Celine Dion first met her future husband when she was 12 and he was 38. Rene Angelil was, at that time, her manager. Angelil mortgaged his home in order to finance her first album. The two were wed in 1994.
Celine Dion is French-Canadian. While she is most noted for her work recorded in the English language, she has also recorded an album in French entitled Deux.
Much of Celine Dion's fame has been gained through songs she has contributed to movie soundtracks. Most notably,, Dion recorded "My Heart Will Go On
" for James Cameron's Titanic
. Dion also achieved a great deal of success for several songs contributed to Up Close and Personal
, starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Celine Dion is the winner of two Academy Awards, one for a duet with Peabo Bryson recorded for the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack, and another for a solo piece recorded for Titanic.
In 2009 Dion pressed charges against a man who was reportedly stalking her. One evening the man followed her to her home and demanded to see her. He refused to leave and eventually the police were called in and the man was committed to a psychiatric hospital.
Dion has received the most critical acclaim for her 1996 album, Falling Into You. This album incorporated many unusual musical effects such as African chanting and Spanish guitar. Many critics heralded it as compelling and well crafted.
In 2002 Dion announced a three-year commitment to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The show as billed as an "entertainment extravaganza" and was titled A New Day... The wildly successful show combined music, dance and other types of performance. Because of its success, A New Day… continued for an additional two years, ending on December 15, 2007, after a five-year run. It revitalized and revolutionized the Las Vegas entertainment scene, and many artists followed Dion to do successful residencies.
Celine's 12th French-speaking album, Sans Attendre, sold over a million copies and was the best-selling album of 2012 in France and Quebec.
Celine Dion's husband René Angélil died from throat cancer on January 14, 2016. Two days later, the singer lost another close family member when her brother Daniel passed away aged 59 after battling brain, tongue and throat cancer.
Celine Dion was the youngest of the 14 children to Thérèse (née Tanguay), a homemaker, and Adhémar Dion, a butcher.
She was raised in a poverty-stricken, but, by her own account, happy home, at one point sleeping in a drawer.
Celine Dion stood near the open casket of her deceased husband for seven hours to greet and comfort complete strangers who had arrived to pay their respects at the public visitation held on the eve of Rene Angelil's funeral. She was only expected to stay for 30 minutes.