Legendary performer Cher is 72 years old, and it appears that the singer, actress, and advocate shows no signs of stopping. Cher will be playing two sold-out concerts at Borgata’s Event Center on August 17 & 18, where she’ll perform her most iconic hits. In addition, she recently announced a forthcoming ABBA tribute album and can currently be seen on movie theatre screens across the country in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! To prepare for her upcoming Atlantic City engagement, we found five fun facts about Cher that even the most diehard fan might not know!
She almost stared in Thelma & Louise: Cher turned down the part of Thelma in order to appear in the film Mermaids. Can you imagine Susan Surandon and Cher driving cross country?
She’s a record-breaking success in the music industry: She is the only female artist in American history to have had number 1 singles in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. If you could “turn back time,” you wouldn’t find another female artist who could top it!
The Cher Doll beat Barbie in sales: When toy makers released a miniature version of Cher in 1976, the doll flew off store shelves, beating out the sales of Barbie for the year.
In 1994, she launched her own brand of mail-order home furnishings: Many of the pieces had a medieval theme, including a gothic-style metal and wood bed and lamp with a chain metal shade.
She dropped out of high school at 16: Cher suffered from undiagnosed Dyslexia, which made her academic pursuits nearly impossible. She found out at age 30 that she had the disorder, and it still slows her reading, but it hasn’t stopped her from being a huge success.