Cher is an American recording artist, actress, director, and record producer. Referred to as the Goddess of Pop,she has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globes and a Cannes Film Festival Award for her work in film, music and television.

Cher began her career as a backup singer and later came to prominence as one half of the pop rock duo Sonny & Cher with the success of their song “I Got You Babe” in 1965. She subsequently established herself as a solo recording artist, and became a television star in 1971 with The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, a variety show for which she won a Golden Globe.

A well received performance in the film Silkwood earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1984. In the following years, Cher starred in a string of hit films including Mask, The Witches of Eastwick, and Moonstruck, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1988.

Cher is the only female solo artist to reach the number one on the Billboard charts in each of the previous six decades .Her hit dance single “Believe” is her biggest-selling recording and was the best-selling single of 1999,having sold over 10 million copies worldwide. She holds the Hot 100 record for the longest hit-making career span, with 33 years between the release of her first and most recent #1 singles, in 1965 and 1999.

Cher ended her 3-year-long “Farewell Tour” in 2005 as the most successful tour by a female solo artist of all time.With a career lasting over 45 years, Cher has sold over 100 million records worldwide. After a three-year hiatus and retirement from touring, Cher returned to the stage in 2008 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where she is currently performing her show Cher at the Colosseum.

Cher began performing again in February 2009. She had to delay the last of her 2008 shows due to illness; she claimed to have “Vegas throat”. Cher combined her acting and singing skills in the 2010 film Burlesque, a contemporary musical in which she starred alongside Christina Aguilera. She will also provide the voice of a lion (formerly a giraffe) in Kevin James’ 2011 film The Zookeeper.

On April 18, 2010, Cher made a surprise appearance on The 45th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. She was introduced by 12-time host Reba McEntire. She said the very first song she learned was “Hey Good Lookin'”.

In addition to her return to the big screen in ‘Burlesque’, Cher also recorded two new songs for the film, ‘Welcome to Burlesque’ and ‘You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me’. The latter of the two has had success in the Club scene, peaking at the #1 spot on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Songs chart. This fact gives Cher the title of only female singer with #1 in every decade since 60’s at Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Songs.

Cher has also announced that she is currently recording a new rock album to be released in 2011, she has stated that she is working with a couple of men down in Nashville on the album.

Cher has also claimed that it is very likely that a world tour will be hitting major arenas around September 2011. Cher has also stated in “Glamour Magazine” that she will possibly directing a movie within the next 2 to 3 years. Cher attended the 2010 MTV VMAs on September 12, 2010 presenting the Video of the Year award to Lady GaGa. On November 8, 2010 she was honored with Glamour’s Woman of the Year Lifetime Achievement award. On November 18, 2010 Cher was immortalized by placing her handprints and footprints in cement in the courtyard in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

In her early career Cher was a fashion trend-setter, popularizing long straight hair, bell-bottoms and an exposed midriff. She is noted as being one of the first females to expose her bellybutton on television.[She stepped that up a notch in 1989 when she boarded the U.S. Navy’s USS Missouri ship in thong and fishnets for the “If I Could Turn Back Time” music video, becoming one of the first videos by a mainstream pop artist to be banned by MTV .

Cher ranked 43rd on VH1 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll poll and in September 2002 ranked 26th on VH1 100 Sexiest Artists. She has appeared on the cover of People magazine thirteen times.In a 2007 poll, A&E’s Biography magazine ranked her as the third favorite actress of all time behind two of her Hollywood idols, Katharine Hepburn and Audrey Hepburn.

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