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Retrieved February 6, During the United States presidential election , ABC News wrote that she was determined to do "whatever possible to keep him [Bush] out of office". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Her ability to carry both male and female ranges allowed her to sing solo in androgynous and gender-neutral songs. Cher embodies an unapologetic freedom and fearlessness that some of us can only aspire to.

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Despite appearances on television, the band failed to earn concert dates. A Celebration at Caesars aired on Lifetime in April Guarisco as "one of the more inspired rock duets of the s". With decreasing album sales and a lack of commercially successful singles, Cher decided to further develop her acting career.

That year, Altman cast her again in the film adaptation of the same title. Everyone told him not to cast me I am convinced that Bob was the only one who was brave enough to do it.

She recalls attending a film preview during which the audience laughed when they saw her name in the credits. In , Cher formed the film production company Isis. She attended the 58th Academy Awards in a tarantula-like costume "to show her scorn for the 'system'", according to authors James Parish and Michael Pitts. Cher's May guest appearance on talk show Late Night with David Letterman , during which she called Letterman "an asshole", attracted much media coverage; Letterman later recalled, "It did hurt my feelings.

Cher was one of the few people I've really wanted to have on the show I felt like a total fool, especially since I say all kinds of things to people.

According to Rolling Stone 's Andy Greene, "they weren't exactly the best of friends at this point, but both of them knew it would make for unforgettable television. Had YouTube existed back then, this would have gone insanely viral the next morning. By , Cher was receiving attention for her controversial lifestyle, including her tattoos, plastic surgeries, exhibitionist fashion sense, and affairs with younger men. Cher starred in three films in Along with Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer , she starred as one of three divorcees involved with a mysterious and wealthy visitor from hell who comes to a small New England town in the comedy horror The Witches of Eastwick.

The New York Times' Janet Maslin wrote Moonstruck "offers further proof that Cher has evolved into the kind of larger-than-life movie star who's worth watching whatever she does.

In , Cher signed with Geffen Records and revived her musical career with what music critics Johnny Danza and Dean Ferguson describe as "her most impressive string of hits to date", establishing her as a "serious rock and roller In her first film in three years, Mermaids , Cher paid tribute to her own mother in this story about a woman who moves her two daughters from town to town at the end of a love affair.

A New Attitude and CherFitness: In , Cher played the wife of a businessman who hires a hitman to murder her in the Chazz Palminteri -scripted dark comedy film Faithful. Although the film received negative reviews from critics, Cher was praised for her role; [] The New York Times ' Janet Maslin wrote that she "does her game best to find comic potential in a victim's role.

Following Sonny Bono's death in a skiing accident in , Cher delivered a tearful eulogy at his funeral, calling him "the most unforgettable character" she had met. Cher Remembers , which aired on May 20, She told Rolling Stone , "I couldn't ignore it, could I? I might have if I cared more about what people think than what I know is right for me.

Cher's 22nd studio album Believe marked a musical departure for her, as it comprises dance-pop songs, many of which capture the "disco-era essence"; Cher said, "It's not that I think this is a '70s album Cher was named the number-one dance artist of by Billboard. For Cher is a star. That is, she manages the movie star trick of being at once a character and at the same time never allowing you to forget: As the album was rejected by her record label for being uncommercial, she chose to sell it only on her website.

In the song "Sisters of Mercy", she criticized as "cruel, heartless and wicked" the nuns who prevented her mother from retrieving her from a Catholic orphanage.

The Catholic church denounced the song. Cher's highly anticipated dance-oriented follow-up to Believe , [] Living Proof , entered the Billboard at number nine [] and was certified gold by the RIAA. In June , Cher embarked on the Living Proof: The Farewell Tour , [] announced as the final live concert tour of her career, although she vowed to continue making records and films.

Initially scheduled for 49 shows, [] the worldwide tour was extended several times. Records in September Cher's date Farewell Tour ended in as one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time, seen by over 3. In Burlesque , Cher's first musical film, the actress plays a nightclub impresario whom a young Hollywood hopeful is looking to impress. One of the two songs she recorded for the film's soundtrack , the power ballad " You Haven't Seen the Last of Me ", [] reached number one on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart in January , making Cher the only artist to date to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in six consecutive decades, from the s to the s.

Closer to the Truth , Cher's 25th studio album and the first since 's Living Proof , entered the Billboard at number three in October , her highest position on that chart to date. It became the event's first sellout in five years. Credited as Bonnie Jo Mason, she uses an alias of hers originated in In , Cher returned to film for her first on-screen role in eight years, starring in the romantic musical comedy film Mamma Mia!

It becomes clear that every single movie—no matter how flawless—would be infinitely better if it included Cher. It's her song now. Tickets sold out within three hours after she hinted her performance on her Twitter account. It's been 13 years since I toured there so I thought 'let's do it one more time. While promoting Mamma Mia! With first-week sales of , units, it earned the year's biggest sales week for a pop album by a female artist, as well as Cher's largest sales week since On November 20, , Cher used Twitter to announce plans for two new albums to be released in Written by Rick Elice , it features three actresses playing Cher during different stages of her life.

Cher has employed various musical styles, including folk rock , pop rock , power ballads, disco, new wave music , rock music , punk rock , arena rock , and hip hop; [] she said she has done this to "remain relevant and do work that strikes a chord". Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times writes, "There were a lot of great records by female singers in the early days of rock None, however, reflected the authority and command that we associate with rock 'n' roll today as much as [Cher's] key early hits".

Her ability to carry both male and female ranges allowed her to sing solo in androgynous and gender-neutral songs. Cher has a contralto singing voice, [] described by author Nicholas E.

Tawa as "bold, deep, and with a spacious vibrato ". Writing about Cher's musical output during the s, Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times stated that "Rock was subsequently blessed with the staggering blues exclamations of Janis Joplin in the late '60s and the raw poetic force of Patti Smith in the mid-'70s.

Yet no one matched the pure, seductive wallop of Cher". The song "Believe" has an electronic vocal effect proposed by Cher, [] and was the first commercial recording to feature Auto-Tune —an audio processor originally intended to disguise or correct off-key inaccuracies in vocal music recordings—as a deliberate creative effect; according to Rolling Stone' s Christopher R.

In an interview in , Cher reflected on how her voice had evolved during the course of her career, eventually getting stronger and suppler over the years. While she didn't really like it at the beginning, working with vocal coaches had made a significant difference; she stated in the Toronto Sun: Maclean's magazine's Barbara Wickens wrote, "Cher has emerged as probably the most fascinating movie star of her generation She wears her vulnerability on her sleeve.

Author Yvonne Tasker, in her book Working Girls: Gender and Sexuality in Popular Cinema , notes that Cher's film roles often mirrors her public image as a rebellious, sexually autonomous, and self-made woman. For Moonstruck , Cher was ranked 1st on Billboard' s list of "The Best Acting Performances by Musicians in Movies", and her performance was described as "the standard by which you mentally check all others".

Cher's public image is also reflected in her music videos and live performances, in which she "repeatedly comments on her own construction, on her search for perfection and on the performance of the female body", wrote Tasker.

She's comfortable enough to see such imitation as flattery, not theft. Time magazine's Cady Lang described Cher as a "cultural phenomenon [who] has forever changed the way we see celebrity fashion. She's a high-fashion star who appeals to people of all ages. In May , after the Council of Fashion Designers of America recognized Cher with an award for her influence on fashion, Robin Givhan of the Los Angeles Times called her a "fashion visionary" for "striking just the right note of contemporary wretched excess".

They're trying to share the spotlight, to have Cher's success. Cher has attracted media attention for her physical appearance—particularly her youthful looks and her tattoos. Journalists have often called her the "poster girl" of plastic surgery. Identity Construction in Contemporary Culture , draws a parallel between Cher's plastic surgeries and the transformations in her career: It is hyperbolic, extreme, over the top Cher has engaged in a transformational technology that is dramatic and irreversible.

Explorations of Some Tensions Between Foucault and Feminism , wrote that "Cher's operations have gradually replaced a strong, decidedly 'ethnic' look with a more symmetrical, delicate, 'conventional' In , Madame Tussauds wax museum honored Cher as one of the five "most beautiful women of history" by creating a life-size statue. Cher has six tattoos. The Baltimore Sun called her the "Ms. That was exactly the effect Cher wanted to create. She liked to do things for the shock they created.

She'll create some controversy and then tell her critics to stick it. She commented, "When I got tattooed, only bad girls did it: Now it doesn't mean anything. Cher's presence on social media has drawn analysis from journalists. Time named her " Twitter 's most outspoken and beloved commentator". In her own way, Cher is an outlier, perhaps the last unreconstructed high-profile Twitter user to stand at her digital pulpit and yell somewhat incomprehensibly, and be rewarded for it. Online, authenticity and originality are often carefully curated myths.

Cher thrives on a version of nakedness and honesty that is rarely celebrated in the public eye. The reverence held for Cher by members of the LGBT community has been attributed to her career accomplishments, her sense of style, and her longevity.

Cher's primary philanthropic endeavors have included support of health research and patients' quality of life, anti-poverty initiatives, veterans rights, and vulnerable children.

Beginning in , Cher served as a donor and as the National Chairperson and Honorary Spokesperson for the Children's Craniofacial Association, whose mission is to "empower and give hope to facially disfigured children and their families". She supports and promotes Get A-Head Charitable Trust, which aims to improve the quality of life for people with head and neck diseases.

Cher has been a vocal supporter of American soldiers and returning veterans. She has contributed resources to Operation Helmet, an organization that provides free helmet upgrade kits to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

She has contributed to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which serves military personnel who have been disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and those severely injured in other operations. Cher has engaged in the construction of houses with Habitat for Humanity and served as the Honorary National Chair of a Habitat's elimination of poverty housing initiative "Raise the Roof", an effort to engage artists in the organization's work while on tour.

In , Cher became the primary supporter of the Peace Village School PVS in Ukunda , Kenya, which "provides nutritious food, medical care, education and extracurricular activities for more than orphans and vulnerable children, ages 2 to 13 years.

In , after the discovery of lead contamination in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan , Cher donated more than , bottles of water to the city as part of a partnership with Icelandic Glacial. Cher's older child, Chaz Bono born Chastity Bono , first came out as a lesbian at age 17, which reportedly caused Cher to feel "guilt, fear and pain".

Cher has said that she is not a registered Democrat, but has attended many Democratic conventions and events. In an interview with Vanity Fair , she was critical of a variety of political topics, including Republican politicians like Sarah Palin and Jan Brewer. Bush "almost killed [her]". During the United States presidential election , ABC News wrote that she was determined to do "whatever possible to keep him [Bush] out of office".

You won't have one fucking right left. I don't trust him. I don't like his record. On October 27, , Cher anonymously called a C-SPAN phone-in program to recount a visit she made to maimed soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and criticized the lack of media coverage and government attention given to injured servicemen. Although she identified herself as an unnamed entertainer, she was recognized by the C-SPAN host, who subsequently questioned her about her support for independent presidential candidate Ross Perot.

She said, "When I heard him talk right in the beginning, I thought that he would bring some sort of common-sense business approach and also less partisanship, but then I was completely disappointed like everyone else when he just kind of cut and run and no one knew exactly why Maybe he couldn't have withstood all the investigation that goes on now". Bob Meaders, the founder of Operation Helmet.

They do what they're told to do. They do it with a really good heart. They do the best they can. They don't ask for anything. Cher supported Hillary Clinton in her presidential campaign. Senate candidate who suggested that pregnancies resulting from rape were "part of God's plan". In September , Cher declined an invitation to perform at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Russia due to the country's controversial anti-gay legislation that overshadowed preparations for the event.

Forbes declared Cher as "the most famous chanteuse and performer of our time". Dazed magazine's Shon Faye elaborates: Cher has repeatedly reinvented herself through various personas, [] for which Professor Richard Aquila from Ball State University called her "the ultimate pop chameleon".

But in Cher's case, it is particularly apt [because she] is inclined to lock on to each new fashion wave [and] is swept violently down the diffusion stream and out of fashion. Only substantial re-creation permits her to return to stardom. Then she worked hard to become an actress. Even when she needed money, she turned down movie roles that weren't right for her.

Her goal has always been to be a good actress, not just a rich and famous one. Cher's "ability to forge an immensely successful and lengthy career as a woman in a male-dominated entertainment world" [] has drawn attention from feminist critics. Stephanie Brush from The New York Times wrote, following the telecast of Cher's Oscar win in , that she "performs the function for women moviegoers that Jack Nicholson has always fulfilled for men. Free of the burden of ever having been America's sweetheart, she is the one who represents us [women] in our revenge fantasies, telling all the fatheads You need to be more than beautiful to get away with this.

You need to have been Cher for 40 years. Alec Mapa of The Advocate elaborates: Cher embodies an unapologetic freedom and fearlessness that some of us can only aspire to. Because her motto is, 'I don't give a shit what you think, I'm going to wear this multicolored wig. Cher does it for us. She has been a teenage pop star, a television hostess, a fashion magazine model, a rock star, a pop singer, a Broadway actress, an Academy Award-winning movie star, a disco sensation, and the subject of a mountain of press coverage.

Cher is the only artist to date to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in six consecutive decades, from the s to the s. Billboard Hot number-one singles over the longest period of time in history: In , Cher appeared at number 41 on VH1's list of "The Greatest Pop Culture Icons", which recognizes "the folks that have significantly inspired and impacted American society". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Cher as a gay icon. This is the latest accepted revision , reviewed on 11 January For other uses, see Cher disambiguation.

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