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Actress singer director Born Cherilyn LaPiere Sarkisian on May 20 1946 in El Centro California Cher met Sonny Bono a recorder producer in a coffee shop when she was sixteen The two began performing together as a musical act at one point billing themselves as Caesar and Cleo They married when Cher was eighteen and by 1965 Sonny and Cher were a popular act on the West Coast renowned for their outrageous outfits Their first big hit was I Got You Babe 1965 which sold over four million copies The couple had a daughter Chastity Bono in 1969 In the 1970s they starred in their own top-rated television variety show The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1971-1974 The end of their show coincided with the collapse of their marriage The couple divorced in 1974 but reunited professionally for The Sonny and Cher Show 1976-1977 Bono went on to become a Republican congressman before his death in a ski accident in 1998 Cher had a brief marriage to rock musician Gregg Allman in the late 1970s which produced a son Elijah Blue Allman After a stint on the Las Vegas circuit in the late 1970searly 1980s Cher launched a successful film career She received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role in Silkwood 1983 and a Best Actress Academy Award for Moonstruck 1987 in which she played an Italian widow Her other notable movies include Mask 1985 Suspect 1987 Witches of Eastwick 1987 Mermaids 1990 and Tea With Mussolini In 1996 Cher made her directorial debut with one segment of HBOs three-part film If These Walls Could Talk She is the author of several beauty and fitness books as well as an autobiographical work The First Time 1998 Cher also released two Cherfitness videos in 1991 and 1992 In 1999 Cher found success again on the pop-music charts with her album Believe released in late 1998 Her smash single a neo-disco
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