Cher has one of the most iconic voices in the music industry, and her career has spanned several decades. Now 69 years old, the performer has spent a significant portion of her life in the spotlight; however, there are still some things that many people do not know about her. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Cher. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: She Is Featured on a Lot of Really Famous Songs. Cher is an incredibly famous artist on her own, but her prior work with Phil Spector led her to be featured on many of his most famous songs. She is also featured on the Crystals’ “Da Do Ron Ron,” the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,'” and the Ronettes’, “Be My Baby.”
Number Fourteen: She Made a Serious Mistake in an Acceptance Speech. In her 1988 acceptance speech for winning Best Actress for her role in Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck, Cher forgot to thank the most important person – Norman Jewison! She claims she was too nervous and mistakenly forgot to thank him.
Number Thirteen: She Pissed Off the Navy. For Cher’s 1989 single, “If I Could Turn Back Time,” she wore a skimpy fishnet body stocking over a bathing suit in the music video. The video was filmed on the U.S.S. Missouri in front of a group of sailors, and the Navy was not quite prepared for what she would be wearing.
Number Twelve: She Totally Got David Letterman. Before he was a household name, David Letterman had to beg Cher to be on his show. After she declined a few times, she finally agreed. However, she totally played him! She busted his chops, and he was very surprised. She later slipped him a note to let him know she didn’t think he was an a**hole.
Number Eleven: She Has Done Some Strange Celebrity Endorsements. In 1994, Cher launched her own line of home furnishings that were described as “a sort of medieval L.L. Bean” by Entertainment Weekly. She has also endorsed a line of hair and skin care products.
Number Ten: She Covered Bob Dylan. And she did a really good job, too. Sonny Bono helped produce the single of Cher’s reproduction of “All I Really Want to Do.” It was so good that another band who did the cover, The Byrds, chose not to promote their own because they liked Cher’s so much.
Number Nine: Her Legal Name Is Just “Cher.” Cher was born Cher Sarkisian; however, she legally dropped her last name in 1978.