Early days - Cher didn't have an easy childhood, raised mostly by a single mother in different states across America. Inspired by 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (1961).
Moving to L.A. -
At the age of 16, Cher dropped out of school and moved to LA with a friend. She danced in clubs along Sunset Strip, and took acting classes too.
Cher meets Sonny - In 1962, Cher met Sonny Bono, who was working for influential producer Phil Spector.
'Be My Baby' - Bono introduced Cher to the producer, who got Cher and Sonny to sing on hit songs like 'Be My Baby' by The Ronettes.
Falling in love - Cher's first single was 'Ringo, I Love You,' dedicated to Ringo Starr. However, she was actually falling in love with Sonny.
Look at them - The duo married in 1964, and released their debut album 'Look at Us' just one year later.
'I Got You Babe' -
The record featured their first hit, 'I Got You Babe,' which went number one in America and the United Kingdom. Reminder: Cher was just 19 years old.
Smash hit - The song made stars out of Sonny and Cher, and became their signature tune.
The couple welcomed their only child in 1969. Chaz is transgender and began his transition in 2008, releasing a documentary on his journey called 'Becoming Chaz' in 2011.
Onto the small screen - After a string of successful singles and albums, Sonny and Cher got into the world of TV. 'The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour' aired from 1971 to 1974.
Divorce - It seemed to be plain sailing for Sonny and Cher, but the couple got a shock divorce in 1975, surprising fans and the worldwide press.
Cher as solo star - Sonny and Cher were big, but it was her time to establish herself as a solo star.
The 'Cher' show - In 1975, the same year as her divorce, Cher was given her own hour-long show, titled 'Cher.' Here she is performing with David Bowie on the show.
Move to the big screen - In the '80s, Cher got a proper start to her movie career. She starred in such films as 'Silkwood' (1983), 'Mask' (1985), and 'Suspect' (1987).
Iconic look at the Oscars - Cher wasn't just content with an Emmy, and wore this iconic outfit to the 1986 Academy Awards.
Major success -
The tour was a huge success, with televised specials, CDs, DVDs, and concert dates around the world. It was soon followed up by the Love Hurts tour in 1991.
Concert queen - This signified the start of Cher's reign as a concert queen, with hugely successful tours through the '90s and the 21st century.
'Believe' - Cher is partly responsible for a shift in global modern music. It started in 1998, when she released 'Believe,' featuring auto-tuned vocals.