Cher is an icon, which is why she only needs the one name. She’s Cher!
I mean, she does have a full name. She was born Cherilyn Sarkisian, to a truck driver and a bit actress. We just all know her, simply, as “Cher.”
But what do we really know about this singer, songwriter, actor, and all-around amazing idol? We know that she’s had a career of some ups and downs, but that she’s still performing for huge crowds at the age of 71. We know that she’s been a style icon for decades, and we know that her music will stand the test of time.
But there’s more to Cher than meets the eye. How did she grow up? What goes on in her day-to-day life? These are the questions that true Cher fans ask themselves.
These 10 facts about Cher will help you get more acquainted with the superstar.
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1. She Started As An Extra For TV
When she was just a little girl, Cher started her career along with her little sister as an extra on TV shows like The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Cher’s mother, Georgia Holt, was also a bit actress and occasional model. She was able to secure the parts for her children.
2. She Once Stayed At An Orphanage For Several Weeks
Cher and her mother are and always have been very close, but times weren’t always easy. Cher remembers having to keep her shoes together with rubber bands while moving all over the country, hoping her mother would make ends meet.
There was a period of time when Georgia had to leave her daughter at an orphanage for a few weeks. The experience was traumatizing for both of them, as documented by Cheryl Napsha and Connie Berman, authors of Cher.
These days, you can find Cher and her mother posing for pictures together, all smiles!
3. She Found Her Cat Under A Truck On Tour
4. Sonny Didn't Want To Change With The Times
In Cher’s book The First Time, she says that when tastes were shifting to heavier rock music with the likes of Zeppelin and Cream, she was game to move in that direction. In fact, she really liked the heavier feel.
However, her husband Sonny was set on keeping their original image. Ultimately, their clean-cut image and sound caused them to lose their previously strong fan base.
5. She Thinks David Letterman Is In Love With Her
Cher once told US Weekly that she is convinced that former late night TV host David Letterman is in love with her. No word from David on how true this hunch is.
6. While She Looks Amazing, She's Not Keen On Aging
As incredible as Cher looks, and as much as it seems that she’s found some magical way to turn back time, she told CBS about how much she doesn’t like aging. This may seem surprising at first, but really, it just proves that she’s no different than the rest of us.
7. She Doesn't "Need To Be In A Hall To Rock"
Cher, for some reason unbeknownst to us, has not been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She’s taken a pretty rock ‘n’ roll attitude towards it, though, telling CBS, “I don’t need to be in a hall to rock.”
She knows what she’s worth — and that she’s the only artist to ever have a #1 Billboard hit on at least one chart for six straight decades. Who needs ’em, anyway?
8. Illness Temporarily Sent Her Career In A Different Direction
When Cher contracted Epstein–Barr virus in the early 1990s, she was too weak to continue with the busy and taxing music and film career she’d started. To pay the bills, she started doing infomercials.
The public took hold of this and turned her into the queen of infomercials. Cher had no idea that taking these jobs would essentially strip her of everything else she’d accomplished up to that point, such as performing with David Bowie in the 1970s.
Many thought that her career was over. Little did they know how wrong they were.
9. She's Worth $305 Million
10. She And Meryl Streep Are Basically Superheroes
In her interview in Us Weekly, Cher says that she and Meryl once saved a young woman from getting mugged in New York City.
I can totally picture that happening in my head, no stretch of the imagination needed, as they both seem like very strong and kind women.
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