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Cher (; born Cherilyn Sarkisian on May 20, 1946) is an American pop singer-songwriter, actress, director and record producer. She has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and a People's Choice Award for her work in film, music and television.
Cher began her career at the age of seventeen and 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 the 1970s with the variety show The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, for which she won a Golden Globe Award. 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 Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in each of the previous four decades. Her hit dance single "Believe" is her biggest-selling recording and was the best-selling single of 1999, having sold over 12 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 1998. Cher ended her 3-year-long "Farewell Tour" in 2005 as the second most successful tour by a female solo artist of all time.
With a career lasting over 40 years, Cher has sold over 250 million records worldwide. After a three-year hiatus and retirement from touring, Cher returned to the stage in 2008 at Caesars Palace in Paradise, Nevada where she is currently performing her show Cher at the Colosseum.
Living Proof is the twenty-fifth album by American singer-actress Cher, released in November 2001 in Europe and February 2002 in the United States by Warner Bros. Records and WEA Records. The lead off single for Europe was The Music's No Good Without You, while Song for the Lonely served as the first American single.
The lead single in Europe and Australia was "The Music's No Good Without You", while the United States received "Song for the Lonely." "The Music's No Good Without You" received moderate success in the UK, while "Song for the Lonely" peaked at number 85 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart (one of four songs from the album to top the U.S. dance chart). "Song for the Lonely" was a hit due to its powerful meaning and connection to the September 11th Attacks represented in the music video. It charted in the top 40 of all the other U.S charts. "Alive Again" and "A Different Kind of Love Song" were follow-up singles. "A Different Kind of Love Song managed to top the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play and chart on the Hot 100 at #105. Alive Again failed to make any charting except in the single sales. Despite not being released as a single When the Money's Gone charted on the Hot 100 at #112.
In addition "Song for the Lonely" was #1 on the Maxi-Singles Chart for 21 weeks beating out Madonna's "Die Another Day". Many of the songs may have not reached the Hot 100 because of the lack of promotion. The third single (USA only) was released as "When the Money's Gone/Love One Another", earning Cher a Grammy nomination for "Love One Another." She lost the award to Kylie Minogue's song "Come Into My World".
Mask is a 1985 drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and starring Cher and Eric Stoltz. Sam Elliott, Dennis Burkley, and Laura Dern are featured in supporting roles. Cher received the 1985 Cannes Film Festival award for Best Actress.
The film is based on the life and early death of Roy L. "Rocky" Dennis, a boy who suffered from craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, an extremely rare disorder known commonly as lionitis due to the disfiguring cranial enlargements that it causes.
As the son of a freewheeling biker mom, Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) is accepted without question by his mother's boyfriends and extended motorcycle family but treated with fear, pity, awkwardness, and teasing by those unaware of his humanity, humor, and intelligence. Rocky's mother, Florence "Rusty" Dennis (Cher) is determined to give Rocky as normal a life as possible, in spite of her own wild ways as a member of the biker gang. She fights for Rocky's inclusion in a mainstream junior high school, and she confronts a principal who would rather classify Rocky with mental retardation and relegate him to a special education school to fulfill his special needs. Rusty asks the principal if they teach "Algebra, Science, English and History" at this school, they do, and these are "Rocky's needs".
"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" is a song written by Rudy Clark. The song is a rock and roll classic as recorded by Betty Everett, who hit #1 on the Cashbox magazine R&B charts with it in 1964. Recorded by dozens of artists and groups around the world in the decades since, the song became an international smash hit when remade by Cher in 1991.
Cher's remake was cut for the soundtrack of her 1990 film Mermaids in which it played under the closing credits, and the single's U.S. release coincided with the November release of the film. The lackluster box office performance of Mermaids was mirrored by the chart performance of "The Shoop Shoop Song" single, which peaked at #33 in January 1991, signaling the end of the hit-streak Cher had enjoyed in the U.S. since 1987.
The lack of American enthusiasm for Cher's "The Shoop Shoop Song" led to another cut, her remake of Barbara Lewis' "Baby I'm Yours", being the lead single from the Mermaids soundtrack in the UK and Continental Europe. However, after that song failed to become a hit — barely scraping the UK charts at #89 — "The Shoop Shoop Song" was issued as a single, backed with "Baby I'm Yours", and reached #1 on the UK chart of 4 May 1991, staying atop the chart for five weeks.
Cher's "The Shoop Shoop Song" was also a #1 hit in Austria, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Spain; the single achieved a #2 peak in Australia and Top Ten status in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.
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Did you know...
- ... that Cher holds the Hot 100 record for the longest hit-making career span, with 25 years between the release of her first and most recent #1 singles, in 1974 and 1999
- ... that Cher ended her 3-year-long "Farewell Tour" in 2005 as the second most successful tour by a female solo artist of all time
- ... that Cher is the oldest woman to have a U.S #1 hit with "Believe" at 52 years of age
- ... that Cher appeared on the cover of People a record of 13x's
- ... that Cher is one of few artists to win a Grammy, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and Academy Award for her acting roles