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  • Cher: Through The Years

    Cher as a toddler, held by her mother, Georgia Holt, in a still from <a href="http://bit.ly/10Sf5WQ">"Dear Mom, Love Cher,"</a> a Lifetime documentary available on iTunes and Amazon. WATCH "Rock 'n' Royalty: Billboard's All-Stars" SATURDAY AT 9 ET.
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    Georgia Holt, 86, has been married eight times, to six men.
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    Holt dreamed of being a singer, she said, but it was Cher, 66, who was born into it. When she first heard Cher sing, "I realized she was going to be a huge star," Holt told ABC News' Cynthia McFadden.
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    Cher, left, with her mother and other family members. "We had really hard times," Cher told McFadden. "I remember being ashamed of my clothes. And the funny thing is, then she'd marry someone rich, and we'd go from, like, poverty literally to a mansion in Beverly Hills."
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  • Cher: Through The Years

    Cher was 16 when she met Sonny Bono, left, 12 years her senior. "I was such a diamond in the rough," Cher told McFadden. "Nothing would suggest at that time that I was going to be me." Asked if Bono saw it, Cher said, "Absolutely, he did see it."
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  • Cher: Through The Years

    Their relationship was tumultuous, with Bono controlling 95% of the money they brought in, Cher said. "He was difficult," Cher said. "But he was -- you know, I was like energy. I was just energy escaping everywhere."
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  • Cher: Through The Years

    Cher, born Cherilyn Sarkisian, grew up in El Centro, Calif. to an Armenian truck driver father and a model and part-time actress mother.
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  • Cher: Through The Years

    Cher met Sonny Bono in 1962 and the two married in October 1964. They started performing as a duo in late 1964 and started to find commercial success in 1965.
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    Sonny Bono and Cher, both wearing elaborate dresses, appear in a scene from their television variety program, 'The Sonny & Cher Show,' in 1971.
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    After Cher and Sonny Bono split in 1975, Cher married The Allman Brothers Band front man, Greg Allman.
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  • Cher: Through The Years

    In the 1980s, Cher experienced decreased album sales and a lack of successful singles, and decided develop and acting career. In 1987 she starred alongside Nicholas Cage in "Moonstruck."
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    On April 11, 1988, Cher was awarded the Academy Award for best actress at the 60th Annual Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
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    Cher performs her song 'If I Could Turn Back Time' on the battleship USS Missouri for the video of the song which was filmed on July 1, 1989 in Long Beach, Calif. The video for the song created controversy due to Cher's revealing outfit.
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  • Cher: Through The Years

    In 1998, Cher once again topped the charts with her 22nd studio album, "Believe."
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    Cher performs on May 17, 2004 in the Manchester Evening News Arena in England, in the midst of a three-year, 325-date farewell tour, which ended in April 2005.
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    Chaz Bono and Cher pose for pictures backstage at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on April 21, 2012 in Los Angeles. Cher has become one of the LGBT community's strongest advocates after Chaz came out as a lesbian.
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  • Cher: Through The Years

    Cher arrives on the red carpet for Target Presents AFI's Night at the Movies at ArcLight Cinemas on April 24, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. In Feb. 2013, Chef announced her next album would be released in Sept. 2013.
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