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spotlight on... Cher.

Image: Music and movie diva. Best Known For: Her hit songs and plastic surgery. Early Life: Born Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPiere on May 20, 1946, in El Centro, California. Her father was Armenian, her mother part Cherokee. During her teens, Cher worked as a backing singer to help finance acting studies, during which she met producer Phil Spector. She fell in love with Sonny Bono, Spector's studio assistant and PR man, prompting them to record together as Caesar and Cleo. Career: As Sonny and Cher, the duo became pop icons and had their own TV show. She also maintained a solo career, including singles Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves, and Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down). After divorcing Sonny she concentrated on movies. In 1987, after acclaimed performances in Silkwood, Mask, The Witches of Eastwick, and Suspect, she won a Best Actress Oscar for Moonstruck. Cher has continued to enjoy a successful recording career and continues to act in such movies as Tea with Mussolini, Stuck On You and Burlesque. Love Life: Married Sonny Bono in 1963, father of her daughter Chastity, who is now called Chaz after undergoing a female-to-male gender transition. They divorced in 1975, and she wed Gregg Allman, with whom she had son Elijah Blue. They divorced in 1979. She's also dated actor Warren Beatty, Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, and Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora. She's rumoured to be dating comedy spotlight on... Cher writer Ron Zimmerman. Don't Mention: Dyslexia. She was undiagnosed until she was 30. Quote: "I haven't a clue why I've lasted so long. There's no reason. There are many people more talented than me. I think it's luck."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 20, 2011
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