There is no version of the history of American music that wouldn’t include the name – Cher. She is one of the most iconic names in America’s music industry, and it is evident in the fact she is often referred to by the media as the ‘Goddess of Pop.’ Although she is no longer dominating the music charts as she once did as a solo artist and as part of the duo, Sonny & Cher, she still maintains a high degree of relevance at her advanced age.
She has been able to maintain her relevance through the diversification of her career in show business since she debuted in 1963. And just as her star hasn’t waned, so as her physical body, which has continued to look as young as the days she thrilled millions with her music.
Here is a look at Cher, her career, as well as how she looks young at her age. Check it out below.
How Old is Cher?
She was born on the 20th of May, 1956, in El Centro, California, to an Armenian-American father named John Sarkisian and mother, Georgia Holt, who was both an actress and a model. She was barely a year old when her parents got divorced, and her mother remarried John Southall.
The marriage to John Southall, who is an actor, started a lifetime journey in show business for Cher. Having now relocated to Los Angeles, her mother began to appear on the big and small screen, and Cher began to appear as an actress on shows like The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
At the age of 16, after years of moving around the country in service of her mother’s multiple marriages, Cher dropped out of school and moved back to Los Angeles. With a dream of being famous, she began taking acting classes. She supported herself financially by dancing in small clubs in Hollywood’s famed Sunset Strip.
Her iconic collaboration with Sonny Bono started in 1962 when they met for the first time. At the time, Sonny worked for the record producer, Phil Spector. A set of coincidences, such as Cher’s friend moving out of their apartment, resulting in a need for her to make money for rent. She took up an offer from Sonny to be his housekeeper, and soon, she began to feature as a backup singer on several of Phil’s recordings.
Her professional relationship with Sonny Bono eventually became a romantic one, and she got married to the singer in October 1964. Soon, the two of them emerged as a duo music act, releasing their debut singer in the same year.
At the age of 18, Cher signed her first recording contract with Liberty Records Imperial. She released her first album the following year, peaking at number 16 on the Billboard 200. Between 1965 and 1967, Cher rose to national popularity and enjoyed massive success with her music, alongside Sonny, selling over 40 million records in three years.
As a solo artist, Cher began her career in 1966 at the age of 19, and five years after, she started her career as a TV actress with the show, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. While she appeared on the show, she exploded to success as a solo artist, releasing successful singles like Dark Lady and Half Breed. So far, she has released more than 25 albums as a solo artist.
In acting, Cher enjoyed success as a stage actress as well as an onscreen actress. On stage, she enjoyed success for plays like Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, and onscreen, with films like Mask, Moonstruck, and The Witches of Eastwick.
As a music artist, despite having a topsy-turvy career, Cher has sold over more than 100 million records worldwide, with several music awards to her name, including a Grammy Award. Also, as an actress, she has more than 50 acting credits to her name, with multiple awards that include the Emmys, Golden Globe, and Academy Awards.
How Does She Stay So Young?
Having spent more than six decades on the planet, it would have been fair if Cher looked old. However, despite her age, the actress/singer has continued to look young, and it turns out the secret is a long-running fitness routine since she became an adult.
Famously known for the ability to hold a plank for five minutes, Cher spends a lot of time in the gym, engaging in different fitness exercises. She also spends time surfing, walking, and playing Wii Tennis, which has been known to help players burn calories.
For her diet, she follows a strict plant-based and dairy-free diet. She also quit smoking and alcohol. According to the legendary entertainer, she only drinks three or four times a year. Combined with a skincare routine that includes using products from Proactiv, Jan Marini, and Barbara Sturm, it becomes easy to see how Cher has continued to look young despite her age.