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CHER

CHER: Born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California, on May 20, 1946. Her father, John Sarkisian, was an Armenian American and her mother, Georgia Holt, was an aspiring actress and model with Irish, English, German and Cherokee descent. Cher rose to stardom with her husband Sonny Bono. Their act became famous as Sonny and Cher, hitting the charts with their hit in 1965, "I Got You Babe." They also had their own television series from 1971 to 1974, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. They divorced in 1975 and Cher went out on her own, staring in several Movies and Broadway acts, and recording several albums. She won an Oscar for Moonstruck and is the only artist to have notched a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades. She has won an Academy, a Grammy, three Golden Globes, and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her work in film, music and television. She is the only person in history to receive all of these awards.