It’s been said that the only two things to survive a nuclear holocaust are cockroaches – and Cher.
The ultimate showbiz survivor was born on 20 May in 1946. She was named Cherilyn Sarkisian and the world has not been quite the same since.
In her 70 years, Cher has been a top-selling recording artist, an Oscar winning actress, infomercial queen, style risk taker and always – always – a gay icon.
Here are 70 things that we love about the one and only Cher.
2. I Got You Babe
4. The hair – the wigs – the headdresses!
5. Her resiliency
6. That contralto voice
7. Those clothes – those costumes!
8. The 1988 reunion with Sonny Bono on The Late Show With David Letterman
9. She’s Chaz Bono’s mom
10. Her honesty in admitting the struggles she had with Chaz’s transition from female to male
11. The showdown with a doubting Jack McFarland on Will & Grace
12. She’s an EGO: winner of an Emmy, Grammy and Oscar
13. Her always buzzing Twitter account
14. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour
15. The Cher Show
16. Half Breed
17. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
18. The farewell tour that went on and on and on for 2.5 years
19. The raw and unforgettable eulogy she gave at Sonny Bono’s funeral
20. She dated both Maverick (Tom Cruise) and Iceman (Val Kilmer) from Top Gun in the 1980s
22. The outrageous midriff baring outfit with headdress she wore to the 1986 Academy Awards after being robbed of an Oscar nod for Mask
24. She’s been an inspiration for drag queens for 50-plus years
25. Rock ballad Heart of Stone
26. The 1978 disco hit Take Me Home
27. The stupendous power ballad You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me from Burlesque
28. Her underrated work in the 1987 legal thriller Suspect
29. She still performs fan fave Just Like Jesse James in concert even though she complains it has too many words
30. Her ‘Follow this bitches’ patter during her farewell concert tour in which she throws down the gauntlet to younger divas like Britney Spears
31. She played an exaggerated – and hilarious – version of herself in the 2004 comedy Stuck on You and went to bed with Frankie Muniz
32. The Lifetime special Dear Mom, Love Cher about her still stunning mother Georgia Holt
33. Her sublime version of Walking In Memphis
34. Not.com.mercial, the 2000 album Cher wrote and sold only online
35. The Beat Goes On
36. The Witches of Eastwick
37. Her Sanctuary catalog filled with gothic merchandise
38. The video for If I Could Turn Back Time featuring hundreds of sailors and a near-naked Cher
39. “Snap out of it!’
40. Her friendship with Kathy Griffin
41. Her bouncy, exuberant version of The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)
42. The classic album cover for Take Me Home featuring Cher – with antlers
43. The 1966 hit Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
44. Song for the Lonely – an anthem that Cher dedicated to those serving in the war in Iraq
45. Her gorgeous rendition of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes in the 1999 film Tea with Mussolini
46. The wardrobe of the character of Mrs. Flax in the 1990 film Mermaids.
47. The beautiful ballad My Song (Too Far Gone) that she wrote about her second husband Gregg Allman.
48. Her sexy We All Sleep Alone video with then-boyfriend Rob Camilletti
49. Introducing Auto-Tune to the world
50. Her newspaper wig in the Women’s World video
51. Her wacky Laverne character from Sonny and Cher and The Cher Show
52. Her mid-90s comeback after being sidelined by illness and infomercials
53. She is queen of Las Vegas whenever she wants to be
54. The gorgeous duet After All with Peter Cetera
55. She’s had a number one song on a Billboard chart for six consecutive decades
56. Strong Enough
57. Her first solo hit All I Really Want to Do in 1965
58. She popularized hippie fashion with bell-bottoms, bandanas, and fur vests in the 1960s
59. She had an affair with Warren Beatty at 16 – the same year she met Sonny Bono
60. Her version of the U2 I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For which opened her late 90s and early 2000s tours
61. The VH1 Divas Las Vegas duet with Tina Turner of Proud Mary
62. She played a lesbian in Silkwood – and got an Oscar nomination
63. Her best 1970s ballad The Way of Love
64. She’s one of five performers to have had a US number-one single and won an acting Academy Award
65. The 1980 video for Hell on Wheels
66. Launching the Dressed to Kill Tour in her late 60s
67. Her rock version of I Got You Babe on Beavis and Butt-head
68. She gave up $300,000 a week performing in Vegas to perform Off-Broadway in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
69. She named her child with Greg Allman Elijah Blue
70. Cher always gives a good interview – always.