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Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian, 20.5.1946)
Cher is an American pop singer and actress. She rose to fame in the 1960s' husband and wife duo, Sonny and Cher.
Net Worth: In 2013, Celebrity Net Worth claimed that Cher had a net worth of 305 million USD.
Childhood: Cher was born and raised in California, to John Sarkisian (an Armenian truck driver) and Georgia Holt (an actress and model of German, British and Cherokee heritage). Cher was raised mainly by her mother, as her parents divorced when she was a young child. Her mother remarried, to banker Gilbert La Piere, Cher's adoptive father. Cher left Fresno High School aged 16. During her high school years, she is known to have had a relationship with Warren Beatty.
Career: Through meeting her future husband Sonny, who worked for Phil Spector, Cher began work as a session singer, working for artists such as The Righteous Brothers, The Crystals and The Ronettes. Cher's debut solo record was released under the name Bonni Jo Mason. 'Ringo I Love You' failed to make an impression, as did 'Dream Baby', released under the name 'Cherilyn'. Sonny and Cher's first single as a duo was released as Caesar and Cleo(patra). However, success eluded the pair until they released Look at Us in 1965, which contained the hit single 'I Got You Babe'. Cher was 19 at the time and Sonny was 30. Cher's first solo album, All I Really Want To Do, was also released in 1965. The title track; a cover of a Bob Dylan track, reached 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. This was followed by a string of successful solo albums, including The Sonny Side of Cher and Backstage, with varying success. Her biggest hit of the era was 'Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)', written by Sony Bono. The song was covered by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Cliff Richard. Though the publicity waned, the pair soon found success on TV variety shows such as Sonny and Cher Nitty Gritty Hour. Capitalising on the success, Cher had her first number one solo hit with 'Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves' in 1971. Cher's career took a critical downturn in the 1970s but returned to her prime for the TV show Cher.Special. The disco album, Take Me Home was certified gold and her album Prisoner, sparked arguments among women's rights groups for the cover image of the singer nearly naked and wrapped in chains. The 1987 comeback album, Cher, featured contributions from the likes of Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Bolton and Richie Sambora. They returned to appear on its 1989 follow-up, Heart of Stone, which featured the international hit, 'If I Could Turn Back Time.' She completed her contractual obligations to Geffen in 1991 with Love Hurts, which spawned the hits ''The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)' and 'Love And Understanding'. In 1998, Cher released the Grammy Award-winning album, Believe. An album of contemporary, upbeat dance tracks, it hit number one in nearly every country in which it was released and has sold over 20 million copies across the globe. The title track became Cher's biggest single hit to date. The follow-up album, Believe: Living Proof failed to make the same impact on the charts. In June 2002, she announced her final tour, Living Proof: The Farewell Tour. She did, however, maintain that she would continue to record and release tracks. She went on to secure 200 shows over three years at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, at which she debuted in May 2008. Her guest performers will include Bette Midler and Elton John. In 2012, it was announced that a Broadway musical about her life was in development. In 2014, she confirmed that the project was ongoing and she had recently read a redraft of the script. Cher has starred in a number of successful movies, including Silkwood, alongside Kurt Russell and Meryl Streep, which won her an Oscar Nomination and a Golden Globe Award. She also appeared in Mask, The Witches of Eastwick and Mermaids, with Christina Ricci, Winona Ryder and Bob Hoskins.
Personal Life: Following Cher's rocky relationship with Sonny Bono, Cher admitted having a brief fling with Elvis Presley, before marrying Gregg Allman. She has also been romantically linked with David Geffen and Gene Simmons, as well as Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer and Richie Sambora.
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Following the release of the brilliant cover of ABBA's 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' by Cher, we've decided to take a look back at music through the decades and pick out 5 of our favourite covers! There's a little something for everybody here, so grab your headphones and get listening to our picks for the best covers of all time...
5. Bjork - 'It's Oh So Quiet'
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The pop legend will be releasing an entire album of Abba covers in September.
Following her star turn in the recent movie sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, pop legend Cher has confirmed that she’ll be releasing an entire album of Abba cover versions next month.
After a great deal of teasing via social media, Cher revealed that the record, to be titled Dancing Queen, will be released on September 28th, also unleashing a first listen in the form of a cover of ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)’.
“I've always liked ABBA and saw the original Mamma Mia musical on Broadway three times,” the 72 year old singer said in a statement following the announcement. “After filming Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, I was reminded again of what great and timeless songs they wrote and started thinking, 'Why not do an album of their music?'”
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Early reviews for 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' are in.
When jukebox musical 'Mamma Mia!' first hit theaters in 2008, of course it was going to divide opinion. News of 'Mamma Mia 2', then, had haters assuming the worst, but in actual fact the film seems to have endeared a great many sceptics this time round.
The cast of 'Mamma Mia 2'
Combining one of the greatest pop acts of all time with a cheesy story of romance, comedy and family values, 'Mamma Mia!' was certainly not for everyone. Given it's light-hearted fun and endless stream of the greatest hits from ABBA, it unsurprisingly won numerous awards, and it looks like the same destiny could lie before 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again'.
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The actress teamed up with her ex-boyfriend, Dominic Cooper, for the movie
The sequel to the catchy, upbeat and, if not critically-acclaimed then definitely publically loved Mamma Mia! is finally hitting screens later this week after a decade in the making. But one person who wasn’t so keen on the second film was leading lady, Amanda Seyfried’s boyfriend - when the actress revealed she would filming scenes with her ex.
Amanda's husband, Thomas, had concerns about her getting back on set with her ex
Amanda - who plays Sophie both in the first outing and the much-anticipated sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - met her ex-boyfriend Dominic Cooper on the set of Mamma Mia! in 2008.
The iconic star truly filled her guts on this hilarious episode.
This week saw another episode of 'Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts' on 'The Late Late Show', and it saw a rare occasion where neither guest Cher nor host James Corden could answer any of the personal questions raised in the segment. However, Cher did demonstrate her contempt of Donald Trump beautifully by eating cow tongue.
Cher at The Promise premiere
The game started off with the 72-year-old iconic singer proclaiming 'I would rather rat out my mother than eat that' at the cow tongue that lay on the revolving table with other delicacies like scorpion and a 1000-year-old egg, as well as - since the episode was being shot in Britain - national dishes like stargazy pie, deep-fried Mars bar and haggis.
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An as-yet-untitled musical featuring Cher's biggest hits and based around her life is to hit Broadway at some point next year, the singer confirmed.
Pop legend Cher has confirmed that a stage musical about her life will make its debut on Broadway next year.
The 71 year old singer, who has enjoyed a career of almost fifty years, confirmed the news via Twitter on Tuesday evening (June 6th). News of the possible production initially surfaced back in January via a story in the New York Post saying that Cher had attended a read-through of the project, but those rumours are now concrete, and the musical is reportedly set to debut at some point in 2018.
A musical based around Cher's life will hit Broadway in 2018
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Willow Smith has landed a modelling contract.
Willow Smith is officially a model! The 14-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith has signed a contract with a modelling agency. Smith has signed with The Society Management agency, based in New York.
Willow Smith at the Black Girls Rock! event in New Jersey, March 2015.
The 1960s was an incredible decade for music, with the likes of Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, The Monkees and many, many others producing timeless hits that remain in the world's consciousness to this day. However, little do people know the reason for all these genius hits, for the catchy melodies and iconic hooks; behind every great artist of the day was a band unlike any other. The Wrecking Crew were probably the most sought after session musicians of the era, producing beats for all areas of the West Coast Sound, winning Grammys and become just as rich as the people they were supporting - and yet the general public remained widely oblivious to the music industry's secret weapon. They may have been ever-evolving, but these LA artists were still top choice for the biggest stars, namely Phil Spector who dubbed them 'The Phil Spector Wall of Sound Orchestra'.
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The designer announced the news on Instagram Thursday, writing "Beauty, style and talent know no age.”
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s 14 year old daughter Willow Smith is the latest name to be unveiled as featuring in Marc Jacob’s Fall 2015 campaign. The announcement comes a week after pop star Cher was named as fronting the campaign at the age of 69.
At 14, Willow Smith is the latest Marc Jacobs model.
Announcing the news on Instagram designer Jacobs wrote, “Ever since our first Juergen Teller ad in 1998 which featured Kim Gordon on stage wearing my dress, I have always preferred collaborating with the people who inspire me to give new life to the clothes we show on our runway.”
Through the 1960s, a collection of Los Angeles musicians worked together in order to support acts like The Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra. This group was called The Wrecking Crew, and they created some of the greatest and most influential songs, without receiving any of the credit for it. Beach Boys co-founder, Bryan Wilson, described how they were the most important part of that period in music. A documentary 12 years in the making, sheds some light on some of the unsung heroes of the musical industry in the 1960s.
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