Born: 30 March 1968
Birthplace: Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada
Best known as: The singer of "My Heart Will Go On," the theme from Titanic
Céline Dion has made a career of singing emotional, no-holds-barred pop ballads like "My Heart Will Go On," her Grammy-winning theme to the movie Titanic
. The youngest in a musical family from rural Quebec, Céline Dion started her singing career early. She was just 12 years old when Canadian music industry veteran Rene Angelil became her manager; he re-mortgaged his house to finance her first album, La voix du bon Dieu
(The Voice of God) in 1981. As a teenager, Dion became a popular recording artist in Japan and Europe. Dion's 1991 duet with Peabo Bryson on the Disney song "Beauty and the Beast" catapulted her to international fame. It was followed by the albums "The Colour of My Love" (1993) and "Deux" (1995). In 1996 the Grammy-winning album "Falling Into You" cemented her reputation for sultry love ballads. Céline Dion reached perhaps the peak of her popularity in 1998: her album Let's Talk About Love
was released along with "My Heart Will Go On," the soaring theme to James Cameron
's Oscar-winning romantic drama Titanic
(starring Leonardo DiCaprio
and Kate Winslet
). After a few years of self-imposed semi-retirement, Dion began a nearly five-year run in A New Day
, her own show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas; Dion did 717 performances of the show from 2003-2007. In 2011 she returned to Caesars Palace for a fresh multi-year run.
Céline Dion married her manager, Rene Angelil, in December of 1994; he was 25 years her senior. They have three sons: Rene Charles (born January 25, 2001) and twin boys, Nelson and Eddy, born on October 23, 2010. Rene Angelil died on January 14, 2016 after a long battle with throat cancer… Céline has had good musical fortune at the movies, with hits from Disney‘s animated Beauty and the Beast (1991), the 1993 comedy Sleepless in Seattle and Titanic… According to her website at Caesars Palace, Dion has sold over 200 million albums during her career.
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