She changed her name to Georgia Holt and played minor roles in films and on television. Holt also secured acting parts for her daughters as extras on television shows like The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. She organized a group of girls, directing and choreographing their dance routines.
Unable to convince boys to participate, she acted the male roles and sang their songs. By age nine, she had developed an unusually low voice. Cher began to take after the unconventional outfits and behavior of Hepburn's character.
I didn't think I'd be a singer or dancer. I just thought, well, I'll be famous. That was my goal. The school's upper-class environment presented a challenge for Cher; biographer Connie Berman wrote, "[she] stood out from the others in both her striking appearance and outgoing personality. She was so special She was like a movie star, right then and there She said she was going to be a movie star and we knew she would.
She earned high grades, excelling in French and English classes. As an adult, she discovered that she had dyslexia.
Cher achieved notoriety for her unconventional behavior: I was always thinking about when I was grown up and famous. Solo career breakthrough[ edit ] At age 16, Cher dropped out of school, left her mother's house, and moved to Los Angeles with a friend.
She took acting classes and worked to support herself, dancing in small clubs along Hollywood's Sunset Strip and introducing herself to performers, managers, and agents. Cher disguised her nervousness by looking at Sonny; she later commented that she sang to the people through him. Billboard Hot in When competition on the singles charts started between Cher and the Byrds, the group's record label began to promote the B-side of the Byrds' single.
We didn't want to hassle. So we just turned our record over. Backlash from the younger generation, first marriage[ edit ] Cher on the set of the television series The Man from U. According to Berman, "the heavy, loud sound of groups like Jefferson Airplane and Cream made the folk-rock music of Sonny and Cher seem too bland.
Left to myself, I would have changed with the times because the music really turned me on. But Son[ny] didn't like it—and that was that.
Sonny and Cher had been dropped from Atco; however, the label wanted to sign Cher for a solo album.
According to People magazine, "[Sonny] tried desperately to win her back, telling her he wanted to marry and start a family. Written and directed by Sonny, who did not appear in the movie, it tells the story of a young woman, played by Cher, searching for the meaning of life. However, some critics noted that Cher showed signs of acting potential;  Cue magazine wrote, "Cher has a marvelous quality that often makes you forget the lines you are hearing.
Then Cher started heckling back. Because it was a ratings success, the couple returned that December with a full-time show. According to Berman, they "exuded an aura of warmth, playfulness, and caring that only enhanced their appeal. Viewers were further enchanted when a young Chastity also appeared on the show.
They seemed like a perfect family. Written by Sonny, who felt that her first solo single on the label had to be poignant and topical, the song was rejected by radio station programmers as uncommercial.
He produced Cher's first U. Garrett knew more about Cher's voice and her persona as a singer than Sonny did", writes Bego. Although Garrett did not have Cher as a client at the time, he was convinced that "it's a smash for Cher and for nobody else", so he held the song for months until he got Cher back. We were on the road Divorce from Sonny Bono, second marriage, decline of popularity[ edit ] Cher performing with David Bowie on the Cher show, Cher and Sonny had marital problems since late , but appearances were maintained until It was canceled after 13 weeks.
Records ,  and she began work on her first album under that label in According to Bego, "it was their intention that [this album] was going to make millions of fans around the world take her seriously as a rock star, and not just a pop singer. Image, not music, is Cher Bono's main ingredient for both records and TV.
Cher without Sonny, on the other hand, could be the best thing that's happened to weekly television this season. Although the show was a ratings success on its premiere,  Cher and Sonny's insulting onscreen banter about their divorce,  her reportedly extravagant lifestyle, and her troubled relationship with Allman caused a public backlash  that eventually contributed to the show's cancellation in August Their relationship ended following the release of the album,  and their divorce was finalized in Special  and Cher Second musical comeback, shift from disco music to rock[ edit ] Cher performing in Las Vegas, A single mother with two children, Cher realized that she had to make a choice about the direction of her singing career.
Deciding to temporarily abandon her desire to be a rock singer, she signed with Casablanca Records and launched a comeback with the single " Take Me Home " and the album of the same name , both of which capitalized on the disco craze. It's great music to dance to. I think that danceable music is what everybody wants. The song exploits the late s roller-skating fad and contributed to its popularity. Although Cher was the lead singer, she did not receive top billing because she wanted to create the impression that all band members were equal.
Since she was easily recognized when she performed with the band, she developed a punk look by cutting her trademark long hair. 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". Film career breakthrough, musical hiatus[ edit ] 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. 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. Film stardom, third musical comeback[ edit ] 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.