Published On: Jun 10 2011 12:12:02 PM CDTUpdated On: May 20 2015 12:31:36 PM CDT
Cher, seen here in 2010's "Burlesque," turns 69 on May 20, 2015. As the mononymous singer/actress celebrates, take a look back at her career so far.
In the 1960s, Cher and her then-husband, Sonny Bono, were a popular singing duo. The duo's first big hit was "I Got You Babe," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1965. Cher was 19 at the time.
The pair tried their hand at movies in 1967, starring in the comedy spoof "Good Times," which was also the first film directed by William Friedkin ("The French Connection" and "The Exorcist.)
And, of course, they also sang in the movie and on the soundtrack.
Cher, who had wanted to be an actress from an early age, got a starring role in the 1969 cross-country drama "Chastity."
The film, which was written and produced by Sonny Bono, was, like "Good Times" before it, a commercial flop.
While Cher wouldn't grace the silver screen for another 13 years, she and Bono became TV stars, first in "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" (1971-74) and later in "The Sonny and Cher Show" (1976-77). In between, Cher had her own variety show, which ran for 21 episodes over two seasons.
Cher worked to establish herself as a solo artist in the 1970s, with her first solo No. 1 hit coming as title track from 1971's "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves."
In 1972, the pair was immortalized in an episode of "The New Scooby-Doo Movies" titled "The Secret of Shark Island."
Sonny and Cher's relationship fell apart in the 1970s. In 1975, Cher married Gregg Allman just three days after her divorce from Bono was finalized. Allman and Cher had a son, Elijah, and made a record together, "Two the Hard Way," before divorcing two years later.
Cher (center) returned to movies in 1982, starring in Robert Altman's "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean."
The movie was a first in a string of major acting roles for Cher. Her role as Meryl Streep's lesbian roommate in 1983's "Silkwood" earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and a win at the Golden Globes.
She followed "Silkwood" with 1985's "Mask," which was her first critical and commercial success as a leading actress.
Cher took home her own Oscar two years later, winning the Best Actress statuette for her role in "Moonstruck" opposite Nicolas Cage, one of three Academy Awards the film won in 1988.
Cher also co-starred with Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer in 1987's "The Witches of Eastwick."
1987 also saw her return to singing, releasing the self-titled album "Cher," which featured the comeback single "I Found Someone" and went platinum with 7 million records sold.
She followed that up with 1989's "Heart of Stone," which featured the hit "If I Could Turn Back Time" and sold 11 million copies worldwide.
"Mermaids" in 1990 saw her co-star with Bob Hoskins and, in her first film role, Christina Ricci, as well as Winona Ryder.
Cher had the biggest hit of her career with the title track of her 23rd studio album, 1998's "Believe." The album was the year's biggest seller and made Cher the oldest woman (at age 52) to have a No. 1 hit in the Hot 100 rock era.
In 1999, Cher starred in Franco Zeffirelli's semi-autobiographical film "Tea with Mussolini."
Cher sings the national anthem prior to Super Bowl XXXIII between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 31, 1999.
Mattel debuted its first-ever Cher doll on June 19, 2001.
Cher arrives at the Q Magazine Awards on Oct. 29, 2001, in London.
Cher performs "This Is A Song for the Lonely" at the 29th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 9, 2002.
Cher performs in an Elvis wig during VH1's "Divas Las Vegas" show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 23, 2002.
Cher performs in concert at the Staples Center on Dec. 2, 2002, in Los Angeles as part of her "Living Proof: The Farewell Tour," originally billed as the final live concert tour of her career. Originally scheduled for 49 shows, the worldwide tour was extended several times, eventually running for 326 dates and ending in 2005.
Cher plays a version of herself in 2003's "Stuck on You," with the movie's version of the singer stuck in a lame TV show titled "Honey and the Beaz." The film's directors, The Farrelly Brothers, have also cast her as a nun in their upcoming "Three Stooges" film.
Cher performs on stage at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 11, 2008.
She stayed off the road for nearly a decade, but in May 2008 began a three-year, 200-performance residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and in March 2014 returned to touring with her Dressed to Kill Tour.
Cher returned to the screen for the first time in seven years with 2010's "Burlesque," which co-starred fellow singer Christina Aguilera.
Cher and Christina Aguilera stand backstage at the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 17, 2010.
Cher poses with her son, Chaz Bono, during her hand and footprint ceremony in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Nov. 18, 2010. (Chaz was previously known as Chastity, Cher's daughter.)
Kathy Griffin and Cher arrives at the world premiere of the film "Zookeeper" in Los Angeles on July 6, 2011. Cher voiced a lioness in the movie.
Cher presents "Moonstruck" at Target Presents AFI's Night at the Movies at ArcLight Cinemas on April 24, 2013, in Hollywood, California.
Cher performs on stage as part of the 27th "Dance on the Pier" party during NYC Pride 2013 on June 30, 2013, in New York City.
Cher's released her most recent album, "Closer to the Truth," on Sept. 20, 2013. It was her 25th studio album and her first new album in nearly 12 years.
Cher performs during an April 2014 concert.
Cher attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015, in New York City.
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