Of all the mononymous (single name) celebrities out there, few can match the success of Cher. Born Cherilyn Sarkisian, she first rose to stardom as the female lead in a singing duo with friend and future husband Sonny Bono. With Sonny & Cher's success in music, they eventually started The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, which ran for 4 seasons starting in 1971. The two eventually divorced in 1975, but remained friends until his death in 1998. Cher went on to have a successful acting career, winning an Academy Award, three Golden Globes and an Emmy on various projects.
Cher (born Cheryl Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American recording artist, television personality, actress, director, record producer, and philanthropist. Referred to as the Goddess of Pop, she has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globes, and a Cannes Film Festival Award for her work in film, music, and television. She is the only person in history to receive all of these awards. She began her career as a backup singer and came to prominence in 1965 as one-half of the pop rock duo Sonny & Cher with the success of their song 'I Got You Babe'. She subsequently established herself as a solo recording artist and became a television star in 1971 with The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, a variety show for which she won a Golden Globe. A well-received performance in the film Silkwood earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress of 1983.
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