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Biography #2 (for Tea With Mussolini)Cher is an internationally-acclaimed diva, recording star, actress and director who has recently enjoyed a remarkable resurgence in her musical career with the release of her smash album Believe, featuring the multi-million selling single of the same name. An artist who has had more number one hits across a greater span of time than any other recording artist in history, Cher occupies a unique and enduring place in the worlds of music, art and entertainment.
Born Cherilyn Sarkisian in the Los Angeles suburb of El Centro, Cher met Sonny Bono while she was still a teenager, and the two went on to perform as a duo under the auspices of the legendary producer and songwriter Phil Spector.
Following their modest success as Caesar and Cleo, the pair clicked as Sonny & Cher with a string of hits in the mid-'60s, beginning with their signature song I Got You Babe. Their enormous popularity as recording artists led to the creation of their own television variety program, The Sonny & Cher Show in the mid-70s. Cher would also host her own variety show and host a number of television specials after she parted ways with Bono. The two had a daughter, Chastity, born in 1969, and Cher subsequently had a son with rock star Gregg Allman in 1976.
Relocating from Hollywood to New York in the early '80s, she was cast in Robert Altman's stage and film versions of Come Back To the Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. In this and subsequent roles, including Mask (1985), The Witches Of Eastwick (1987) and Suspect (1987) Cher proved herself an actress of remarkable depth and range. Her breakthrough starring role in Moonstruck (1987) earned her both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award as Best Actress. She rounded out the decade with one of the most successful songs of her long career, I Found Someone.
Continuing her high profile film appearances in the '90s, she landed roles in The Player and Pret-A-Porter, both for Robert Altman, and in 1996 made her directorial debut with If These Walls Could Talk She also initiated several highly successful exercise video and infomercial ventures.