1. Cher Sarkisian, born in 1946, had her name legally changed to just Cher in 1978.

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2. She was put into foster care when her parents were stricken with poverty

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3. Cher never graduated from high school, suffering from undiagnosed dyslexia as a child

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4. When she was a teenager, Cher was arrested for stealing a car: She was watching a friend’s car while he was running an errand and when he took too long, she decided to take it to the drive-in theater.

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5. Before becoming famous, Cher worked as a background vocalist. She sang in many Phil Spector-produced hits such as Be My Baby, by The Ronettes, The Crystals’ Da Do Ron Ron, and the Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ among others.

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6. Cher put out a few records of her own before becoming part of the successful Sonny and Cher duo with husband Sonny Bono. Her first single was 1964’s Ringo, I Love You, released under the stage name Bonnie Jo Mason

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7. She turned down the part of Thelma in Thelma & Louise. The role later went to Geena Davis

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8. Cher’s successful career is a testament of longevity. She is the only female artist in history to have had  No. 1 singles in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s in the US.
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9. Cher has been honored with over 250 worldwide industry awards for her work in music, television and film.

She has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, making her one of few artists to have received those honors.

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10. From 2008 to 2011, Cher performed a concert series entitled Cher at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

She released Closer to the Truth in 2013 at the age of 67.

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US singer and actress Cher poses on October 10, 2013 in Paris.    AFP PHOTO FRANCOIS GUILLOT        (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

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