Cher stays cool and chic in a floppy hat and printed poncho as she takes in the sights on Monday (June 20) in Saint Tropez, France.The 70-year-old singer has been traveling around Europe while on a girl’s vacation with her friends.

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The daughter of a truck driver, John Sarkisian, and an Arkansas-born mother, Georgia Holt (the former Jackie Jean Crouch), Cher was born in El Centro, California, on May 20, 1946. Cher is of Armenian heritage on her father's side, and of English and German, with more distant Irish, Dutch, and French, heritage on her mother's side.

The father deserted the family when Cher was young, and she was raised by their mother who later married Gilbert La Piere, a banker.

Cher's mother, who had aspirations of being an actress and model herself, paid for Cher's acting classes despite her daughter having undiagnosed dyslexia, which acutely affected her studies.

Frustrated, Cher quit Fresno High School at the age of 16 in search of her dream.

“Heaven with Masha, Polina, Rodkin, Jen & Me,” Cher captioned the below photo.

As a singer Cher is the only performer to have earned "top 10" hit singles in four consecutive decades; as an actress, she and Barbra Streisand are the only two Best Actress Oscar winners to have a #1 hit song on the Billboard charts. and as strong as ever for this superstar entertainer who has well surpassed the four-decade mark while improbably transforming herself from an artificial, glossy "flashionplate" singer into a serious, Oscar-worthy, dramatic actress ... With more ups and downs than the 2008 Dow Jones Industrial Average, Cher managed to rise like a phoenix from the ashes each time she was down and counted out, somehow re-inventing herself with every changing decade and finding herself on top all over again.At age 62, Cher has yet to decide to get completely off her fabulous roller coaster ride, although she has threatened to on occasion.At that time, she had a brief relationship with actor Warren Beatty.Meeting the quite older (by 11 years) Sonny Bono in 1962 changed the 16-year-old's life forever.Bono was working for record producer Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood at the time and managed to persuade Spector to hire Cher as a session singer.