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Name: Cherilyn Sarkissian                                                           
Also known as Cherylin, Bonnie Jo Mason                                             
Born: 20 May 1946 El Centro, California, U.S.                                       
Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian on May 20, 1946, later adopted by Gilbert LaPierre.)   
is an American singer, actress, songwriter, author and entertainer. Among           
her many career accomplishments in music, television and film, she has won an       
Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award and three Golden Globe Awards among     
Cher first rose to prominence in 1965 as one half of the pop/rock duo Sonny &       
Cher. She also established herself as a solo recording artist, releasing 25         
albums, contributing to numerous compilations, and tallying 34 Billboard Top 40     
entries over her career, both solo and with Sonny. These include eighteen Top 10     
singles and five number one singles (four solo). Cher has had 16 top ten hits in     
the UK between 1965 and 2003, four of which reached number one (two solo, one       
with Sonny, one as part of a charity single).                                       
She became a television star in the 1970s and a film actress in the 1980s. In       
1987, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the romantic       
comedy Moonstruck.                                                                   
In a career surpassing 40 years, Cher has been described as an enduring pop icon     
and one of the most popular female artists in music history. Since her debut         
in 1964, Cher has sold as a solo artist over 200 million records                     
and with duo Sonny and Cher over 75 million records becoming                         
one of the biggest-selling artists of all time.