Who Is Cher?
Cher is an American actress, TV personality, and singer and a highly-regarded icon. She is also considered as the Goddess of Pop. Throughout her career, she has sold more than a hundred million records, making her one of the highest-paid artists of all time. She also has gained popularity for her contralto voice that adds uniqueness to her songs.
- Celebrity Name: Cher
- Full Name: Cherilyn Sarkisian
- Gender: Female
- Birth Date: May 20, 1946
- Birth Place: El Centro, California, USA
- Age: 73
- Height: 1.74 m
- Weight: 61 kilos
- Nationality: American
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Status: Divorced
- Husband’s Name: Sonny Bono 1964-1975; Gregg Allman, married 1975-1979
- Children: Elijah Blue Allman, Chaz Bono
- Profession: TV personality, singer, and actress
Net Worth in 2020: $400 million
Cherilyn Sarkisian was born on May 20, 1946, to parents Georgia Holt and John Sarkisian in El Centro, California. Her parents got divorced when she was two months shy of turning one. Cher stayed with her mother and both of them moved around in California, Texas, and New York.
In 1962, Cher met Sonny Bono, a well-known performer and started working as a housekeeper for him. Bono then introduced her to Phil Spector, a record producer and gave her work as a backup singer. Cher and Sonny became close and eventually had a relationship. They started to work together and launched their first single, I Got You, Babe, in July of 1965. Since then, Cher’s success began to take place.
Cher and Sonny got married in 1969, just shortly after their first child, Chaz Bono, came to this world. However, in 1974, Sonny filed for separation citing irreconcilable differences. Cher did not take this lightly and filed for divorce right away. According to her, Sonny withheld money and deprived her of some of her earnings.
After her relationship with Sonny ended, she started dating David Geffen, a record executive although their divorce was not yet finalized. The relationship was brief and she married Gregg Allman, a musician, just four days after her divorce was finalized. Surprisingly, she filed for divorce just nine days after. They did reconcile and had a child together, Elijah Allman, in 1976. The couple divorced again in 1979.
Other famous people that Cher had a relationship with include Richie Sambora, Tom Cruise, Gene Simmons, and Eric Stoltz.
The duo of Sonny and Cher had their first album, Look at Us, in 1965. This album enabled them to have their five songs included in the Billboard Top 50, which at that time, had only been achieved by Elvis Presley and The Beatles. During the success of Sonny and Cher, she also had a promising solo career. She landed a deal with Liberty Records in 1964, launching albums All I Really Want to Do in 1965, The Sonny Side of Cher in 1966, and Cher in the same year. Her song, Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), was the first single that sold millions of copies.
Eventually, Sonny and Cher duo’s popularity went downhill. However, her solo career continued to be successful. She recorded the “3614 Jackson Highway” album in 1969, which was the first project completed without the help of Sonny. After her divorce with Sonny, she signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records amounting to $2.5 million.
Cher’s acting career started sometime when he participated in the movies Good Times in 1967 and Chastity in 1969. Sadly, both movies were not a success. It did not stop her though from pursuing acting as she was included in the cast of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean by Robert Altman in 1976. She got the same role for the movie adaptation with the same title. This gave her the opportunity to start her own production company, Isis, in 1985.
She appeared in several movies after, including Mask, Moonstruck, The Witches of Eastwick, Mermaids, Tea With Mussolini, and Burlesque.
Awards and Achievements
Cher has received an Emmy Award, Academy Award, and three Golden Globe Awards. She has also received a Cannes Film Festival Award, CFDA Fashion Award, and many others.
Total Net Worth in 2020
To date, Cher has a total net worth of $400 million USD. Her fortune came from her successful careers in television and music, her businesses, and properties.