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U.S. pop performer, born Cherilyn Sarkisian (1946). As a given name for girls in U.S., it hit a bump of popularity 1972-73 around the time she starred in a popular TV variety show.


Cher ( ; born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress. Called the Goddess of Pop, she is described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry. She is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her five-decade-long career.

Cher gained popularity in 1965 as one-half of the folk rock husband-wife duo Sonny & Cher after their song " I Got You Babe" reached number one on the American and British charts. She began her solo career simultaneously, releasing in 1966 her first million-seller song, " Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)". She became a television personality in the 1970s with her shows The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, watched by over 30 million viewers weekly during its three-year run, and Cher. She emerged as a fashion trendsetter by wearing elaborate outfits on her television shows. While working on television, she established herself as a solo artist with the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles " Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves", " Half-Breed", and " Dark Lady". After her divorce from Sonny Bono in 1975, Cher launched a comeback in 1979 with the disco-oriented album Take Me Home and earned $300,000 a week for her 198082 residency show in Las Vegas.

In 1982, Cher made her Broadway debut in the play Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and starred in the film adaptation of the same title. She subsequently earned critical acclaim for her performances in films such as Silkwood (1983), Mask (1985), and Moonstruck (1987), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She then revived her musical career by recording the rock-inflected albums Cher (1987), Heart of Stone (1989), and Love Hurts (1991), all of which yielded several successful singles. She reached a new commercial peak in 1998 with the album Believe, whose title track became the biggest-selling single of all time by a female artist in the UK; it features the pioneering use of Auto-Tune, also known as the "Cher effect". Her 200205 Living Proof: The Farewell Tour became one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time, earning $250 million. In 2008, she signed a $180 million deal to headline the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for three years. After seven years of absence, she returned to film in the 2010 musical Burlesque. Cher's first studio album in 12 years, Closer to the Truth (2013), became her highest-charting solo album in the U.S. to date at number three.

Cher has won a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, a Cannes Film Festival Award, and a special CFDA Fashion Award, among several other honors. Throughout her career, she has sold 100 million records worldwide. She is the only artist to date to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each decade from the 1960s to the 2010s. Outside of her music and acting, she is noted for her political views, philanthropic endeavors and social activism, including LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Cher (department)

Cher (; Berrichon: Char) is a department in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France. It is named after the Cher River.

Cher (1987 album)

Cher is the 18th studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on November 10, 1987 by Geffen Records. Worldwide the album has sold 2 million copies.

Chér (1966 album)

Chér is the eponymous third studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on October 1966 by Imperial. Cher collaborates again with Sonny Bono, with Harold Battiste and with Stan Ross. The album is by-and-large a covers album and contains only one song written by Bono. This album was a moderate commercial success, charted #59 on the Billboard Chart.

Cher (2008–2011 residency show)

Cher was a residency show by American entertainer Cher at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the three-year engagement, Cher received $60 million. Performing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, the first show occurred on May 6, 2008 and the last show was on February 5, 2011. Cher planned to perform 200 dates over a three-year period but due to eight cancellations only 192 shows were done. The show included 14 dancers and four aerialists, with a total of 17 costumes designed by Bob Mackie.

Cher (TV series)

Cher was an American variety show that premiered on CBS in 1975. It was hosted by singer-actress, Cher. The show had many famous musical guests. It followed a TV special featuring Elton John, Bette Midler, and Flip Wilson as guests. Cher premiered at 7.30pm on Sunday, February 16, 1975 and finished the season ranked 1st among variety shows and 22nd among all programs, with a 21.3 average household share.

Cher (river)

The Cher is a river in central France, left tributary to the river Loire. Its source is in the Creuse département, north-east of Crocq. It joins the river Loire in Villandry, west of Tours.

The river suffered a devastating flood in 1940, which damaged Château de Chenonceau, which spans the river, and other structures along the banks.

Départements and towns along the river:

  • Creuse
  • Allier: Montluçon
  • Cher: Saint-Amand-Montrond, Vierzon
  • Loir-et-Cher
  • Indre-et-Loire: Tours

Main tributaries are, from spring to mouth (L: left / R: right):

  • (L) Tardes
    • (L) Voueize
  • (R) Amaron or Lamaron at Montluçon
  • (R) Aumance at Meaulne
  • (R) Yèvre at Vierzon, from Le Berry
    • (L) Auron
    • (R) Colin
  • (L) Arnon at Vierzon, from the Petite-Marche
    • (L) Théols
  • (R) Sauldre collecting waters from the Sologne
  • (L) Fouzon above Saint-Aignan

It owes its name to the pre-Indo-European root kʰar 'stone'.

Chér (1971 album)

Chér (eventually reissued under the title Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves) is the seventh studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on September 1971 by Kapp Records. For this album, Cher left her husband Sonny Bono to produce the album, and for the first time she collaborated with Snuff Garrett and with Al Capps for the arrangements. The album was retitled after the success of the single of the same name. It received positive reviews from critics, and RIAA certified it Gold on July 2, 1972. The album was her first and most successful album of the seventies. Two singles were released from the album, "The Way of Love" and "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves", both reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Cher (disambiguation)

Cher (born 1946) is an American music and cinema artist.

Cher may also refer to:

  • Chér (1966 album)
  • Cher (1971 album), later retitled Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves
  • Cher (1987 album)
  • Cher (TV series), a 1975 television show
  • Cher, the main character in Clueless
  • Cher (department), a department in France
  • Cher (river), a river in France
  • Cher, Iran, a village in West Azerbaijan Province, Iran
  • CHER-FM, a Canadian radio station
  • Sonny & Cher, a pop duo from 1964 to 1975
  • Cher Lloyd, a British female singer (born 1993)

Usage examples of "cher".

Jesus, do something about that breath, cher, before you kill someone with it.

She repeatedly shifted in her seat as if she was trying to sit sideways -- today facing Kekipi, Buddha and Cher -- but during the lecture portion of class, ViewNet was programmed to keep the student proxies facing me.

I tried lifting the mood by showing off a fancy animation, but only Q-Ball, Kekipi, and Cher paid attention.

After Maddie and my nerves settled down, I stared at Cher hard enough to peel paint as she appeared in both proxy and OSP.

Enhancement man wants you and me to go to Detroit, meet up with Cher, and go looking for White Night.

And let me guess: Cher has been using ViewNet to give Buddha some extra voices to enjoy.

By the time we pulled up to the right building, Q-Ball and Cher were exiting their cruisers aided by their uniformed chaperones.

My sense is that Cher feels helpless and scared unless she can make the people around her feel helpless and scared.

We sat in a silent row: Jack, me, Q-Ball, and Cher, while Buddha, Kekipi, and Maddie kept us company as proxies.

He turned his attention back to Cher who seemed on the verge of falling asleep.

Attendez-moi ici mon cher monsieur, je vais me faire la barbe et nous partirons ensemble.

Et maintenant, mon cher ami, mon digne conseiller, faut-il donc que vous vous en alliez?

Marcy - oh, her name was Cher now - and Elisha had avoided the first raid, so they still looked sharp.

Elisha, sitting on the bench next to Cher, looked glumly at her can of pop and just shook her head.

The new Britney and Cher, though in their uniforms, jumped right in with the mob, getting in a kick or two and ecstatic when they got cans of pop to shake up.