Youngest Of Them All
Amazingly, Celine is the youngest of 14 children in a family that was burdened with financial troubles. Her mother had already given birth to 13 children and even though she wasn’t planning on having any more kids, fate had other plans and she became pregnant once again. As the news were unexpected, the happy family knew that they needed to make some changes in order to accommodate baby Celine. She was forced to sleep in a cabinet drawer because there were no more available beds.
A Shark When It Comes To Business
Dion’s mother Therese Tanguay Dion is renowned in Quebec for her cooking skills. And it seems like her daughter also inherited these skills. In 1990, the singer opened up a restaurant in Quebec by the name of Nickels. After much success came from this first restaurant, she made a chain out of it and restaurant soon spread to other parts of Canada, such as Ontario. She also released her own magazine, the Celine Dion Magazine.
Suing Millions For Spreading Lies
Celine had a rollercoaster ride during the 90’s, releasing a staggering 13 albums. Also, she received bad news when Rene was diagnosed with cancer. This was a turning point for Celine and prompted her to step back from the limelight. Then, during her hiatus, the National Enquirer released a fake story, saying “‘I’m Pregnant With Twins!'” As a result, Celine sued them for a whopping $20 million. She received an apology from the magazine as well as a donation to the American Cancer Society.
Throughout her career, Celine has received many accolades including the highest honor that her home province can give – The National Order of Quebec. She had also been given stars on both the Hollywood and Canadian Walks of Fame. Dion even received an honorary doctorate from Laval University. She called it “a very great honor for a little girl from Charlemagne.” The singer, who never graduated from high school, dedicated the award to Rene, for his tremendous influence on her life.
Discovered In The Weirdest Way
Before rising to fame, Celine’s brother Jacques and her mother wrote and composed a song together, which would eventually be used as a song for Celine to perform. But her mother knew that she was special and insisted that someone in the music industry listened to Celine. Her daughter was too talented to ignore. She looked through many albums and contacted as many executives as she could. Eventually, a producer got in touch with her. He went by the name of Rene Angelil.
Her Mom Had To Interfere
Celine’s mother sent a demo to Rene and attached a note saying, “This is a 12-year-old with a fantastic voice. Please listen to her. We want her to be like Ginette Reno.” However, Rene was inundated with many demos and notes from excited parents who believed their child was the next big thing. After losing patience, one of Celine’s brothers got in touch with Rene. After Michel asked Rene to take a listen, Rene wanted Celine to audition for him instantly.
Her Audition Was Far From Normal
Absolutely floored by Celine’s voice, Rene was excited to meet Celine for the first time. He was desperate to judge her based on all her attributes. After arriving at his office, Rene gave her a pencil as a pretend mic and said, “Here’s your microphone. Now sing as though you were in front of a sellout audience.” So she did, and in one performance, Rene was an instant fan and would continue to be her fan for the rest of his life.
Rene Burst Into Tears
Celine recalled just how emotional the audition was for Rene. “While I was singing, he [Rene] started to cry,” she said. “I knew then I had done a good job.” At that very moment, Rene signed her and knew that he wanted to make a star out of her. He knew it would be tough, as Dion was young and had a lot to work on. She also knew that she had a lot of work to do if she wanted to fulfill Rene’s vision.
America’s Sweetheart Was Born
In 1990, Dion made huge strides in her career, releasing her first full-English album, Unison. The career move propelled herself into American stardom and she was now a popular figure throughout the world. It wouldn’t take long before the album was certified gold in the U.S. The most memorable single from the album was “Where Does My Heart Beat Now,” which was a top 10 hit. But then something unexpected happened just before Dion was about to embark on her American tour…
Almost Losing Her Voice Forever
On the brink of her tour, Dion lost her voice. The singer had been suffering from laryngitis and was generally tired from such a busy schedule. Despite eagerly wanting to perform, her doctor instructed her not to due to her inflamed vocal cords. The deal was simple, either take a break from singing for a month or be forced to undergo surgery. It was completely unnatural for the songstress to take such a long break from singing, but she heeded the experts’ advice.
Revealing Her Big Secret
On the personal side of life, things were moving at a rapid pace for Dion. After many rumors during the early stages of her career, the singer finally revealed to the public that she had moved from a professional relationship with Rene to a romantic one. She revealed everything in the sleeve of her album The Colour of My Love. “Maybe at 17, 18 years old, my feelings started to change for him,” Dion said. “I kind of saw him differently.”
He Was Her Everything
After her phenomenal success with Titanic, Dion hit the jackpot when she did her Let’s Talk About Love world tour. But even though she was raking it in, bad news came her way. Rene had been diagnosed with cancer and she found this out during one of her shows. Despite feeling terrible, she performed a song paying tribute to her lover. Sadly, Rene passed away on 14 January 2016, only two days before he would have turned 74.
Dreaming Of Changing The World
After the Asian tsunami of 2004, Celine Dion decided to take action and helped to raise $1 million for the people who suffered from the natural disaster. She also donated $1 million to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. She criticized the U.S. government, saying, “there’s people still there waiting to be rescued. To me that is not acceptable…How can it be so easy to send planes in another country to kill everybody in a second and destroy lives. We need to serve our country.”
Hit Her Hard
After the delivery of her twins and the September 11th attacks, Celine Dion returned to the spotlight with a performance of “God Bless America” at the concert America: A Tribute to Heroes. “The performance…brings to mind what has made her one of the celebrated vocalists of our time: the ability to render emotion that shakes the soul,” Billboard’s Chuck Taylor wrote. He continued, “Affecting, meaningful, and filled with grace, this is a musical reflection to share with all of us still searching for ways to cope.”