French-Canadian singer Céline Dion was born on March 30, 1968. I feel like I should like her better than I do, since she’s probably our most famous export since maple syrup. Unfortunately, I find her just as cloyingly sweet.
- she’s the youngest of 14 children
- her manager (and later husband) mortgaged his home to produce her first record
- in 1988, she won the Eurovision song contest, representing Switzerland
- in 1991, she recorded the title track of “Beauty and the Beast” with Peabo Bryson (this is my favorite Dion song, as my daughter was obsessed with the movie when she was a tot); the song won an Academy Award and a Grammy
- in 1997, she recorded the theme track for Titanic “My Heart Will Go On” (this is another goodie – I just can’t watch her perform it live); this one won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for the best song, and Record of the Year
- in 2002, she started a multi-year contract with The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas that ran until 2007; the gross receipts were $400 and the spectacle was seen by almost 3 million fans
- in 2004, she was named the best-selling female artist of all time, with over 175 million in worldwide album sales
- those sales are now estimated at over 200 million albums
- in 2011, she was back at Caesar’s Palace and she’s still performing live there
- she has recorded 12 French albums, 10 English albums, and 3 holiday albums – two in French, one in English
- she has won 176 different music awards worldwide
- Céline and I do have something in common – she loves shoes; apparently she owns about 3,000 pairs!
Dion’s first single was “Ce n’était qu’un rêve” (suh neteh kuhn rev) which means “it was only a dream.” The superstardom of a girl from small-town Quebec must seem like it’s only dream to her. Maybe the shoes make it all feel real.
- How Canadians saved Vegas (thestar.com)
- Celine Dion’s New Album Features Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo, Adele Producers (k1047.cbslocal.com)
- WATCH: Celine Dion Sings In Mandarin For Chinese New Year (huffingtonpost.ca)