Celine Dion

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

30th March, 1968

Occupation

Musician

Sex

1st January, 1970

Height

1.71

Celine Dion (born 30.3.1968)
Celine Dion is a Canadian pop vocalist, as well as an actress and songwriter.

Childhood: Celine Dion was born in Quebec, Canada, to French-Canadian parents. Her father is Adhémar Dion and her mother is Therese Tanguay.

Celine often sang with her family, at her parents' piano bar and at the age of 12, she wrote a song called 'Ce n'etait qu'un reve' ('It Was Only A Dream'), with her brother and mother. Her brother sent a recording of the song to the music manager Rene Agelil, who was reportedly moved to tears by Dion's voice. He self-funded her first release, 'La Voix du bon Dieu' which quickly propelled Celine to stardom in her native Canada.

In 1983, Dion became the first Canadian artist to be awarded with a gold record in France. Five years later, she represented Switzerland in the Eurovision song contest with 'Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi' ('Don't Go Without Me'), winning the contest.

At the age of 18, Dion professed a desire to be as popular as Michael Jackson and to crack the American market. She underwent dental procedures to improve her appearance, as well as taking English lessons to broaden her appeal to the American market.

Pop Music Breakthrough & Career: Celine Dion's English language debut came in 1990, with the release of Unison, which was largely comprised of soft rock music that became popular on mainstream radio. Her first single to reach the Billboard Hot 100 was 'Where Does My Heart Beat Now?' The following year, Celine Dion performed a duet with Peabo Bryson for the Disney animation Beauty and the Beast. The song was a huge commercial hit and won an Oscar for Best Song, as well as a Grammy Award. 'Beauty and the Beast' then became one of the tracks featured on Dion's second, eponymous album. She worked with the songwriter Diane warren for this release, which, again, proved to be a massive global success.

Dion also released a French-language album in 1991, entitled Dion Chante Plamadon, which consisted largely of cover versions. It became her first French album to receive an international release and has sold over 1.5 million copies globally.

Celine Dion's third English-language album, The Colour of My Love, was released in 1993, on which she publicly declared her feelings for her long-time manager, Angélil. The album became a phenomenal success, selling over 8 million units worldwide. The biggest hit from the album was 'The Power of Love', a re-recording of a 1985 Jennifer Rush hit. The album also contained a duet with Clive Griffin, entitled 'When I Fall In Love'. Dion's popularity in the UK was cemented with the success of 'Think Twice', which was number one for seven weeks in Britain.

Dion continued to alternate between French and English language albums, with the next French release being A L'Olympia. She took some of the songs from this album and translated them, to become 'If That's What It Takes' and 'I Don't Know' for the English album Falling Into You, which featured covers of Tina Turner's 'River Deep, Mountain High' and Eric Carmen's 'All By Myself'. The Diane Warren-penned 'Because You Loved Me' was a number one hit and was used in the soundtrack to Up Close and Personal.

In case Dion's celebrity status was in any doubt, she was then chosen to perform at the opening ceremony for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, where she sang 'The Power of the Dream'.

1997 saw Dion release Let's Talk About Love, which featured a number of vocal guests, including Luciano Pavarotti, the Bee Gees and Barbra Streisand as well as appearances from Carole King, Sir George Martin and Diana King. The biggest-selling single from the album was 'My Heart Will Go On', composed by James Horner. The song was famously featured on the soundtrack to Titanic, starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.

In the late 1990s, Dion released a Christmas album, 1998's These Are Special Times (featuring a duet with R. Kelly) and the 1999 album All the Way.. A Decade of Song. The latter album featured a number of cover versions, including Roberta Flack's 'The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face' as well as a duet with Frank Sinatra, entitled 'All the Way'. She also appeared on a VH1 special, entitled Divas Live, which also featured Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Aretha Franklin and Gloria Estefan.

In 2002, Dion returned to music after a break. The album A New Day Has Come debuted at number one, though many critics gave it a lukewarm response. The following year, she released One Heart, which was a move into dance music - a first for Celine Dion. She also recorded a cover of Cyndi Lauper's 'I Drove All Night' for a Chrysler commercial.

Miracle, another English language album, was released in 2004. It focused on the theme of motherhood and contained a number of lullabies and expressions of maternal love, as well as covering Louis Armstrong's 'What A Wonderful World' and John Lennon's 'Beautiful Boy'.

In 2003, Celine Dion performed a string of 4000-seater shows at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, earning a reported $76 million.

Four years later, Celine Dion released the Taking Chances album, which featured songwriting from Linda Perry, Ne-Yo and ex-Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody.

Celine Dion Cancels Las Vegas Shows For Middle-Ear Surgery

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 22 March 2018

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The Canadian superstar broke the news to her fans that she is cancelling three weeks' of Vegas shows in order to undergo surgery for a middle-ear problem.

Celine Dion has been forced to cancel a large number of shows in Las Vegas in order to undergo what has been described as a “minimally invasive surgical procedure” to correct a middle-ear problem.

The 49 year old Canadian star took to her official Facebook page to inform fans that all her shows in her Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace from March 27th through to April 18th have been cancelled.

“Céline has been dealing with a condition in her middle ear known as Patulous Eustachian tube, which causes hearing irregularities, and makes it extremely difficult to sing,” the post read on Wednesday (March 21st) read.

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Celine Dion Donates Concert Proceeds To Las Vegas Shooting Victims

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 04 October 2017

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The singer donated the proceeds of Tuesday's concert in Caesar's Palace Colosseum to those affected by Sunday night's mass shooting.

Celine Dion has paid tribute to the victims of last weekend’s appalling mass shooting in Las Vegas, dedicating her show in the city last night to those affected, also pledging to donating all the proceeds of the concert to charitable efforts.

On Tuesday evening (October 3rd), the Canadian star played a sold-out performance at The Colosseum inside Caesar’s Palace in Vegas. The city was stunned at the weekend, after a gunman opened fire on the packed crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday night, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500 festival-goers.

The 49 year old singer told the audience: “On Sunday we lost too many beautiful, innocent souls, and so many are still suffering, but tonight we're going to let these families know that we are supporting them and that we will help them through their tragic loss.”

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Celine Dion Celebrated For Fashion Mastery With Sensational Nude Photo

By Holly Williams in Fashion / Beauty on 06 July 2017

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The singer was picture perfect in the stunning social media post.

It's safe to say Celine Dion is still one of the most beautiful divas in the world of music. She proved as much with a tastefully nude shot on the world's biggest fashion magazine franchise's social media page this week as a celebration of her love of haute couture.

Image caption Celine Dion at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards

She may be 49-years-old but she looked a picture of youth in a nude shot taken for Vogue in between changing her outfits for her live shows. Ths photo, taken by photographer Sophia Li, sees the singer seated cross-legged on a chair with her arms crossed over her body, a small piece of white material covering her chest, and one hand partially covering her face.

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Celine Dion Leads Heartwarming Las Vegas Tribute To Manchester Victims

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 25 May 2017

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The singer has her fans join hands to show their support.

The world is still reeling in shock and horror over the attack in Manchester earlier this week, and celebrities everywhere have been reaching out with messages and songs of support. Celine Dion paid tribute with a touching moment during her show in Las Vegas not long after the incident.

Image caption Celine Dion at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards

On Tuesday (May 23rd 2017), Celine Dion opened her heart to the victims of the terror attack at Manchester Arena on Monday night and their families by encouraging her fans to join hands in an emotional moment of silence during her show in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

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Drake Is Planning On Getting A Celine Dion Tattoo

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 23 May 2017

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The Canadian musicians met backstage at the Billboard Music Awards this weekend.

Two icons of Canadian music met at the Billboard Music Awards this weekend as Drake paid tribute to Celine Dion by saying that he was planning to get a tattoo of her face on his body.

The 30 year old rapper made history at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday night (May 21st) as he scooped a record 13 prizes in one evening, shattering the all-time high previously held by Adele. However, his evening of personal highlights didn’t end there, as he met fellow Canadian star Celine Dion, who also performed on the evening, backstage.

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Celine Dion in the Press Room at the 2017 Billboard Awards held at the T-Mobile Arena - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Monday 22nd May 2017

Celine Dion at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards held at T-Mobile Arena. Drake walked away as the biggest winner on the night with Beyonce also picking up five awards - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Monday 22nd May 2017

Celine Dion seen on the red carpet at the 2017 Met Gala - New York, United States - Monday 1st May 2017

Celine Dion poses on the red carpet at The Met Gala 2017 - New York, United States - Monday 1st May 2017

Celine Dion at the Beauty and the Beast Premiere held at El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 2nd March 2017

Celine Dion Returns To 'Beauty And The Beast' With New Original Song

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 26 January 2017

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'How Does A Moment Last Forever' will be released on the official soundtrack.

'Beauty and the Beast' will be made all the more sensational by a new original song performed by the one and only Celine Dion. 'How Does A Moment Last Forever' is set to appear in the forthcoming live action re-boot of the classic Disney tale this Spring.

Image caption Celine Dion to embark on her 'Celine Dion Live 2017' tour this summer

'Celine Dion Live 2017' is a 16-date extravaganza which sees her hit no less than 14 cities in all, including two back to back shows at London's O2 Arena in June, a stint at the Manchester Arena and an appearance at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena the following month.

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Celine Dion Reportedly Refuses To Perform At Donald Trump's Inauguration

By Charlotte Court in Music / Festivals on 28 December 2016

Celine Dion Donald Trump

It has been reported the President-elect's team has struggled to find performers to appear at the January event

The latest singer has refused to sing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration - this time it is French Canadian singer Celine Dion who will not appear at the ceremony. It has been reported that the Las Vegas residency star has turned down the opportunity to perform at the event.

Image caption Celine Dion has opened up about her husband's cancer and the care she provides

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