There are a handful of one named superstars in the world...and then there's CHER.

As a recording artist, live performer, TV star and Oscar-winner actress, she is truly peerless. Quite simply, Cher is a force of nature...eternally youthful and ever-vital as a creative, trend setting figure.

The seeds of Cher's career were sown in the 60's, when she began working as a session singer. She recorded with producer Phil Spector as a backing vocalist, having become romantically attached to his studio assistant and PR man, Sonny Bono. After releasing two singles under the name Caesar & Cleo, the duo eventually achieved international acclaim as Sonny & Cher. Sparkling with undeniable chemistry, the pair racked an armful of pop hits during the period, including timeless classics "The Beat Goes On" and "I Got You Babe," which became the theme to their hugely successful CBS television program, "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour." The show was an instant smash, firmly establishing Cher as both a singing sensation and as a comedic actress to be reckoned with.

Throughout this period, Cher also successfully pursued a solo recording career, scoring hits that include an earnest cover of the Byrds' "All I Really Want to do," the sultry "Bang Bang," "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves," "Half Breed," and "Dark Lady."

In 1981, the ride got even more interesting when Cher shifted her attention from music to another passion: acting. A leading role on Broadway in "Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" (1982) was followed by a critically praised turn in "Silkwood" (1983) that earned an Academy Award nomination. A stunning star turn in "Mask" (1985) followed by "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987) and "Suspect" (1987), clearly brought Cher to her acting peak as one of this country's finest actresses.

However, Cher's love of music never waned. For "Moonstruck" (1987), she won an Oscar for Best Actress and celebrated that honor with another recording comeback - courtesy of the rock-etched album Cher and the top-10 smash single "I Found Someone." In 1989, she enjoyed three more top-10 hits: the romantic power ballad "After All," a duet with Peter Cetera; the rock-fueled "If I Could Turn Back Time," which Cher sites as one of her "top-five favorite recordings;" and the clever, acoustic-framed "Just Like Jesse James." Her April 1991 "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" was the theme song to another screen appearance in "Mermaids."

None of this, however, could prepare the artist or the world for Believe - the song and album that would become one of the biggest hits of Cher's career to date. Considered indisputable proof of the superstar's transcendent popularity, the worldwide smash single topped the UK's pop charts for seven weeks in late 1998. "Believe," the single, holds the record as the biggest selling song in England by a female in the history of recorded music. In March 1999, "Believe" completed its long climb up the US Billboard Hot 100 to the very top.

Living Proof indeed.

*Courtesy of Warner Brothers

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