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  • ID: I75480
  • Name: Celine Marie Claudette DION
  • Given Name: Celine Marie Claudette
  • Surname: Dion 1
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 30 Mar 1968 in Charlemagne, Québec, Canada 2
  • Death: in ,
  • Reference Number: 75480
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    Celine Dion

    Birth: March 30, 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada
    Nationality: Canadian
    Occupation: singer
    Source: Contemporary Musicians, Volume 25. Gale Group, 1999.
    Updated: 06/28/2007

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    From the time she was a child, Celine Dion knew her destiny . Surround ed by a family of musicians, she began entertain ing audiences in her paren ts' piano bar at the age of five . By the time she turned 30, she had cemen ted her place i n the highest levels of pop stardom. With such megahi ts a s "The Power of Love," "Because You Loved Me," and "My Hear t Will Go O n," Dion maintained a fast-paced and prolific c areer throughout the 198 0s and 1990s. "The girl has a sta r over her head-she's that lucky," her ma nager and husban d Rene Angelil explained to E. Kaye Fulton in Maclean's.

    Celine Dion was born the youngest of 14 children to Adhema r and Therese Di on in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. When Di on was just a baby, her family f ormed a singing group call ed Dion's Family and toured Canada. Therese Di on played th e violin, and Adhemar Dion played the accordion. Later, he r pa rents opened a piano bar called Le Vieux Baril. When s he was just five yea rs old, she jumped up on a table to si ng Ginette Reno songs. Soon, custome rs were coming back, a sking the little girl with the big voice to sing aga in an d again. Even then, Dion relied on the strength of her fami ly. "My fa mily is my foundation,"she told Jean-Noel Bassio r in McCalls. "We never h ad a lot of money, but we had a w ealth of love, joy, and affection."

    When Dion was 12 years old, she recorded a demo tape of a s ong her moth er had written for her. Therese Dion wrapped t he tape with a red ribbon a nd sent it off to Canadian mana ger/producer Rene Angelil, who had previous ly managed Cana dian singer Ginette Reno. Celine's mother enclosed a not e w ith the tape that read: "This is a 12-year-old with a f antastic voice. Ple ase listen to her. We want her to be li ke Ginette Reno." Angelil let the p ackage sit on his des k for weeks before Dion's brother Michael met with h im an d convinced him to listen to the tape.

    Rose to Canadian Stardom

    Once he heard her voice, Angelil invited her to meet with h im and perfo rm for him in person. He signed her immediatel y, with the understanding th at he would have complete cont rol over her career. When he couldn't fi nd a label to sig n the 12-year-old Dion, he mortgaged his house to finan c e her first album, which was completely in French. Soon, th e young Dion 's French albums earned her notoriety in Canad a, and she became kno wn as La P'tite Quebecoise (the littl e girl of Quebec).

    By the time she was 15 years old, Dion decided to make musi c her only prio rity and dropped out of school. "It was tak ing me away from music, fr om my happiness, from my dreams, " Dion told Charles P. Alexander in Tim e. Around the sam e time, Angelil had divorced his second wife and focus ed t he majority of his time on Dion and her career. After relea sing nine F rench albums, the 18-year-old Celine Dion had g rown tired of her little gi rl image, and decided to mak e a major change. She had seen singer Micha el Jackson perf orm on television, and told Angelil that she wanted to ha v e the kind of success Jackson had.

    In an effort to embark on the path of global superstardom , Celine Dion to ok a year off of recording, during which s he had caps put on her teeth, h ad a complete makeover, an d learned English. She spent the next two yea rs working o n a English language album and an American record contract . S he also continued to perform throughout Canada. In 1988 , Dion and Angel il began to develop a romance, but becaus e of their 26-year age differenc e, they kept their relatio nship a secret.

    Grew Seedlings of Greater Success

    In 1990, Dion released her English debut, Unison, on Epic R ecords in the U .S. The album included the top five singl e "Where Does My Heart Beat Now ," and sold more than a mil lion copies worldwide. Renowned producer Dav id Foster prod uced five songs on the album. "Celine exceeds the boundar i es of talent," Foster told Fulton. "I don't know if she w ill reach the hei ghts of Barbra Streisand, but there's nob ody else in the race."

    During the tour for Unison, Dion had a scare. She lost he r voice before o ne of her performances and had to cancel p art of the tour. Her doctors to ld her that her vocal chord s were severely inflamed, and she had to stay c ompletely s ilent for three weeks. By the end of her break, she had reg ain ed her voice and designed a plan to take better care o f herself and preser ve her voice. She set a rigid schedul e for herself on tour, stopped talki ng three days before b eginning a new album, and kept silent before perform ance s until late in the afternoon.

    By 1991, Rene Angelil and Celine Dion had become engaged. " When I met Ren e, I loved him, but as a child," Dion told B assior. "The more I got to kn ow him over all the years w e worked together, the more I fell in love wi th him."

    Later that year, Dion released another French language albu m called Dion C hante Plamondon, on which she performed th e songs of Canadian composer L uc Plamondon. In 1992, she r eleased her sophomore English album titled sim ply Celine D ion. The album included the hit single "Beauty and the Beas t ," a duet with Peabo Bryson that was also the title son g for the Disney fi lm. The song won both a Grammy award an d an Oscar award. She also had a nu mber-one hit with the t rack "If You Asked Me To" from the same album. Celi ne Dio n became her first gold-selling album in the United State s and so ld more than 12 million copies worldwide. As a res ult of this success, s he was able to embark on her first h eadlining tour in the U.S.

    Experienced Personal Tragedy and Bliss

    Dion had even more success with the release The Colour of M y Lovethe follo wing year, which included the hit singles " The Power of Love" and "Wh en I Fall in Love," the latter w as a duet with Clive Griffin that also app eared on the sou ndtrack for the film Sleepless in Seattle. Peter Galvin w r ote in his New York Times review, "Ms. Dion exudes a plea sing mixture of i nnocence and soulfulness throughout the a lbum ... endowing even the slicke st songs with palpable pa ssion."

    Beyond her growing popularity, Celine Dion also experience d a personal tra gedy in 1993. Her niece, Karine Menard, ha d died in Dion's arms after a li felong battle with cysti c fibrosis. After that moment, Dion made it her pe rsonal c rusade to raise money for cystic fibrosis among other child ren's c harities. She wrote the song "Vole" in memory of he r niece. It appear ed in French on her D'euxalbum and in En glish as "Fly" on her Falling In to Youalbum. Dion explaine d the effect Karine's death had on her to Denn is Hensley i n Cosmopolitan, "We take a lot for granted. The air we brea th e, the ability to walk and talk. When we're happy, it' s easy to forget h ow lucky we are."

    Dion's own happiness grew even greater on December 17, 1994 , when she marr ied Rene Angelil at a ceremony at Montreal' s Notre Dame Basilica in fro nt of 500 guests. The wedding , which cost more than $500,000, was televis ed nationwid e in Canada. Instead of wedding gifts, the couple asked fo r do nations to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation an d raised $200,000.

    Dion released another French album in 1995 called D'eux, wh ich was also re leased in the United States as The French A lbum. It included songs by Fren ch pop composer Jean-Jacque s Goldman, and became the world's best-selli ng French lang uage album of all time. The following year, she release d h er next hit album Falling Into You. She reached number- one on the charts w ith the single "Because You Loved Me, " which also appeared on the soundtra ck for the film Up Cl ose and Personal. Falling Into You sold more than t en mill ion copies in the United States alone and won Grammy award s for Be st Album of the Year and Best Pop Album.

    Achieved Global Domination

    In 1997, Celine Dion reached her greatest success ever, bec oming a househo ld name all over the world. The catalyst wa s the song "My Heart Will Go O n" from the soundtrack for t he award-winning film Titanic. The number-o ne hit was als o released on her next album, Let's Talk About Love. The s o ng was credited with selling more than 50 million album s worldwide, counti ng both the soundtrack and Let's Talk A bout Love. For six weeks, the two a lbums held the number-o ne and number-two positions on Billboard's album ch arts.

    Let's Talk About Love also included a duet with Dion and he r musical he ro Barbra Streisand called "Tell Him." Streisa nd released the song on h er own album, Higher Ground, as w ell. "Celine is all anyone could ask f or in a singing part ner-professional, easygoing, generous," Streisand to ld Bas sior. "Her amazing voice is surpassed only by her kind an d gentle he art." Dion also recorded a duet with opera sing er Luciano Pavarotti call ed "I Hate You Then I Love You."

    By this time, Dion had no doubt that she had reached the su ccess she dream ed about as an 18-year-old girl watching Mi chael Jackson on television. "W hen I was a smaller kid , I wanted to be in show business, and I was holdi ng on t o that dream," Dion told Karen S. Schneider and Jeanne Gord on in Pe ople. "I don't want to hold on to that dream anymo re. I want to ho ld on to the real things."

    On April 30, 1998, Celine Dion received the National Orde r of Quebec, t he province's highest honor, then was induct ed as an Officer of the Ord er of Canada the very next day . In August of 1998, she headed out on an ex tensive 14-cou ntry tour that ended by ringing in the new millennium in Mo n treal on December 31, 1999. In September of 1998, Dion re leased another Fr ench language album titled S'il Suffisai t D'Aimer (translated If Only Lo ve Could Be Enough). She a lso released a holiday album called These Are Sp ecial Time s in November of 1998, which included the hit "I'm Your Ang el ," a duet with R. Kelly. By the end of the year, Forbe s had named her t he twelfth highest paid entertainer, wit h her 1998 pre-tax income estimat ed at $55.5 million. By t he end of the decade, she had sold more than 1 00 million a lbums worldwide. "The grace with which she's handled all o f th is is extraordinary," Sony Music International Preside nt Robert M. Bowl in told Chuck Taylor in Billboard. "She' s really under a microscope, and y et you'd be hard presse d to find much criticism, considering how hard s he works a nd how many records she sells. It speaks volumes about ho w profe ssional she is."

    After her massive world tour, Dion decided to take some tim e off in the ye ar 2000. She and Angelil decided work on ha ving a family instead of anoth er album, giving Dion's care er a bit of a break. "I get paid a lot of mon ey to be on t his schedule, but it's okay to want to stop," Dion told Jer e my Helligar in People. "And I prefer to stop at the top o f my career rath er than when no one wants to hear me anymo re." Of course, given her lifelo ng success, Dion won't lik ely have to worry about that for many years to c ome.

    May 2007: Dion's album, D'Elles, was released on the Sony B MG record labe l. Source: Globe and Mail, May 29, 2007.

    Born March 30, 1968, in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada; daught er of Adhemar a nd Therese Dion; youngest of 14 children; m arried: Rene Angelil, Decemb er 17, 1994. Addresses: Recor d company-Epic Records, P.O. Box 4450, New Yo rk, NY 10101- 4450.

    Grammy Award for Best Album of the Year and Best Bop Album , 1996.

    Signed management contract with Rene Angelil, 1980; release d seven Fren ch language albums in Canada, 1980-1990; relea sed U.S. debut album, Uniso n, 1990; released five albums w ith Epic Records, 1991-1996, including Celi ne Dion,1992; T he Colour of My Love,1993; The French Album, 1995; Falin g I nto You, 1996; Let's Talk About Love, 1997; These Are S pecial Times,199 8; reached worldwide success with "My Hear t Will Go On," selling more th an 50 albums worldwide fro m both the Titanic soundtrack and Let's Talk Abo ut Love, 1 997.

    Selected discography

    Unison , Epic Records, 1990.

    Dion Chante Plamondon , Epic Records, 1991.

    Celine Dion , Epic Records, 1992.

    The Colour of My Love , Epic Records, 1993.

    The French Album , Epic Records, 1995.

    Falling Into You , Epic Records, 1996.

    Let's Talk About Love , Epic Records, 1997.

    S'il Suffisait D'Aimer , Epic Records, 1998.

    These Are Special Times , Epic Records, 1998.



    Billboard , October 17, 1998.

    Cosmopolitan , July 1998.

    Entertainment Weekly , April 17, 1992; November 12, 1993; J une 24, 1994; M ay 29, 1995; March 15, 1996; March 29, 1996 ; December 4, 1998.

    Interview , March 1999.

    Ladies Home Journal , November 1997.

    Maclean's , June 1, 1992; December 28, 1992; March 10, 1997 ; August 4, 199 7; April 6, 1998; May 11, 1998; March 8, 19 99.

    McCalls , June 1998.

    New York Times , April 3, 1994.

    People Weekly , February 28, 1994; June 13, 1994; March 18 , 1996; Mar ch 3, 1997; December 8, 1997; January 18, 1999 ; March 1, 1999.

    Time , March 7, 1994; November 24, 1997.

    Variety , December 14, 1998.


    The Official Celine Dion Website , http://www.celinonline.c om (April 4, 19 99).

    "Celine Dion." Contemporary Musicians, Volume 25. Gale Grou p, 1999.
    Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills , Mich.: Thoms on Gale. 2007. http://galenet.galegroup.com. ezproxy.rhpl.org/servlet/BioRC

    Document Number: K1608002308

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    © 2007 by The Gale Group, Inc.

    Father: Adhemar DION b: 2 Mar 1923
    Mother: Marie-Thérèse TANGUAY b: 20 Mar 1927 in Ste Anne de Monts, Québec, Canada

    Marriage 1 René ANGELIL
    • Married: 17 Dec 1994 in Notre-Dame, Montréal, Québec, Canada 3
    • Change Date: 24 Aug 2013
    1. Has No Children René Charles ANGELIL b: 25 Nov 2001

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      Title: Biography Resource Center
      Author: Gale Research
      Publication: Farmington Hills, Michigan
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    3. Abbrev: Biography Resource Center
      Title: Biography Resource Center
      Author: Gale Research
      Publication: Farmington Hills, Michigan
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