Cher, born Cheryl Sarkisian LaPiere on May 20, 1946, is an American pop/rock singer, songwriter, actress, director, author and all-around entertainer. Through her achievements in music, television and film, she has won an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy and 3 Golden Globe Awards, among others. She first rose to prominence in the mid 1960s as one half of the pop/rock duo Sonny & Cher. She also established herself as a solo artist, releasing 26 albums, numerous compilations and achieving 22 Top 40 hits, (including 12 Top 10 and 4 #1 hits) over her career. She became a successful television star in the 1970s and a serious film actress in the 1980s. In 1988, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the romantic comedy Moonstruck. In a career that has now surpassed 40 years, Cher has emerged a pop-culture icon and one of the most enduring and respected entertainers of her time..
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