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When she was just 16 years old, Cherilyn Sarkisian—known to millions as Cher—dropped out of high school and moved to Hollywood with dreams of becoming a star. There she met a 28-year-old songwriter who changed her life forever. His name was Sonny Bono.

Calling themselves Caesar and Cleo, they began making music together. After years of recording and touring, they married and became the worldwide sensation known as Sonny & Cher. By 1971, millions were tuning in every week to watch their hit television show, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.

When they divorced in 1975, Cher's beat went on without Sonny. Throughout the '70s, she wowed fans with extravagant outfits, outrageous hairdos and hits like "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves."

In the '80s, Cher traded in her glittery disco duds for fishnets and leather. She reinvented herself as a rocker with the release of the anthem "If I Could Turn Back Time." During the next decade, she topped the charts with "Believe," the best-selling pop single of her career.

To this day, Cher is the only female artist to have a top 10 hit in every decade for the past 40 years. She's also a Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe and Oscar® winner.

At age 61, Cher's showing no signs of slowing down.
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FROM: Oprah, Cher and Tina Turner at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
Published on May 30, 2008

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