Celine Dion Profile
Name: Celine Dion
Birth Name: Celine Marie Claudette Dion
Height: 5' 7"
Birth Date: March 30, 1968
Birth Place: Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada
Husband/Wife: René Angelil (Celine Dion's manager; born on January 16, 1942;
married on December 17, 1994 in Montreal, Québec, Canada)
Father: Adhemar Dion
Mother: Therese Tanguay
Sister: Pauline, Manon, Linda, Ghislaine, Louise, Liette, Claudette, Clement,
Brother: Paul, Daniel, Jacques, Michel
Son: Rene-Charles Angelil (born on January 25, 2001 through in vitro fertilization in Florida)
Step son: Patrick Angelil
Claim to fame: The Single Where Does My Heart Beat Now (1991)
Celine Dion Biography
Céline Marie Claudette Dion, OC, OQ, (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian singer and occasional songwriter and actress. Born to a large, impoverished family in Charlemagne, Québec, Dion emerged as a teen star in the French-speaking world after her manager and future husband René Angélil mortgaged his home to finance her first record. In 1990 she released the anglophone album Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America and other English speaking areas of the world.
Dion first gained international recognition in the 1980s after she won both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest. After a series of French albums in the early 1980s, she signed on to Sony Records in 1986. Under the guidance of her husband, she achieved worldwide success with several English and French albums, ending the decade as one of the most-successful artists in pop music. After releasing more than twenty-five albums over two decades, Dion announced a temporary retraction from entertainment in 1999 in order to start a family and spend time with her husband. She returned to the music scene in 2002, and a year later, she signed a four-year contract to perform nightly in a five-star theatrical show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.
Dion's music has been influenced by various genres, which range from pop, soul and rock to gospel to classical, and while her releases have often received mixed critical reception, she is renowned for her technically skilled and powerful vocals. In 2004, after accumulating record sales in excess of 175 million, she was presented with the Chopard Diamond Award from the World Music Awards show for becoming the "Best-selling Female Artist in the World." In April 2007 Sony BMG announced that Celine Dion had sold more than 200 million albums worldwide.
The youngest of fourteen children born to Adhémar Dion and Thérèse Tanguay, Céline Dion was raised a Roman Catholic in a poverty-stricken, but, by her own account, happy, home in Charlemagne. Music had always been a part of the family, as she grew up singing with her siblings in her parents' small piano bar called 'Le Vieux Baril.' From an early age Dion had dreamed of being a performer; In a 1994 interview with People magazine, she recalled, "I missed my family and my home, but I don't regret having lost my adolescence. I had one dream: I wanted to be a singer."