There’s no turning back the time for Cher today as the iconic singer celebrates her 70th birthday. Over the past five decades, the Believe hitmaker has become a fashion icon, the epitome of glamour and sass and a downright entertaining celebrity.
Cher, born Cherilyn Sarkisian, was introduced to the spotlight as one-half of the folk rock duo Sonny & Cher, sharing her musical career with husband Sonny Bono. The power couple were married for six years until 1975 but had cemented their place in music history with their string of catchy hits and real-life love story.
When the marriage crumbled and the parents of Chaz Bono divorced, Cher sought a solo career and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1975. From then on, history was made with the singer regularly scoring chart hits with tracks such as Believe and If I Could Turn Back Time, all of which were tinged with rock and disco marking Cher’s reinvention away from Sonny.
Reflecting on her personal and professional relationship with Sonny, Cher recalled in a 2010 interview with Vanity Fair what her ex-husband once told her: “‘One day you are going to leave me. You are going to go on and do great things’. I wouldn’t have left him if he hadn’t had such a tight grip – such a tight grip.”
Cher became an even bigger star as a solo artist and has served as inspiration for many younger musicians over the generations. In celebration of her milestone birthday, IBTimes UK reflects on Cher’s career in numbers.
Cher’s career in numbers
1: Cher has won a Grammy, Oscar and Emmy each. In 1988, she was crowned best actress for her leading role in Moonstruck; in 2000, she earned the best dance recording Grammy for Believe; and took the outstanding variety, music or comedy special Emmy for Cher: The Farewell Tour in 2003. Cher has won three Golden Globes, including best actress in a motion musical or comedy for Moonstruck and best supporting actress in a motion picture for Silkwood.
3: Number one singles Cher has accumulated in the UK, they are Believe, Love Can Build A Bridge and The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss).
4: Decades Cher has topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart over the course of her career: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
5: The number of albums Sonny & Cher released before their divorce in 1975. These were: Look At Us (1965), The Wondrous World Of Sonny & Cher (1966), In Case You’re In Love (1967), All I Ever Need Is You (1972), Mama Was A Rock And Roll Singer, Papa Used To Write All Her Songs (1973).
6: Top 10 hits Sonny & Cher amassed in the US over their six-year career as a duo. These include the number one single I Got You Babe, The Beat Goes On and Baby Don’t Go.
19: Movies and TV shows Cher has starred in since 1967. These include, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Witches Of Eastwick, Mask, Mermaids and Burlesque.
1965: The year Sonny & Cher released their debut single I Got You Babe and topped the UK and US charts.
1978: The year she legally changed her name from Cherilyn Sarkisian to simply Cher.
$60m (£41.1m): Salary Cher allegedly received for her three-year residency show in Las Vegas between 2008 and 2011.