Read CNN’s Fast Facts for a look at the life of singer and actress Cher.
Birth name: Cherilyn Sarkisian
Father: John Sarkisian, truck driver
Mother: Georgia Holt, model
Marriages: Gregg Allman (1975-1979, divorced); Sonny Bono (1969-1975, divorced)
Children: with Gregg Allman: Elijah Blue; with Sonny Bono: Chaz
Other Facts: Dropped out of school and moved to Los Angeles at age 16. Soon afterward, she met Sonny Bono, 11 years her senior.
Bono worked for record producer Phil Spector and got Cher work as a backup singer.
After Cher’s first single, ” Ringo, I Love You” flopped, Bono and Cher formed a duo called Caesar and Cleo.
Has dated celebrities including Gene Simmons, Val Kilmer, Tom Cruise and Richie Sambora.
During the mid-1970s, Cher dated entertainment mogul David Geffen, who helped her end her business relationship with Bono.
Is known for her flamboyant style.
Between 1965 and 1999 Cher had five number one hits; four as a solo artist and one with Bono.
Winner of one and nominated for seven Grammy Awards.
Winner of one and nominated for two Academy Awards.

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