Considered as one of the world’s most charming, talented, and successful singer, Cher, born Cherilyn Sarkisian, boasts an impressive career timeline that has spanned over six decades and counting.
The Queen of Pop, as she is fondly called by most folks, began exploring the music industry in 1963 and has since recorded and sold over 100 million songs in genres such as rock (in the 1980s), disco (in the 1970s), dance, folk (in the 1960s), and of course pop (in the 1990s).
Also known by the following monikers – Cheryl LaPiere, Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman, and Cher Bono, the iconic songstress is well-loved for her songs and the messages they pass across to the world. Some of her popular hits include If I Could Turn Back Time, Believe, I Got You Babe, The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss), ‘Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves, and Just Like Jesse James.
Besides singing, Sarkisian also banks as an author, fashion designer, television host, record producer, dancer, philanthropist, and actress. Her productive years behind the microphone has fetched her several awards and honors, including three Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a Kennedy Center Honors prize, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Academy Award, and a special CFDA Fashion Award, among others.
Bio – How Old Is Cher?
The multi-hyphenate entertainer was born in El Centro, California, in the United States on the 20th day of May 1946. She was born to John Sarkisian (father) and Georgia Holt (mother). Holt was a part-time actress and model while her husband was an Armenian-American truck driver famed for his gambling and drug problems.
Cher’s parents divorced ten months after she was born. This caused her mother to tie the knot the second time with John Southall. Holt’s marital relationship with actor Southall produced a daughter called Georganne Southall, who became Cher’s half-sister. Holt later divorced her husband and got married again in 1961 to Gilbert LaPiere, a bank manager. He would adopt and raise Cher and Georganne as his own daughters.
She studied at Montclair College Preparatory School and later Fresno High School.
Family – Kids, Son, Daughter
Cher is a mother of two sons – Chaz Salvatore Bono and Elijah Blue Allman. Born on March 4, 1969, in Los Angeles, California, Chaz is a prominent actor, writer, advocate, and musician. Now, a transgender man, his father, Sonny Bono, a popular producer, actor, politician, singer-songwriter, musician, and Cher’s first husband. He rose to an immense popularity after partnering with his wife and establishing the music group Sonny & Cher.
They initially started out as Caesar and Cleo and later changed to Sonny & Cher, after which they recorded huge success with the song ‘I Got You Babe’. The reason Bono started performing with his wife was that Cher suffered from stage fright during her budding years.
Sonny and Cher met in November 1962 while the former was working for renowned record producer, Phil Spector. She became his housekeeper, then close friend, and then lover. They eventually got married on October 27, 1964, had a marital crisis in 1972 which led Sonny to file for separation in February 1974. The couple’s divorce papers were eventually finalized on the 26th of June, 1975. Sonny Bono died from a skiing accident in 1998.
Cher’s second son, Elijah Blue Allman, came from her relationship with her second husband Gregg Allman. The singer tied the knot with Allman just four days after her divorce from Sonny became official. However, her marriage to the rock icon which took place on June 30, 1975, ended after four years of stormy marital relationship. Allman, who doubles as the co-founder of The Allman Brothers Band had alcohol and heroin problems and Cher wasn’t comfortable with it at all.
Their son, Elijah Blue, who was born in 1976 is a guitarist and singer. Popularly known as P. Exeter Blue, he is a member of the rock band Deadsy and the husband of Mumbai-born musician Marieangela King.
As of 2018, the goddess of pop is assumed to be single. However, she has been romantically linked entertainment elites such as Tom Cruise, Tim Medvetz, Ron Zimmerman (a writer), David Paich, and Gene Simmons.
Is She Sick Or Dead?
At the time of writing, the legendary singer is strong, healthy, and making the most of her life and career. In June 2016, it was widely reported that she was sick and close to death but the reports all turned out to be false. Even Cher herself, in an interview, dismissed the false alarm.
What Is Her Height?
At over 70, the legendary singer still looks youthful and full of life – many thanks to her age-defying looks and body shape. Cher’s height and weight are measured at 5 feet 9 inches (174 centimeters) and 61 kilograms (135 pounds) respectively. The Gypsies crooner is blessed with a set of dazzling dark brown eyes and black hair.