Cher: Her Career Then & Now

Cher performing on the Today show, 2013

23. August 2019 - 12:15 Uhr / Laura Pérez

Cher has built a very successful career as a singer but also as an actress. She is considered to be one of the greatest female artists of all time and we definitely agree on that!

Also known as "The Goddess of Pop" Cher has built an impressive professional career in the music industry. It all started in the mid 1960's when she was part of the folk rock duo Sonny & Cher, alongside her then husband, Sonny Bono; together they released the song I Got You Babe which reached number one on the American and British charts; by the end of 1967 the husband-wife duo had sold 40 million records worldwide. 

However, the 73-year-old singer made her major breakthrough as a solo artist in 1966 and released Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), her first million-seller track. During the 1970's she released numerous successful songs like Half-Breedand Dark Lady, and overall she has more than 20 studio albums, all of them highly acclaimed by audiences and music experts. In 1998 Cher released Believe, which is probably her most famous song - a dance-pop track that became the biggest-selling single of all time by a female artist and which earned her a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. The track was particularly appealing because it features the music effect auto-tune, also known as "the Cher effect."

Husband and wife singing duo Sonny and Cher at a press reception at Sybilla's in London

Cher has built an outstanding acting career

As an actress, Cher made her debut in the Broadway play Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, which opened her the doors to star in a series of films afterwards. She appeared in the 1983 movie Silkwood, and in the 1985 and 1987 films Mask and The Witches of Eastwickrespectively. However. her major achievement in the film industry was after portryaing "Loretta" in the 1987 romantic comedy Moonstruckwhich earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Fun fact: she wanted to play the role of "Morticia Addams" in The Addams Family, but Anjelica Huston was cast in the television show instead

Cher performing at the Super Bowl XXXIII, Miami, Florida, 1999

What is "the Goddess of Pop" Cher doing now?

In the past years Cher has released a couple of albums like Living Proof in 2001, Closer to the Truth in 2013, and Dancing Queen in 2018. Last year she returned to film starring the musical romantic comedy Mamma Mia! Here We Go Againwhere she shared credits with some celebrities like Meryl Streep, who is actually one of her best friends.

Since 1979 Cher has embarked on seven worldwide concert tours, she is currently touring across Oceania, Europe, and North America, as part of her Here We Go Again Tourwhich started in September 2018. Since 2017 she has also been performing at her concert residency called Classic Cher in Las Vegas, Oxon Hill, and Atlantic City, but sadly it will end next month.

Cher performing during her "Here We Go Again" tour in Melbourne, Australia, 2018

A little bit more about "The Goddess of Pop" Cher's career

-Cher is considered to be a gay icon due to her professional achievements, longevity and sense of style. She is often imitated by drag queens!

-People describe her as one of the strongest female figures in the male-dominated music industry

-She is an active philanthropist and has supported anti-poverty initiatives and children in vulnerable situations

-Cher used to live with rock star Gene Simmons of the American rock band Kiss

-She holds the record for oldest female artist with a number 1 hit which is Believe

Cher at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, 2018