How Cher has shifted pop culture

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.

Motherhood -
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.

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