On This Day

Cher

Goddess of Pop  Cher
JStone / Shutterstock.com

Full Name: Cherilyn Sarkisian
Profession: Goddess of Pop

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: A hugely successful American entertainer, Cher is a pop singer, TV host, nightclub star and acclaimed actress.

Cher met and married her husband Sonny Bono while still a teenager. The couple formed a singing act and released their first big hit "I Got You Babe" in 1964. Other hits then followed. The couple went on to host "The Sonny and Cher Variety Comedy Hour" show in 1971 and a later show, despite their eventual divorce.

Cher's successful nightclub act turned into an equally successful solo recording career and she has released a series of albums since the 1980s. In 1998 she won a Grammy award for her dance hit "Believe".

Cher is also a critically acclaimed actress. She was nominated for an Academy award for Best Supporting Actress for “Silkwood” (1983) opposite Meryl Streep and won Best Actress for "Moonstruck" with Nicholas Cage in 1988.

Born: May 20, 1946

Age: 75 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Taurus

Married Life

  • 1964-10-27 American singers Sonny Bono (29) & Cher (18) wed, Cher wore bell-bottoms
  • 1974-02-20 American singer and actress Cher (27) files for separation from husband singer-songwriter Sonny Bono (38)
  • 1975-06-26 American singer and actress Cher (28) divorces singer-songwriter Sonny Bono (40)
  • 1975-06-30 American singer and actress Cher (28), marries American musician Gregg Allman (27), 4 days after divorce from Sonny Bono is finalized
  • 1975-07-10 American singer and actress Cher (28) files for divorce from musician Gregg Allman (27), 10 days after their marriage

Historical Events

  • 1965-06-12 Sonny and Cher make their 1st TV appearance in "American Bandstand"
  • 1965-08-14 Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" hits #1
  • 1967-01-14 Sonny & Cher release single "Beat Goes On"
  • 1976-02-01 Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce
  • 1986-05-22 American singer and actress calls David Letterman an a**hole on his "Late Night" TV program (NBC)
  • 1988-04-11 60th Academy Awards: "The Last Emperor", Michael Douglas & Cher win
  • 1988-06-11 "We All Sleep Alone" by Cher peaks at #14
  • 1999-10-19 "Believe" single released by Cher (Billboard Song of the Year, 1999; Grammy Award Best Dance Recording, 2000)

Famous Pop Stars