The Life Story Of The Extraordinarily Talented Celine Dion

Published on 10/13/2018
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There is no denying the fact that Celine Dion is a talented singer who has made her mark on history. She simply has a wonderful voice and the fact that she is an equally amazing person only makes her even more special. Recently, however, she announced something that shocked even her biggest fans.

The Life Story Of The Extraordinarily Talented Celine Dion

The Life Story Of The Extraordinarily Talented Celine Dion


The Diagnosis

We are sure that nothing in the world could have adequately prepared Celine for the devastating news delivered to her in 1999. She found out that her husband Rene had been diagnosed with cancer of the throat. Doctors informed them that he would eventually lose basic functions. At this point, Celine had to act as his caretaker, and it must have been challenging for both of them. The singer did her best to care for her husband as she clearly wanted him to enjoy his remaining days.

Her Husband’s Diagnosis

Her Husband’s Diagnosis

Her Life Is Never Dull

It is practically an understatement to call her life dramatic. From the moment she was born, she already had many obstacles to contend with. Even at the present, things from her painful past sometimes resurface and haunt her. She managed to be a hit in the entertainment industry and subsequently faced the challenges of living her life under the spotlight. Through the years, she had to deal with a forbidden love, as well as some health issues among other things. When you see her smile, however, you will be unable to do anything than admire her.

Her Life Is Never Dull

Her Life Is Never Dull

Celine’s Mom Hated Her Relationship

Did you know that their mother criticized their relationship? Here was what Celine said about this: “When I told her I had some really strong feelings for Rene she tried everything to kill him and make me snap out of it…I was very frustrated and mad at first, but she tried to make me understand that this man tried marriage twice before – he has three children, he’s not responsible, ‘I want the perfect Prince Charming for you’.”

Celine’s Mom Hated Her Relationship

Celine’s Mom Hated Her Relationship

She Had Problems Conceiving

Celine Dion is, without a doubt, a music icon, but let’s not forget that legends also need to take some time off. She took a break in 2000 so that she can spend more time with her family. Apparently, she and Rene tried for a child numerous times, and she even underwent operations to make it easier. In January 2001, the couple finally welcomed a son named Rene-Charles Dion Angelil into the world.

She Had Problems Conceiving

She Had Problems Conceiving

She Almost Died

Did you know that Celine Dion nearly died years before she made it big? At the age of 5, she was hit by a truck! She had been rendered unconscious and only regained consciousness a week later. The incident resulted in a fractured skull, though she was lucky enough to fully recover.

She Almost Died

She Almost Died

She Hated My Heart Will Go On

Here’s something you probably did not expect to learn: she hated “My Heart Will Go On” when she first recorded it! She expected it to be a flop and believed it would even hurt her career. She was so wrong! She said, “I didn’t really like the song, at first. I did another song for a movie before. It was very successful, and I thought we were pushing our luck…”

She Hated My Heart Will Go On

She Hated My Heart Will Go On

They Called Her A Traitor

Celine Dion performed the hit song from the 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast. It even gave the singer her first Grammy award! This was great news, of course, though you might be surprised to hear it initially resulted in criticism from her fans. Her Quebecois supporters did not support her in this endeavor since they thought it was a betrayal. In a show of loyalty to her French-Canadian fan base, she declined the English Artist of the Year award during the Felix Awards.

They Called Her A Traitor

They Called Her A Traitor

Celine Wasn’t Planned

Did you know that there are 14 children in the Dion family? It’s true and Celine is actually the youngest of the bunch. Before she was born, her parents did not plan on having more as they were already having problems sustaining 13 kids. However, destiny had other things in mind, and Celine was born on March 30, 1968. As a child, Celine had to go to sleep in a cabinet drawer due to a lack of beds.

Celine Wasn’t Planned

Celine Wasn’t Planned

Her Husband Put His Foot Down

She might have had her reservations about “My Heart Will Go On,” though her husband Rene convinced her to release the song. In an interview with Jonathan Ross, she narrated, “[Angélil] said, ‘Let’s just do a demo. Let’s give it a try and we’ll see after.’ The demo is actually the real recording. I never sang the song again.” Wow, it’s almost unbelievable that this was how the iconic song came to be. The single was released in the year 1997, and it proved to be a hit, even earning Celine several awards.

Her Husband Put His Foot Down

Her Husband Put His Foot Down

A Shark When It Comes To Business

Dion’s mother is none other than Therese Tanguay Dion. In Quebec, she is known for her excellent cooking abilities. It appears that Celine inherited her culinary talents as she herself opened a Quebec-based restaurant called Nickels. It became so successful that the singer decided to make it a restaurant chain! These days, you will find many branches across Canada.

A Shark When It Comes To Business

A Shark When It Comes To Business

Suing For Millions For Spreading Lies

The 1990’s proved to be a rollercoaster of a decade for the songbird. During this time, she came out with 13 albums and learned that her husband was sick with cancer. After they received the diagnosis, she chose to step away from her work. While on hiatus, she also had to deal with a false article published on the tabloid magazine National Enquirer that claimed she was shying away from media attention was because she was bearing twins! Celine sued them for a hefty $20 million, and in return, they apologized to her by donating to the American Cancer Society.

Suing Millions For Spreading Lies

Suing Millions For Spreading Lies

Doctor Dion

Did you know that Celine is the recipient of the highest honor in Quebec? Yes, she was awarded the National Order of Quebec in addition to having stars on both the Hollywood and Canada Walks of Fame. She was also granted an honorary doctorate courtesy of the Laval University even though she never finished high school. Isn’t that great? She called it “a very great honor for a little girl from Charlemagne.”

Doctor Dion

Doctor Dion

She Had No Other Choice

Two years before Celine was born, the French musical artist Hugues Aufray came out with the song titled “Celine.” At the age of 5, Celine performed the same song during the wedding of her older brother. As fate would have it, this proved to be her breakthrough performance. She might have come from a musical family, though this moment made it clear that she was truly talented.

She Had No Other Choice

She Had No Other Choice

Discovered In The Weirdest Way

Even when she was small, her family did not fail to see the potential Celine had. Her mother and brother worked together to write a song in an attempt to get the young girl discovered. Their efforts paid off! Soon after this, the producer Rene Angelil contacted them.

Discovered In The Weirdest Way

Discovered In The Weirdest Way

Her Mom Had To Interfere

Celine’s mother sent him the demo with a note attached. It read “This is a 12-year-old with a fantastic voice. Please listen to her. We want her to be like Ginette Reno.” Though the producer did not respond in the beginning, Celine’s brother persuaded him to give his sister a chance and listen to the demo. He must have been impressed with what he heard after hitting play! He immediately got in touch and invited Celine to audition.

Her Mom Had To Interfere

Her Mom Had To Interfere

Her Audition Was Far From Normal

Rene was immediately taken with Celine’s talent. When the young girl auditioned, Rene handed her a fake mic and told her, “Here’s your microphone. Now sing as though you were in front of a sellout audience.” It seems like she delivered, and Rene was hooked with the talented Quebecois!

Her Audition Was Far From Normal

Her Audition Was Far From Normal

Younger Than Her Own Stepson

Before he met and fell in love with Celine, Rene Angelil had gotten married twice. He also fathered a son named Patrick Angelil with his first wife.

Younger Than Her Own Stepson

Younger Than Her Own Stepson

Rene Burst Into Tears

The audition was an emotional event for the two. When Celine began singing, Rene started crying! The young woman took it as a sign that she impressed him. Rene signed her right away, and he could tell she was going to be famous. However, he was also aware that she was inexperienced and needed to work hard before her career took off. At this point, Rene already had a vision for her.

Rene Burst Into Tears

Rene Burst Into Tears

High Stakes Gambler

Rene knew that there was a superstar waiting to be discovered in Celine. Interestingly, he even got a mortgage on his house just so he could ensure they had enough money to launch her first album. Luckily, his gamble paid off as her first single soared to the top of the Canadian charts. He is probably great at taking calculated risks since he used to have some gambling problems!

High Stakes Gambler

High Stakes Gambler

The Pope Loved Her

Pope John Paul II came to visit Quebec in 1984. At the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Celine sang “Une Colombe,” a wonderful French song from her album Melanie. The Pope enjoyed the performance, and Celine also had a blast singing for him!

The Pope Loved Her

The Pope Loved Her

She Demanded Time To Grow Up

She enjoyed a wonderful start to her singing career, though Renee told her to take a break. This was a risky move since Celine was still new to the industry. Regardless, she heeded his advice and took 18 months off. According to Celine, this was the time she turned into a woman.

She Demanded Time To Grow Up

She Demanded Time To Grow Up

Learning English And Going Global

It seemed like it was the right move to take a break for work. When Celine came back, she felt more confident about singing in the English language. Her new album was called Incognito. She ended up selling more than half a million copies!

Learning English And Going Global

Learning English And Going Global

America’s Sweetheart Was Born

In 1990, Celine came out with her first album in English. It was called Unison, and it certainly propelled her career. At this point, she was officially a big international celebrity. It went gold in the United States and many songs off the album made it to the top 10 charts. At this point, things were going great for her, though she had to confront a new obstacle.

America’s Sweetheart Was Born

America’s Sweetheart Was Born

Almost Losing Her Voice Forever

Before she went on tour, Celine Dion had to go through the ordeal of losing her voice! With all the work she had been doing, it is no wonder how she got laryngitis. Though she wanted to proceed touring, medical professionals recommended her to cut down on singing. If she refused to follow this, she would only exacerbate the situation.

Almost Losing Her Voice Forever

Almost Losing Her Voice Forever

Revealing Her Big Secret

Now, there had been a lot of rumors about her relationship with Rene since time immemorial. However, she did not let the public in on the secret right away. She only announced it right before she released the album The Colour of My Love.

Revealing Her Big Secret

Revealing Her Big Secret

Fearing The Public

Celine and Rene began dating when she was 19 years old. That’s not at all a bad age to date, though the 26-year age gap between them definitely complicated things. They might have a wonderful relationship, though they were aware people would not approve. They turned out to be right on that account, though it did not tear them apart. In fact, they went on to get married and start a family together.

Fearing The Public

Fearing The Public

She’s A Fantastic Secret Keeper

Celine actually kept the relationship a secret for more than 5 years! In an interview in 1994, Rene said he feared what the public would have to say about it. It was apparently Celine who wanted to make it public. She simply did not care if other people were going to judge them. She stated, “When you’re in love, you want to scream it to the world.”

She’s A Fantastic Secret Keeper

She’s A Fantastic Secret Keeper

Going Overboard

Celine and Rene became man and wife at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal on December 17, 1994. The wedding ceremony was even broadcasted on Canadian TV! By then, they were being treated like the Canadian royal couple and many were thrilled to watch the two tie the knot.

Going Overboard

Going Overboard

Bridezilla Or Royal Princess?

Celine was decked out in a wedding dress by Mirella and Steve Gentile. Apparently, it took them more than a thousand hours to make it! Perhaps this is due to the train that runs 20-foot long? The outfit was completed with a beautiful tiara that fit Celine perfectly. She looked nothing short of amazing!

Bridezilla Or Royal Princess@

Bridezilla Or Royal Princess@

Pricey Homes And Multiple Investments

For Celine and Renee, money was not an issue. This is evident by the mansion they bought that set them back $72 million. The Florida property came with three pools, a water park, and a golf course.

Pricey Homes And Multiple Investments

Pricey Homes And Multiple Investments

He Was Her Everything

After Titanic was released, Celine went on the “Let’s Talk About Love” tour. Everything was going well, though she received some heartbreaking news. Renee had just been diagnosed with throat cancer. She learned about it during a show and sang a song for him. Rene succumbed to the disease at the age of 73 on January 14, 2016.

He Was Her Everything

He Was Her Everything

Her Children’s Names Were Chosen Carefully

Before this happened, however, they welcomed a pair of twins on October 23, 2010. They welcomed Eddy and Nelson Angelil into the family. The former was named in honor of the French songwriter Eddy Marnay. Meanwhile, the other baby’s name was a tribute to Nelson Mandela.

Her Children’s Names Were Chosen Carefully

Her Children’s Names Were Chosen Carefully

Dreaming Of Changing The World

Do you remember the terrible tsunami that rocked Asia right after Christmas in 2004? Celine actually raised and donated funds to help the victims. She did the same thing during the Hurricane Katrina crisis. Moreover, she publicly spoked about the shortcomings of the U.S. government during the disaster.

Dreaming Of Changing The World

Dreaming Of Changing The World

Her Secret Dad

Celine talks a lot about her mother during interviews, though she rarely mentions her father. He was Adhemar Dion, and he died in 2001. She once said, “My dad was and is still my number one fan since I was a very little girl. I know that my dad would want me to be here tonight on stage with everyone I love, doing what we love.”

Her Secret Dad

Her Secret Dad

She Prepared her Kids for Death

Celine had to take on the challenge of readying her kids for the passing of their father. We are sure that this was not an easy task. In retrospect, she said, “I’m proud of the way I prepared my boys for their dad’s death. In life, you never know what’s going to happen, so you should never wait for tomorrow to do what can be done today, to say I love you, or send a thank-you note…The future is now.”

She Prepared Her Kids For Death

She Prepared Her Kids For Death

Her Son is Too Young

Celine’s eldest son, Rene Charles Angelil earned quite the following when he appeared at the Billboard Music Awards to present an award to his talented mother. It was considered one of his first appearances in public. His good looks surely made an impression on girls and women of all ages!

Her Son Is Too Young

Her Son Is Too Young

She Made it to 90

The relationship between Celine Dion and her mother might not always be smooth sailing, though they have managed to remain close. Therese Dion is still alive and kicking. She turned 91 years old this year!

She Made It To 90

She Made It To 90

She NEVER Misses a Beat

Interviews can be difficult and many celebrities are not fond of answering questions. Celine Dion is not one of them! She has always been pleasant in the interviews she took part in. When she went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Celine was complimented on her jewelry and she responded by singing “She worked hard for the money.” We’re glad to have such a fun and positive role model!

She NEVER Misses A Beat

She NEVER Misses A Beat

Without a Brother

Overall, Celine experienced a lot of luck and love in her lifetime. However, she also underwent several misfortunes over the years. She actually lost her husband and a brother in the span of one week. We bet it was a difficult time for her.

Without A Brother

Without A Brother

Her Siblings Never Made It Big

You likely already know that she came from a large musically-gifted family. One of her sisters, Claudette, wanted a music career as well. However, she was unable to match Celine’s level of success.

Her Siblings Never Made It Big

Her Siblings Never Made It Big

Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense

Aside from singing and performing, Celine also decided to launch a fashion line of her own. As one of the best-dressed celebrities the world has ever seen, this was practically a no-brainer! For her line, she released more than 200 bags and accessories. She took inspiration from her own family. In interviews, she claimed that her mother and twin sons served as the main inspiration for the collection.

Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense

Making Money Off Her Fashion Sense

TV Debut

When it comes to performance, Celine has also dipped her toes into acting. In the past, she accepted several cameo roles for television. She actually guest starred on the show All My Children!

TV Debut

TV Debut

A Voice Worth Hundreds Of Millions

She might have dabbled in other fields and professions, though her passion still lies in singing. Her voice was the reason she could now support her family, and it launched her rags to riches story. At the moment, she has a net worth of $700 million!

A Voice Worth Hundreds Of Millions

A Voice Worth Hundreds Of Millions

A Canadian Star

Did you know that there are not a lot of Canadians on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Celine is one of the few who have their own stars there! Moreover, she is part of an even smaller number of artists with a star there, as well as, in Canada.

A Canadian Star

A Canadian Star

They Are All Related

You might have a hard time believing this next fact. All the celebs in this picture are related to Celine by blood! Beyoncé, Madonna, and Shania Twain can all trace their roots to the French-Canadian carpenter Zacharie Cloutier. He left France for North America in 1634 in order to establish a better life. He was one of the first people who inhabited “New France.” It is pretty impressive to learn that the celebrities in this picture, Celine included, are related to him!

They Are All Related

They Are All Related

Master Of Many Tongues

If you were somehow still unimpressed with Celine, this next fact will blow your socks off! We know that she mostly performs in the English or French language, though she also sang songs in other languages. She has performed in Spanish, Italian, Latin, German, Mandarin, and Japanese!

Master Of Many Tongues

Master Of Many Tongues

A Staggering Net Worth

Her life did a 180 when she made it big in the entertainment industry. It was a true pauper to princess story. She has since built a massive fortune thanks to her sold out concerts, millions in sales, successful fashion line, lucrative restaurant chain, and real estate investments. During the 2000’s, she was declared to be the highest grossing artist! In one Las Vegas performance alone, she earned $465 million. Whoa.

A Staggering Net Worth

A Staggering Net Worth

Hit And Miss

Celine Dion is sure lucky to have plenty of hit songs under her name. She also recorded several songs for films, though none were able to surpass the success achieved by “My Heart Will Go On.” Under her belt, she also has “Dreams to Dream” for the animated film An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. Though we guess we don’t really have to explain that it didn’t end up getting all that popular, huh?

Hit And Miss

Hit And Miss

Love of Golf

Celine Dion is just full of surprises! Can you believe that the songstress loves golf? Yes, she likes to both play and watch! Apparently, golf has been one of her major hobbies all her life.

Love Of Golf

Love Of Golf

Love Of Golf

She even did something that will show how much she enjoys golf. In 2008, she took her adoration of the sport took to a whole new level. She and Rene decided to renovate and modernize Le Mirage. They donated millions to the club for the process and even helped promote it. On the website, you can see their official public statement, and the text reads “a visit to the Mirage is an adventure in itself.”

Celine Playing Golf

Celine Playing Golf

And The Winner Goes To…Celine Dion

There is denying the fact that Celine Dion has a fantastic voice. She has the awards to prove it! She is definitely deserving of these accolades. Did you know that she also holds the title of the artist with the most performances at the Academy Awards?

And The Winner Goes To…Celine Dion

And The Winner Goes To…Celine Dion

The Oscars

Celine Dion has recorded several soundtrack hits, and this is likely why she has repeatedly been asked to perform at the Oscars awarding ceremony. She has outperformed every other artist during these events! In 2011, she officially performed more than any other musician in 2011. That was her 6th time on that stage, and she sang “Smile.” It was dedicated to the celebrities who passed away in the previous year.

Oscar Performances

Oscar Performances

Oscar Fashion

Celine Dion is known for many things, and her fashion sense is one of them. During the 1999 Oscars, she donned a backwards white tux. What a bold move!

Backwards Oscar Tux

Backwards Oscar Tux

Backwards White Tux

It goes without saying that Celine was criticized for her outfit. According to others, it was nothing more than a “fashion disaster.” In an interview with People, Celine said she has zero regrets about the outfit that was ahead of its time. We definitely admired her then, and we admire her now! Her ability to take fashion risks is definitely admirable.

Backwards White Tux

Backwards White Tux

White Backwards Tux

Celine once said, “When I wore that look, yes it was at the Oscars, and when I wore that, everyone was wearing dresses, not pants.” She added, “I was the only one with pants in a backward suit from Galliano and if I would do this today it would work. It was avant-garde at that time. And it doesn’t matter, you just have to assume what you wear, you wear, and I did.”

Backwards White Tux And Gwens Dress At The Oscars

Backwards White Tux And Gwens Dress At The Oscars

It’s All Coming Back To Me Now

Now, let us go back to her music. This is one fascinating tidbit you would like. Her song “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” was almost performed by Meat Loaf! How crazy is that? However, the song’s composer eventually decided that it was better suited for a female artist, and that was how it ended up with Celine Dion. We’re sure he doesn’t regret changing his mind.

A Hit Out Of Hell

A Hit Out Of Hell

Clinging On To Her Children

It is not surprising to hear that Celine had some difficulty getting over the death of her husband. She has talked openly about the topic, and she once said, “I miss him a lot for my partner, for the man I was embracing, kissing, making love with. I organize myself to not feel lonely. So what’s happened is I got myself a huge bed and I sleep with my twins. My twins are comforting me a lot. I need them. I need them close.”

Clinging On To Her Children

Clinging On To Her Children

She Can Pretty Much Sing Anything

One of the reasons Celine Dion has made it as a musician is her vocal range, of course. There seems to be no song that she can’t sing! She is famous for the diversity of her music and she loves making her own versions of songs by other artists. For example, she recorded great renditions of John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy,” Cyndi Lauper’s “I Drove All Night,” and Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself.” Now, who else can do that? Good work, Celine!

She Can Pretty Much Sing Anything

She Can Pretty Much Sing Anything

Collaborations

Aside from putting her own spin on other hits by other musicians, Celine is also known in the industry for being “a great collaborator.” She has performed amazing duets with other talented artists like Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Luciano Pavarotti, and Michael Jackson.

Collaborations

Collaborations

Certified Diamond

In 1999, the Record Industry Association of America started calling albums with more than 10 million sales “diamond status.” Celine Dion is officially one of the only popular musicians who achieved this. She actually has two albums that have attained diamond status! Can you guess which ones they were? They were the 1996 album Falling Into You and the 1997 album.
Let’s Talk About Love.

Certified Diamond

Certified Diamond

A Best Selling Female Artist

Beginning in 1991, record execs started tracking album sales with the use of the Nielson Soundscan System. The data has revealed that Celine Dion is one of the best-selling female musicians in both the United States and Canada! She ranks third after Rihanna and Mariah Carey. How cool is that?

A Best Selling Female Artist

A Best Selling Female Artist

Catholic Star

Celine Dion was raised under the Roman Catholic faith. In 2014, she said, “It’s important for people to have something they can touch and believe in.” She continued by saying, “I say that to believe in yourself is to believe in God. For me, God is life itself, the birds, the air, the sunrise and the sunset, the children. Yes, that is where I find God. Not in a church.”

Catholic Star

Catholic Star

Reaching For Gold

Celine Dion also made records in the international level. Aside from earning international fame, she was able to make it in the difficult music market of France. Her single “D’amour ou d’amitié” means “Of Love or Of Friendship” in English, and it earned gold status in France.

Reaching For Gold

Reaching For Gold

Upgrading Her Image

As her fame increased, Celine also matured and changed her style. She and her manager made the decision to upgrade her appearance. Celine felt insecure about her teeth, and it certainly did not help that the tabloids called her “Canine Dion.” During the mid-80’s, she chose to undergo several dental procedures to improve her teeth.

Upgrading Her Image

Upgrading Her Image

Mid Career Misses

Just like we said earlier, Celine decided to take a three-year break from work. When she ended her hiatus, she came out with the 2002 album A New Day Has Come. The album talked a lot about her experience as a new mother.

Mid Career Misses

Mid Career Misses

Accessible To All

Despite everything she has, Celine Dion remains a down-the-earth person who treats her supporters well. Once her husband passed away, she took the time to personally see every fan who wanted to express their condolences. This was such a selfless gesture, and we are sure it was not easy at all for her. She also allowed the broadcasting of the eight-hour funeral for the sake of her fans and the general public.

Accessible To All

Accessible To All

She Won By A Single Point

Celine Dion also participated in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1988. However, it was a little weird that she was a representative for Switzerland, although she has no ties to the country. Regardless, she beat the UK and won by a single vote!

She Won By A Single Point

She Won By A Single Point

Michael Jackson’s Fanatic Fan

Did you know that Celine Dion was a huge fan of Michael Jackson? As she was starting out, she openly told Rene that she wished to copy all his achievements. Michael Jackson was a huge influence on her, and we daresay she achieved her goal. After all, she also won numerous awards and released multiple albums even before she turned 18 years old!

Michael Jackson’s Fanatic Fan

Michael Jackson’s Fanatic Fan

A 5-Year-Old Hanging Out At A Bar

The Dion family used to own a piano bar in Charlemagne, Quebec. It was called “Le Vieux Baril,” and it means “The Old Barrel” in English. Her family often practiced playing music there. At only 5 years old, Celine was already a regular performer!

A 5 Year Old Hanging Out At A Bar

A 5 Year Old Hanging Out At A Bar

“A New Day Has Come” Received Harsh Criticism

Her album A New Day Has Come discussed what motherhood has been like for her. It was the first one of her albums to reach the top spot on the Billboard 200. Regardless, critics did not like it and said the lyrics were “lifeless” and “forgettable.” Yikes.

A New Day Has Come Recieved Harsh Critiscm

A New Day Has Come Recieved Harsh Critiscm

Gold In France

It’s interesting to hear that Celine Dion became the first Canadian artist to have achieved gold status for her French record sales. Perhaps, the most amazing thing about it was that she attained this when she was only a teenager.

Gold In France

Gold In France

Switzerland?

Celine Dion first achieved international fame during the early 1980’s when she won two competitions. She won both the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival in 1982 and the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988. For both competitions, she represented the Swiss Confederation.

Switzerland@

Switzerland@

Caesars Palace

During the peak of her career in 1999, Celine Dion took a break from work so that she could spend time with her husband. This was the time right after he received his cancer diagnosis. In 2002, she returned and signed a nightly performance deal at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace

Most Successful Concert Residency Of All Time

Yep, that title also belongs to her, as well! She had five-star theatrical shows at Caesars Palace that ended up being the highest grossing residency in history. Overall, they raked in $385 million dollars!

Most Successful Concert Residency Of All Time

Most Successful Concert Residency Of All Time

Another Residency Show!

Thanks to the success of the show, Celine came back in 2011 for her second residency. This time, she signed a contract that indicated she will perform for them until 2019.

Another Residency Show

Another Residency Show

Highest Paid Resident Performer

Aside from that, Celine Dion is considered the highest paid resident performer in history. She earns about $500,00 for every show. She has even surpassed people like Britney Spears, Elton John, and Mariah Carey.

Highest Paid Resident Performer

Highest Paid Resident Performer

Documentary Success

Oprah Winfrey’s Network AKA OWN released a documentary about Celine Dion in 2011. It tackled even the most intimate details of the singer’s life, from her childhood to the Las Vegas shows. The documentary is, in fact, the 2nd highest rated show on the Canadian channel.

Documentary Success

Documentary Success

Everyone Wants To Sit Next To Her

FlightNetwork.com recently conducted a survey asking 780 people for the celebrity they would like to be seated next to them on a plane. Obviously, Celine Dion made her way to the top! She garnered 23.7% of the total votes. If we were part of the poll, she would have been our answer as well.

Everyone Wants To Sit Next To Her

Everyone Wants To Sit Next To Her

Perfume Lines

Did you know that Celine Dion also has several business ventures to her name? One of the most successful of these would definitely be her line of perfumes. This year, the singer released the 14th addition to her Celine Dion Parfums Collection. It is called “Signature.”

Perfume Lines

Perfume Lines

She Is Influenced By The Greatest Artists

Celine cites artists such as Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Charles Aznavour, Barbra Streisand, Anne Murray, and the Bee Gees as her main musical influences.

She Is Influenced By The Greatest Artists

She Is Influenced By The Greatest Artists

She Has A Great Sense Of Humor

Celine Dion is a public figure, so it was only a matter of time before she was the subject of impersonations on shows like This House Has 22 Minutes, MADtv, Royal Canadian Air Farce, South Park, and Saturday Night Live. They caricatured her stage antics and strong accent. Luckily, Celine Dion took it in stride and claimed to be unbothered by the impersonations. In fact, she has mentioned that she was flattered people did it! Once, she even asked Ana Gasteyer, her SNL impersonator, to go up the stage with her during one of her New York shows. Man, isn’t she the best?

She Has A Great Sense Of Humor

She Has A Great Sense Of Humor

Hurricane Katrina

Celine Dion generally tries to keep out of politics. However, she could not restrain her emotions during the Hurricane Katrina ordeal in 2005. The singer went on Larry King Live to share what she had in mind. With tears in her eyes, she lambasted the US government for their slow disaster response. She even said, “There are 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.”

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina

She Is Greatly Admired By Other Artists

There are many talented young artists who called Celine Dion one of their biggest influences. The list includes the likes of Adele, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Frank Ocean, Jordin Sparks, Lea Michele, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift. If we were musically talented, we would have credited her, too!

She Is Greatly Admired By Other Artists

She Is Greatly Admired By Other Artists

Timbaland Loves Her Too

DJ Timbaland is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer. He once said, “Celine has such a beautiful, mesmerizing voice. She is so talented. I think we could create something that is a classic like she is already.”

Timbaland Loves Her Too

Timbaland Loves Her Too

Celine Changed Vegas

Gary Bongiovanni of Pollstar also mentioned that Celine Dion completely redefined what musical artists could accomplish in Las Vegas. Caesars Palace vice-president of entertainment Kurt Melien seems to agree on the level of influence she has. He said, “Celine was a pioneer without question…Twenty years ago, we couldn’t have got someone the stature of Britney Spears to appear in Vegas. Stars like her would never have considered it if Celine hadn’t paved the way. She changed the face of modern Vegas.”

Celine Changed Vegas

Celine Changed Vegas

Song Of The Century

The National Endowment for the Arts and The Recording Industry Association of America both called “My Heart Will Go On” one of the Songs of the Century. It’s clear how this came to be, right?

Song Of The Century

Song Of The Century

Goodwill Ambassador

In 2010, Celine Dion was also appointed a UN Goodwill Ambassador. This program was incepted by the United Nations in 1999.

Goodwill Ambassador

Goodwill Ambassador

Canada Honored Her Too

Of course, her home country also celebrated her for bringing honor to them. In 2013, she was given the Companion of the Order of Canada. It is considered the highest accolade in Canada!

Canada Honored Her Too

Canada Honored Her Too

She’s A Big Philanthrophist

Her worldwide philanthropic and charitable efforts basically granted the singer the title of a UN Goodwill Ambassador. Celine Dion has worked with several organizations such as the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She also provides aid to children in need and even helped raise money with McDonald’s for the World Children’s Day.

Shes A Big Philanthrophist

Shes A Big Philanthrophist

An Emotional Announcement

It has been several years since Celine Dion had to say goodbye to her beloved husband Rene. The couple had been married for 22 years at the time of his passing. Recently, she gave an announcement regarding her love life. Around this time, the grapevine was full of rumors about a new romance in the singer’s life. When she was asked about it in a recent interview, here was what she had to say: “Bizarre. Now it is definitely too soon for me. I am definitely in love with him, married to him…He’s the love of my life. It’s very difficult for me to see myself with another person.”

An Emotional Announcement

An Emotional Announcement

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