A celebrity from Los Angeles California USA
b. Cherilyn Sarkarsian La Pier, 20 May 1946, El Centro, California, USA. Cher began working as a session singer in an attempt to finance an acting career. While recording with Phil Spector as a backing vocalist, she met and later married Sonny Bono. After releasing two singles under the name Ceaser And Cleo, the duo then achieved international acclaim as Sonny and Cher. Throughout this period Cher also sustained a solo career, initially singing a paean to Ringo Starr (‘Ringo I Love You') under the pseudonym Bonnie Jo Mason. Thereafter, she secured several hits, including an opportunistic cover version of the Byrds' ‘All I Really Want To Do'. The sultry ‘Bang Bang', with its gypsy beat and maudlin violins was a worldwide smash in 1966, leading Cher to tackle more controversial themes in ‘I Feel Something In The Air' and ‘You Better Sit Down Kids'. Although her acting aspirations seemed long-forgotten, she did appear in two minor 60s films, Good Times (1967) and Chastity (1969). In 1971, the zestful, chart-topping ‘Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves' and its attendant album saw her back in the ascendant. Two further US number 1 hits (‘Half Breed' and ‘Dark Lady') preceded her divorce from Sonny, though for a time the duo continued to appear together on stage and television. In 1975 she switched to Warner Brothers Records for the Jimmy Webb-produced Stars, while her on-off relationship with Gregg Allman (whom she divorced in 1979) resulted in one album, the punningly titled, Allman and Woman: Two The Hard Way. By the late 70s, she became a regular fixture in gossip columns and fashion magazines which lauded over her sartorial outrageousness and much publicized musical and personal relationships with Allman, Gene Simmons (of Kiss) and Les Dudek. In 1981, Cher appeared on Meat Loaf's ‘Dead Ringer For Love' but recording interests increasingly took a back seat to her first love: acting. A leading role in Come Back To The Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) was followed by a lucrative part in Silkwood (1983), and an Oscar nomination. Appearances in Mask (1985), The Witches Of Eastwick (1987) and Suspect (1987) emphasized that her thespian aspirations were no mere sideline. For Moonstruck (1987), she won an Oscar for Best Actress and celebrated that honor with another musical comeback courtesy of Cher and its concomitant Top 10 single, ‘I Found Someone'. Her 1991 number 1 hit, a cover of the Betty Everett song, ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)' was the theme song to another screen appearance, Mermaids. In 1995 she did a credible cover of Marc Cohn's ‘Walking In Memphis' which preceded It's a Man's World. In addition to the James Brown title track her voice admirably suited a reworking of the Walker Brothers classic, ‘The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore'. With her professional life as a singer and actress now scrutinized by the mass media, as well as the added intrigue of her love-life and public fascination for her penchant for cosmetic surgery, Cher has become one of the great American icons of the 90s. Her powerful voice is often overlooked amidst the AOR glitz.