A brief history of Cher, 1946 to the present



1946: Born May 20 as Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, Calif.

1962: Having dropped out of high school and moved to LA, she meets singer-songwriter Sonny Bono and becomes his housekeeper.

1964: Sonny and Cher get married and hit the charts with "Baby Don't Go."

1965: The duo tops the charts with "I Got You, Babe."

1966: Has her first Top 10 solo hit with "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)."

1967: Sonny & Cher star together in the musical comedy "Good Times" and go Top 10 with "The Beat Goes On."

1969: Sonny and Cher welcome daughter Chastity (now the transgender Chaz).

1971: "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" premieres on CBS and runs through 1974.

1971: Has her first No. 1 solo hit with "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves."

1973: Returns to the top of the charts with "Half Breed" and "Dark Lady."

1975: Divorces Sonny, marries Gregg Allman (through '79).

1976: Cher and Allman welcome son Elijah Blue.

1976-77: "The Sonny & Cher Show' is briefly revived but lukewarmly received.

1979: Taps into disco craze with "Take Me Home" (No. 8).

1982: Stars in the Robert Altman film "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean."

1983: Stars in "Silkwood," earning an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe.

1985: Plays the mom in "Mask."

1987: Stars in "Moonstruck," earning best actress Oscar.

1989: Back into the Top 5 with "If I Could Turn Back Time," complete with risque video.

1998: Revives her career with No.1 hit "Believe." ("Believe" album peaks at No. 4.) She also delivers eulogy at Sonny's funeral after he dies in skiing accident.

1999: Stars in the "VH1 Divas Live 2" special and ventures out on Do You Believe? Tour, her first major U.S. tour in nine years.

2002: Embarks on Living Proof: The Farewell Tour through 2005.

2008: Begins residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

2010: Returns to the big screen for the first time since 2003's "Stuck on You" in the musical "Burlesque."

2013: Releases her 25th album, "Closer to the Truth," her highest charting at No. 3.

2014: Launches Dressed to Kill Tour.


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