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Cher (pronounced /ˈʃɛər/;[2] born Cherilyn Sarkisian[1][3][4] is an American recording artist, actress, director, and record producer. Referred to as the Goddess of Pop,[5][6][7] she has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globes and a Cannes Film Festival Award for her work in film, music and television.

Cher began her career as a backup singer and later came to prominence as one half of the pop rock duo Sonny & Cher with the success of their song "I Got You Babe" in 1965. She subsequently established herself as a solo recording artist, and became a television star in 1971 with The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, a variety show for which she won a Golden Globe. A well received performance in the film Silkwood earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1984. In the following years, Cher starred in a string of hit films[8] including Mask, The Witches of Eastwick, and Moonstruck, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1988.

Well known for her deep contralto vocal range,[9] Cher is the only female solo artist to reach the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in each of the previous four decades.[10] Her hit dance single "Believe" is her biggest-selling recording and was the best-selling single of 1999,[11] having sold over 10 million copies worldwide.[12] She holds the Hot 100 record for the longest hit-making career span, with 33 years between the release of her first and most recent #1 singles, in 1965 and 1999.[13] Cher ended her 3-year-long "Farewell Tour" in 2005 as the most successful tour by a female solo artist of all time.[14] With a career lasting over 45 years, Cher has sold over 100 million records worldwide.[15] After a three-year hiatus and retirement from touring, Cher returned to the stage in 2008 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where she is currently performing her show Cher at the Colosseum.

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