Auguri Cher, la barbie della musica spegne 70 candeline - FOTO

Auguri Cher, la barbie della musica spegne 70 candeline - FOTO
Cher sul palco durante il tour "Dressed 2 Kill" allo Staples Center, luglio 2014 a Los Angeles, California.

Roma - Non c'è niente che Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre, in arte Cher, non abbia fatto o sperimentato nel corso dei suoi 50 anni di carriera. La cantante californaina compie oggi 70 anni. Cantautrice, attrice, produttrice e presentatrice televisiva ha raggiunto il successo planetario grazie alle sue doti artistiche, ma anche per la sua forte personalità e i look trasgressivi e fuori dalle righe. La trasformista, barbie della musica, ha sempre avuto uno stile personale, spesso visionario e anticipatore delle nuove tendenze. "Vorrei mostrare cosa penso sia una donna che abbia il completo controllo delle proprie azioni e la consapevolezza che ogni suo movimento sia destinato a essere immortalato". Spiega Cher.

Da Believe all'Oscar, tutti i suoi trionfi - FOTO

Simbolo della cultura pop e considerata dalla rivista americana Out Magazine tra le 12 più grandi icone gay femminili di tutti i tempi, Cher è una delle star più famose della storia contemporanea, con oltre 100 milioni di dischi venduti in tutto il mondo ed è l'unica cantante a poter vantare una canzone al numero uno della top ten americana Billboard in sei decenni diversi, dagli anni sessanta fino agli anni duemila. 

E non sono mancati i riconoscimenti, Cher ha vinto l' Oscar come miglior attrice per il film Stregata dalla luna di Norman Jewison, il Prix d'interprétation féminine a Cannes, un Grammy, un Emmy, tre Golden Globe e un People's Choice Award per i suoi contributi nel cinema, nella musica e nella televisione. Tutti conoscono il suo più grande successo, Believe, che è tra l'altro il singolo più venduto da una cantante donna in Inghilterra e con 10 milioni di copie è anche il più venduto del 1999. (AGI) 


The age-defying singer has entertained us for almost six decades, turning 70 this week. We salute a true pop icon...

In April 2013, the news of the death of Cher – singer, actress, global icon – went viral, as distraught fans flooded social media with RIP messages. It took comedian Ricky Gervais to point out that the Twitter hashtag Life stories – Cher

It’s April 2013, and the news of the death of Cher – singer, actress, global icon – goes viral, as distraught fans flood social media with RIP messages. It takes comedian Ricky Gervais to point out that the Twitter hashtag #nowthatchersdead is trending due to the demise of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher. ‘It’s “Now Thatcher’s dead”, not “Now that Cher’s dead”, he corrects. Cher, 67, is not only alive and well, she’s the only artist to have had number-one hits in each of the past six decades, the only person to have won an Academy Award, an Emmy, a Golden Globe and Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival and just a few years back she recorded a new album with contributions from Pink, Timberland and Lady Gaga. 

With her Malibu mansion and Las Vegas shows, Cher’s lifestyle may be the epitome of fabulous, but there were hard knocks behind the headlines. She was born in El Centro, California, in 1946. Her father, John Sarkisian, was a lorry driver addicted to drugs and gambling. Cher didn’t meet him until she was 11, as he spent years in and out of prison. Her mother, Georgia Holt, was a bit-part actress and singer who had performed in bars from the age of 13. Holt wed eight times – twice to Sarkisian. Shortly after Cherilyn Sarkisian was born, Holt became pregnant again and put Cher in a Catholic orphanage. When Sarkisian  left her, Holt had an abortion and tried to reclaim her child, but the nuns accused her of being an unfit mother. Holt eventually got Cher back, then had another daughter, Georganne. ‘I raised my sister and that’s why she’s so normal and good’, says Cher. Issues of addiction, absent fathers, abortion and conflicted mother-child relationships have been a recurring drama in Cher’s life.

‘When I was a girl, I saw Cinderella with my mother,” says Cher. ‘I started singing the songs and said: this is what I’m going to do.’ At 16 she moved to Hollywood, hoping to become an actress and singer. She had sex with Warren Beatty (‘What a disappointment!’), but it was Sonny Bono who would steal her heart and change her life forever. He was recently divorced and 11 years older, he was also a songwriter, working as an assistant to record producer Phil Spector. Cher was introduced to Bono in a coffee shop in 1962. ‘I saw him walk in and everyone else faded away,’ she recalls. The feeling wasn’t mutual. When Cher needed a place to live, he agreed to let her move in – as a housekeeper: ‘I don’t find you terribly attractive,’ he told her. That changed once he heard her sing.