1. The Ultimate Star
Cher has been around for as long as anyone can remember – and she doesn’t seem to age. From hits like “Turn Back Time” and movies like “Moonstruck” and “The Witches of Eastwick”, Cher is certainly a memorable figure.
Portrait of Singer/Actress Cher photographed in 1965. (Photo by King Collection/Photoshot/Getty Images)
What’s special about her is also how incredibly unique she is from her features to her deep voice and intriguing sex appeal, Cher definitely is an icon of the modern era but she also has a secret life we know nothing about!
2. Cher and Sonny
Cher and her beloved Sonny Bono met in 1962. He was working at the time for Phil Spector, a record producer.
LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 1974: Entertainer Cher, in character, for an episode of the Sonny And Cher Show in January 1974 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Cher wanted to be in the spotlight from an early age and knew that by getting closer to Spector she could get closer to her dreams. When Sonny offered her a position as his housekeeper she was elated. Cher started out by singing backup but quickly climbed the musical ladder to having Spector produce her first album “Ringo, I Love You” which was an absolute flop.
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3. A TV Star
Cher and her beloved Sonny began as a folk singing duo in the mid-1960s. they became extremely famous after their smash hit “I Got You Babe” which hit the number one spot on both British and American charts.
Jones wears a sequinned jacket over a waistcoat and open-neck, ruffled shirt with an oversized cross necklace; Cher wears a beaded, transparent, fishnet shirt. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
When they were not exactly sure where their musical career was going, they decided to go into television and starred in their own show called The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, which did really well!
4. Cher and Anthony Kiedis
Although much older than Anthony Kiedis – lead singer of the phenomenal rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, she ended up in a situation where she was the first naked woman he had ever seen.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 10: Musician Anthony Kiedis attends the Libertine show in Gallery II during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 10, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
Cher was babysitting Kiedis when he was in eighth grade as Kiedis’s Dad was friends with Sonny. Cher had separated from Sonny at the time. They spent a regular pleasant evening together. Upstairs, Cher took off all her clothes thinking Kiedis was asleep. She put on a gown and they went to sleep side-by-side.
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5. Cher and Tom Cruise
When Cher was 39 years old, she dated up-and-coming rising star Tom Cruise. He was 23 at the time and was a star playing fighter pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in 1986’s “Top Gun”. Ironically, in the movie, he had an affair with a much older woman Kelly McGillis who played one of his instructors.
Tom Cruise & Cher backstage. (Photo by MCaulfield/WireImage)
Cher had stated fondly when looking back at the short romance that she had really liked him! (What’s not to like?) In an interview a few years later she said, “I was crazy for Tom Cruise! “She even expressed that she believed they could have had a “great big romance” if it wasn’t for their hectic schedules.
6. Cher and Elvis Presley
We all know Cher divorced Sonny. When she did, many famous men wanted to date her including the one and only Elvis Presley.
JANUARY 01: Photo of Elvis PRESLEY; Posed studio portrait of Elvis Presley (Photo by RB/Redferns)
Presley invited Cher to one of his concerts in Las Vegas in 1976. Cher, surprisingly, declined the offer saying to David Letterman on his show saying: “I was about to do it and thought “No, I don’t want to.” Continuing, “I’ve regretted it ever since!” They definitely would have made an interesting couple.
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7. Cher and David Geffen
During the time that Cher was divorcing Sonny, she experienced a two-year relationship with mega record executive David Geffen.
Clive Davis And The Recording Academy’s 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen – Backstage And Audience
Even though the relationship didn’t work out, Geffen helped her get out of her legal troubles under Sonny’s company Cher Enterprises. Geffen played a major role in Cher’s professional life. He also got Cher a $2.5 million recording deal with Warner Bros.
8. Cher’s Comeback
When Cher divorced Sonny she went through a lot professionally and personally. After all, people knew Cher as the other half of Sonny. Who was she on her own? She needed time to recuperate.
1970: Cher and Sonny Bono pose for a promotional photo for ‘The Sonny and Cher Show’ in 1970. (Photo by Martin Mills/Getty Images)
She remained under the radar until 1979 when she released a new album that had more of a disco flair. It was called “Take Me Home”. She also landed an exclusive Las Vegas residency show f 1980 through 1982. Back then, Cher was cashing in $300,000 a week.
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Cher moved on quickly after Sonny and ended up marrying rock star Gregg Allman from The Allman Brothers Band.
BEVERLY HILLS – OCTOBER 30: Rock guitarist Gregg Allman and entertainer Cher pose for a portrait in a hammock at their home on October 30, 1977, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
The marriage didn’t last long at all and Cher filed for divorce after only 9 days. They reconciled and had a child together. They had a very troubled marriage and she even canceled her show at the time.
10. Natural Talent
Just like a multiple numbers of stars in Hollywood, Cher could do more than just sing. She showed this in action as she had a great passion for it.
Image_10 Credit: HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 24: Actress Cher presenting ‘Moonstruck’ at Target Presents AFI’s Night at the Movies at ArcLight Cinemas on April 24, 2013, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)
She first starred in the 80s on Broadway until she moved on to the cinema and starred in “Silkwood”. She got an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting actress and Hollywood took notice. Playing alongside big names like Meryl Streep was a good move and she eventually got the Oscar for Best Actress for the film “Moonstruck” starring a young Nicolas Cage.
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Cher and Sonny had a child together called Chastity. They named her after a movie Cher starred in with the same name. Unfortunately, the movie was a flop.
Image_11 Credit: LOS ANGELES – 1980: Singer and actress Cher with children Chastity Bono and Elijah Blue Allman poses for a portrait in 1980 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
Chastity stepped out as a lesbian when it was still taboo way back when. She was only 18. Chastity is now a transgender man and goes by the name Chaz Bono. He always felt different as a child and once wrote, “as a child, I always felt there was something different about me…When I was 13, I finally found a name for exactly how I was different. I realized I was gay.”
12. Debilitating Illness
Cher was diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus in the 1980s and has been feeling the effects of the sickness since then.
AIDS FUND-RAISER AT THE MOULIN DE MOUGINS (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Sygma via Getty Images)
It is a form of herpes which leads to communicable mononucleosis, flare-ups are debilitating and can cause the person suffering from the virus to be immobile for extended lengths of time. Because of this, Cher was forced to cancel many performances on her “Dressed to Kill” tour because of these flare-ups in 2014.
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13. A Generous Heart
Cher has a very generous heart and has used her fame to advocate for various issues which affect humanity.
Cher and Michael Stipe sing ‘I Got You Babe’ at the 1st Annual Entertainment Industry Foundation’s ‘Love Rocks’ concert to honor U2’s Bono and launch EIF’s National Cardiovascular Research Initiative at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
She is known to stand for anti-poverty initiatives all over the world, has fought for the rights of US veterans, and has her very own Cher Charitable Foundation. When she and Elizabeth Taylor were at the Cannes Film Festival, they combated AIDS together giving a voice to the cause.
14. Getting Inked
Cher is known for being clean. Sonny and she didn’t even use drugs during the hippie era when everyone else thought it was cool. It’s quite a surprise knowing this though that she has six tattoos, getting the first back way back when in 1972.
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 03: Stephanie J. Block and Cher performing with the cast during the Broadway Opening Night Curtain Call of ‘The Cher Show’ at Neil Simon Theatre on December 3, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
She started getting them removed with laser treatments from the 1990s and is still busy getting them removed. She got them in the past as a status symbol as a “bad girl”. She has changed her view of them since.
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15. Six Amazing Decades of A Legend
Cher was honored with the very prestigious Billboard Icon Award in 2017. She was elated by the honor as she should be.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 11: Cher performs live in concert on The Dressed to Kill Tour at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 11, 2014, in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joey Foley/Getty Images)
She was called “one of the most dominant figures in music and entertainment for more than six decades”. She was able to do this because Cher is fluid. She, like Madonna, changes with the times. She attributes her luck to both her mother and Sonny for believing in her and pushing her to greatness.