Céline Dion: Snapshot

Céline Dion
Date of Birth
March 30, 1968
Birth Place
Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada
Céline Dion's career may have begun in the humblest of settings – singing in her parents' piano bar outside of Montreal – but she would go on to become a Grammy-winning, mega-selling diva who would command the biggest stages in the world.

The youngest of 14 children, Dion shot up the charts outside her native Canada with the 1990 single "Where Does My Heart Beat Now." A year later, she scored with "Beauty and the Beast," but it was "My Heart Will Go On," the theme to 1997's Titanic, that made her a superstar.

But privately, Dion and her husband René Angélil, the singer's longtime manager who discovered her at age 12, struggled to start a family. After a public battle with infertility, Dion gave birth to the couple's first child, son René-Charles, in 2001.

A year later, the new mom moved her family to Las Vegas, where she commenced her five-year show at Caesars Palace, grossing a mind-blowing $400 million. Off stage, Dion underwent another grueling round of fertility treatments in the hopes of giving her son a sibling. The result? The birth of twin boys, Eddy and Nelson, in 2010.

Now back in Vegas, Dion debuted a second show at Caesars in 2011, where the singer says she'll "balance my showbiz life with my most important job: motherhood."

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Céline Dion: Five Fun Facts

  1. At age 5, Céline Dion made her first public performance at her brother Michel's wedding. "Her voice made people dance," her late father Adhémar told PEOPLE, "and you can't miss something like that."
  2. What are Céline Dion's inner demons? "I don't drink. I don't smoke. I shop," she told PEOPLE in 1999.
  3. Céline Dion's dressing room in the basement of Caesars Palace was decorated to look exactly like her Vegas home 20 miles away from The Strip. "We are comfortable in this environment," she told The New York Times. "Why not make ourselves comfortable over there?"
  4. If she were given a shot at acting, Céline Dion told Billboard magazine that she'd "love to play (opera singer) Maria Callas in a film."
  5. Before settling on Eddy and Nelson as names for her twin boys, Céline Dion consulted baby books for the perfect names. "I've read nearly 15,000 names, and nothing has stuck," she told French magazine Gala.

Céline Dion: Biography


Céline Dion

Little Girl, Big Voice

At age 10, Céline Dion, the youngest of 14 children, persuades her parents, butcher Adhémar and housewife Thérèse, to let her perform in the piano bar they open just outside of Montreal. "She'd say, 'I'm going to go out on tour and be the biggest singer in the world,'" her brother Jacques recalls to PEOPLE two decades later of his sister's big dream.


Céline Dion

'Dream' Weaver

Dion records her first song, "It Was Only a Dream" (penned by her brother Jacques and her mom Thérèse), which Jacques sends to René Angélil, a local manager-producer. Angélil calls the 12-year-old singer in for an audition. "While I was singing he started to cry. I knew then I had done a good job," Dion tells PEOPLE of her fateful meeting with Angélil, who mortgages his house to fund her 1981 debut album, La Voix du Bon Dieu.


Céline Dion

Make Me Over

Now famous in Canada and France, the French-language singer, who quits school to focus on her career, has her sights set on becoming a star Stateside. With Angélil's encouragement, Dion learns English and refines her look, including capping her teeth. It was, as Dion's mother later tells PEOPLE, "her transformation from adolescence to a young woman."

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Photo Credits

Top Left: GÈrard Schachmes

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Courtesy Feeling Productions; Getty

Edited by Julia Wang

Céline Dion

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