; died in a skiing accident on January 5, 1998.
Greg Allman
Husband
Musician, singer. Married in June 1975; separated after nine days; reconciled and later divorced c. 1977; member of the Allman Brothers.
Les Dudek
Companion
Musician. Worked together in the hard-rock band Black Rose.
David Geffen
Companion
Executive.
Mark Hudson
Companion
Singer-songwriter.
Gene Simmons
Companion
Rock musician. Member of KISS.
David Paich
Companion
Rock musician. Member of Toto.
Val Kilmer
Companion
Actor. Dated briefly in the 1980s.
Rob Camilletti
Companion
Disc jockey. Together 1987-89.
Richie Sambora
Companion
Guitarist. Together 1989-90; member of Bon Jovi; later married actress Heather Locklear.

Bibliography

"The First Time"
Cher, Simon & Schuster (1998)
"Forever Fit: The Lifetime Plan for Health, Fitness, and Beauty"
Robert Haas, Bantam Books (1991)
"Totally Uninhibited: The Life and Wild Times of Cher"
Lawrence J Quirk, William Morrow (1991)

Notes

Among the industry women named after Cher are actress Cher Bennett, make-up artist Cher Slater, publicist Cher Patric Cox, set dresser Cher Lafreniere, stuntwoman Cher Meier, production designer Cher Ledwith, production assistant Cher Jung and the fictional heroine of "Clueless".

"I'm insecure about everything, because ... I'm never going to look in the mirror and see this blond, blue-eyed girl. That is my idea of what I'd like to look like." --Cher quoted in Cosmopolitan, November 1990.

"When we design the costumes for her, it has nothing to do with fashion. It has nothing to do with anything but the fact that we are attempting to present to the world this ... creature in her own right" --Bob Mackie, quoted in Vanity Fair, November 1990.

According to her divorce settlement with Sonny Bono, Cher is entitled to 50 percent of the royalties from all the songs they wrote together --From Vanity Fair, November 1990.

On her "Infomercial Diva" phase: "My friend Laurie [her hairdresser since 'Mask'] wanted to have a business like Vidal Sassoon. I didn't know it would be seen that often. There weren't that many infomercials then. It's like serial killers--there used to be only a few." --Cher quoted in Daily News, June 12, 1996.

"Yeah. I absolutely care about it [aging] because in our society there's a penalty for getting older. If our society embraced everybody, young and old, then you wouldn't think about it for a second. But our society embraces the young, so when you start to get old, it's like, 'Am I worthless? What's happened to me?' I still feel pretty kick-ass. I'm pretty vital. I have my truck and my motorcycle." --Cher in People, July 1, 1996.

"The other day, my son Elijah shaved his eyebrows off and dyed the front part of his hair black. I said, 'You know, Elijah, that looks ridiculous. It's so unattractive.' He looked at me and said, 'I don't want to hear this from you. Do you realize how stupid this sounds coming from you?'"My sister said, 'Well, he's got you there.' And then my mother said, 'Yeah, he's got you there.' And my grandmother was there too." --Cher to Daily News, September 22, 1996.

About her worst experience on a movie set: "I guess Peter Bogdanovich [director of 'Mask'] was the worst. At the time, I was so unsure of myself, and he wasn't very nice. One day he said, 'Just remember, this movie isn't about the woman, it's about a boy. I can cut you out.' I thought, 'I'm going to take that information and just stash it, and get real, real tough.' And I did." --Cher in Rolling Stone, September 19, 1996.

"There's a saying among those who work around Cher. If there's a nuclear war, only two species will survive: the cockroaches and Cher." --From "Cher Resurrected, Again, by a Hit" by Neil Strauss in The New York Times, March 11, 1999.

On her album "Not Commercial", Cher told the Los Angeles Times (September 24, 2000): "It's very un-Cher like. But if people really knew me, it is very Cher. But it's so [expletive] dark. I have to put a sticker on it. I don't want kids buying it. I write like I speak--not exactly like a sailor, but colorful. ... "I don't have any expectations. I did it for myself, so I'm just sharing it with people who might be interested and don't really care what reviewers think. And if people like it, they like it, and if they don't, that's fine. It's so personal. But I've played it for people and they liked it. Maybe it hits other people's notes."

"If I'd been fucked by my husband as much as I was fucked by Warner Bros., I'd still be married." - Cher quoted in 1988 Premiere October 2, 2002

"If I'd had as much plastic surgery as people say, there'd be another whole person left over! I could send her out to work her butt off onstage every night."-Cher US Weekly November 4, 2002