Published On: Jun 10 2011 01:12:02 PM EDTUpdated On: Sep 23 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT
Cher, seen here in 2010's "Burlesque," is releasing her first new album in 12 years on September 24. To mark the release, join us for a look back at the monoymous singer/actress' career so far.
In the 1960s, Cher and her then-husband, Sonny Bono (see here with their daughter, Chastity), were a popular singing duo.
The duo's first big hit was "I Got You Babe," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1965. Cher was 19 at the time.
The pair tried their hand at movies in 1967, starring in the comedy spoof "Good Times," which was also the first film directed by William Friedkin ("The French Connection" and "The Exorcist.)
And, of course, they also sang in the movie and on the soundtrack.
Cher, who had wanted to be an actress from an early age, got a starring role in the 1969 cross-country drama "Chastity."
The film, which was written and produced by Sonny Bono, was, like "Good Times" before it, a commercial flop.
While Cher wouldn't grace the silver screen for another 13 years, she and Bono became TV stars, first in "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" (1971-74) and later in "The Sonny and Cher Show" (1976-77). In between, Cher had her own variety show, which ran for 21 episodes over two seasons.
Cher worked to establish herself as a solo artist in the 1970s, with her first solo No. 1 hit coming as title track from 1971's "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves."
In 1972, the pair was immortalized in an episode of "The New Scooby-Doo Movies" titled "The Secret of Shark Island."
Sonny and Cher's relationship fell apart in the 1970s. In 1975, Cher married Gregg Allman just three days after her divorce from Bono was finalized. Allman and Cher had a son, Elijah, and made a record together, "Two the Hard Way," before divorcing two years later.
Cher (center) returned to movies in 1982, starring in Robert Altman's "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean."
The movie was a first in a string of major acting roles for Cher. Her role as Meryl Streep's lesbian roommate in 1983's "Silkwood" earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and a win at the Golden Globes.
She followed "Silkwood" with 1985's "Mask," which was her first critical and commercial success as a leading actress.
Cher is seen here in 1986 after presenting the late Dom Ameche with his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in "Cocoon."
Cher took home her own Oscar two years later, winning the Best Actress statuette for her role in "Moonstruck" opposite Nicolas Cage, one of three Academy Awards the film won in 1988.
Cher also co-starred with Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer in 1987's "The Witches of Eastwick."
1987 also saw her return to singing, releasing the self-titled album "Cher," which featured the comeback single "I Found Someone" and went platinum with 7 million records sold.
She followed that up with 1989's "Heart of Stone," which featured the hit "If I Could Turn Back Time" and sold 11 million copies worldwide.
"Mermaids" in 1990 saw her co-star with Bob Hoskins and, in her first film role, Christina Ricci, as well as Winona Ryder.
Cher and Chazz Palminteri act in the 1996 movie "Faithful."
Wearing a Bob Macki gown, Cher arrives at the 70th annual Academy Awards on March 23, 1998.
Cher and U.S. Rep. Mary Bono pose with the newly-unveiled star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring Sonny and Cher during a ceremony on May 15, 1998. The honor came four months after Sonny Bono's death in a Lake Tahoe, Nev., skiing accident.
Cher sings the national anthem prior to Super Bowl XXXIII between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 31, 1999.
Cher had the biggest hit of her career with the title track of her 23rd studio album, "Believe." The album was the year's biggest seller and made Cher the oldest woman (at age 52) to have a No. 1 hit in the Hot 100 rock era.
Cher waves after receiving a triple platinum record award in Madrid, Spain, on Feb. 25, 1999. Cher got the award for selling over 300,000 copies of the "Believe" album in Spain. The album sold 20 million copies worldwide.
In 1999, Cher starred in Franco Zeffirelli's semi-autobiographical film "Tea with Mussolini."
Cher performs on stage at America West Arena in Phoenix on June 17, 1999, during the first stop of her "Do You Believe?" concert tour, which was her first tour in eight years.
Cher presents the Oscar in the category Best Original Song at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards on March 26, 2000. The Oscar was won by Phil Collins.
Mattel debuted its first-ever Cher doll on June 19, 2001.
Cher performs "This Is A Song for the Lonely" at the 29th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 9, 2002.
Celine Dion and Cher laugh during the finale of VH1's "Divas Las Vegas" show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 23, 2002.
Cher plays a version of herself in 2003's "Stuck on You," with the movie's version of the singer stuck in a lame TV show titled "Honey and the Beaz." The film's directors, The Farrelly Brothers, have also cast her as a nun in their upcoming "Three Stooges" film.
The pop singer-actress, who has had a No. 1 hit in every decade since the 60's on at least one Billboard chart, plays to a sold-out crowd in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 3, 2003, during her final farewell tour.
Greg Kinnear, Cher, Eva Mendes and Matt Damon pose at the Dec. 8, 2003, New York premiere of "Stuck On You."
Cher performs the last show of her three-year-long farewell tour at the Hollywood Bowl on April 30, 2005. She hasn't toured since, but did do 192 shows during a three-year residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from 2008-2011.
Cher poses backstage at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 11, 2008.
Cher and Christina Aguilera stand backstage at the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 17, 2010.
Cher presents the award for video of the year at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 13, 2010.
Cher accepts a Woman of the Year award at the 20th annual Glamour Magazine Women of the Year award ceremony in New York on Nov. 8, 2010.
Cher poses with her son, Chaz Bono, during her hand and footprint ceremony in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Nov. 18, 2010. (Chaz was previously known as Chastity, Cher's daughter.)
Cher poses with her mom, Georgia Holt, during her hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
Cher returned to the screen for the first time in seven years with 2010's "Burlesque," which co-starred fellow singer Christina Aguilera.
Cast members Cam Gigandet, Cher and Christina Aguilera pose for pictures as they arrive for the Berlin premiere of their movie "Burlesque" on Dec. 16, 2010.
Cher speaks at a pre-Grammys event honoring David Geffen held in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 12, 2011.
Cher arrives at the world premiere of the film "Zookeeper" in Los Angeles on July 6, 2011. She voiced a lioness in the movie.
Cher arrives at Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies in Hollywood on April 24, 2013. The event for fans celebrates classic films and Cher introduced her 1987 film "Moonstruck."
Cher's newest album, "Closer to the Truth," is set for a September 24 release and is her first new album in nearly 12 years.