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  • Cher’s career has spanned more than six decades, making her one of the top-selling recording artists in history. Aside from accolades in the music industry, the singer has also made a name for herself in film, television and on stage. Cher doesn’t shy away from controversy; her outspoken activism and over-the-top fashion choices have only furthered her status as an icon. </br></br>Singer and actress Cher poses for a portrait in Paris, Oct. 10, 2013.
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  • With aspirations of breaking into the entertainment industry, Cher dropped out of high school and moved to Hollywood. </br></br>Cher poses for homecoming yearbook photo during her freshman year at Montclair College Preparatory School in Woodland Hills, California, in 1961.
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  • Cher met Sonny at coffee shop while trying to break into the entertainment industry. The duo would soar to the top of the charts with their hit song, "I Got You Babe." </br></br>Cher and Sonny Bono perform together during an episode of the "Kraft Music Hall," Oct. 25, 1967.
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  • By the end of the '60's Sonny and Cher's musical stardom started to fizzle out. The pair created a variety show for television with comedic banter and cabaret acts that would run for four seasons and earn an Emmy nomination. </br></br>Pop singer and actress Cher brushes her hair backstage in her dressing room, circa 1968.
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  • Cher sits behind a desk with Mr. Waldorf, Mildred Huxletter, Sam the Eagle, and Kermit the Frog in a skit on "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour."
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  • The variety show was well-received and earned Cher her first Golden Globe for best actress in a television musical or comedy series. </br></br>Sonny Bono, left, and Cher, both wearing elaborate dresses, appear in a scene from their television variety program, "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour," circa 1971.
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  • While in front of the camera, the couple's relationship appeared strong and sturdy, but behind the scenes, the duo strived to build their own solo careers. </br></br>Married singing and acting duo Sonny Bono and Cher appear with their daughter, Chastity Bono, now known as Chaz Bono, on an episode of their television variety show "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour," Dec. 17, 1971.
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  • By the end of 1974, Sonny and Cher's relationship was crumbling as both strived for careers apart from each other. </br></br>Cher poses for a portrait for "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour," circa 1972.
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  • Cher and comedian Redd Foxx dress up as turkeys in a skit on the television variety show, "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour," circa 1972. Cher's husband and co-host Sonny Bono is visible in a hat and sunglasses behind Foxx.
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  • Cher and Gregg Allman were married in 1975, just days after her divorce from Sonny Bono was finalized. </br></br>Singer and actress Cher poses for a portrait with fellow musician, Gregg Allman.
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  • Pop singers Cher and Elton John pose for a portrait backstage at an awards show, circa 1975.
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  • Cher's marriage to Allman ended in 1977, shortly after their son was born. </br></br>Cher and her son, Elijiah Blue Allman, pose for a photograph, March 9, 1977, at Cher's Beverly Hills home.
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  • The cast of the Broadway show "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" celebrate the debut of the play backstage at New York's Martin Beck Theatre, Feb. 19, 1982. From left are Sandy Dennis, Cher (who is making her Broadway debut) and Karen Black.
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  • Known for her lavish looks and over-the-top outfits, Cher attended the '86 Oscars in a black, beaded Bob Mackie dress with two-foot tall headdress and cape. </br></br>Cher attends the 58th annual Academy Awards, March 24, 1986, in Los Angeles.
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  • Based on the John Updike novel of the same name, "The Witches of Eastwick" is a tale of three friends who have no idea they are witches as they try to fulfill their dreams of finding the ideal man. Cher portrays Alexandra Medford, a single mother and sculptor. </br></br>Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer pose for a promotional portrait for the film, "The Witches of Eastwick."
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  • "Moonstruck" is the story of a woman who falls for the brother of the man she is supposed to marry. </br></br>Cher, as Loretta Castorini, and Nicolas Cage, as Ronny Cammareri, perform in a scene from "Moonstruck." </br></br> The role would earn Cher her first Academy Award for best actress.
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  • "Mermaids" focuses on a single mother, played by Cher, who moves her family to a small New England town in search of something better. </br></br>Cher makes an entrance as Mrs. Flax in a scene from "Mermaids." </br></br>Cher’s single off the soundtrack, "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss),” would also get her back on the Top 40 charts.
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  • Cher performs on stage during her "Love Hurts” tour at the Wembley Arena, May 6, 1992, in London.
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  • After delivering a tearful eulogy about her former husband and musical partner, Sonny Bono, Cher places a rose on his casket, Jan. 9, 1998, at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, Calif. Bono, a former congressman, was killed in a skiing accident.
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  • Singer Cher performs the National Anthem before the start of Super Bowl XXXIII, Jan. 31, 1999, at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida.
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  • "Believe" was Cher's 22nd studio album and thrusted her back onto the pop charts. It earned her a Grammy award, among others, and became one if her biggest hits. </br></br>Cher performs on stage during her "Do You Believe?" tour at the Wembley Arena, Oct. 15, 1999, in London.
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  • Over the years, Cher has been an outspoken liberal voice, publically criticizing the conservative movement and former President George W. Bush. </br></br>Former First Lady Hillary Clinton speaks onstage with her daughter, Chelsea, left, and Cher at her 53rd birthday celebration at the Rosebud Club in New York City, Oct. 25, 2000.
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  • Cher established a charitable foundation to support international causes such as Operation Helmet and other programs that give aid to veterans and children with disabilities. </br></br>Singer Cher supports retired Navy Medical Corps Capt. Bob Meader, founder of Operation Helmet, not pictured, at a House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee hearing on the use of combat helmets, vehicle armor, and body armor by ground forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
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  • Singer Cher performs live on stage at Wembley Arena in London, May 21, 2004, as part of "The Farewell Tour."
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  • Cher presses her hands in cement during a ceremony in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, Nov. 18, 2010.
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  • Chaz Bono and his mother, Cher, attend the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards presented by Ketel One and Wells Fargo held at Westin Bonaventure Hotel, April 21, 2012, in Los Angeles.
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  • Cher has been revered as an icon in the LBGT community for her perseverance and style, as well as her support of her son Chaz’s transition. </br></br>Cher performs on stage as part of the 27th "Dance on the Pier" party during NYC Heritage of Pride 2013 in New York City.
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  • Cher performs onstage during her "Dressed To Kill" tour opener at the US Airways Center, March 22, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona.
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  • Cher attends the Women's March on Washington rally on Jan. 21, 2017, in Washington, DC.
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