Céline Dion

Active - 1995 - 2015  |   Born - Mar 30, 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada  |   Genres - Music

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Top-selling Canadian chanteuse Celine Dion may have a handful of appearances in music documentaries to her credit, including George Martin's Beatles cover project In My Life (1998), but she is better known cinematically as the voice of several enormously popular movie ballads. She sang the Oscar-winning theme of Disney's animated hit Beauty and the Beast (1991) with Peabo Bryson and her rendition of "Because You Loved Me" for Up Close & Personal (1996) became a bestseller. Dion's career as movie vocalist hit a record-breaking apex when composer James Horner enlisted her to sing the kind of love ballad director James Cameron had expressly nixed for his romance disaster epic Titanic (1997). Cameron relented when he heard the result and Dion's performance of eventual Best Song Oscar-winner "My Heart Will Go On" became as king-size a hit as Cameron's blockbuster film in 1998 (and eclipsed her vocalizing for the animated Quest for Camelot (1998)). In 2002, Dion set up shop in Las Vegas, performing in a residency show at Caesars Palace for over four years. She later had a second residency at Caesarsm, beginning in 2011. Dion made a cameo appearance in Muppets Most Wanted in 2014, playing Miss Piggy's Fairy Godmother.

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  • The youngest of 14 children.
  • Sang at her parents' piano bar as a child and performed throughout Canada with her siblings in a group called Dion's Family.
  • At 12, sent a demo tape to personal manager René Angélil, who mortgaged his home to finance her first record. The two started dating in 1988 and married six years later.
  • Works toward promoting public awareness of cystic fibrosis, which claimed the life of her niece in 1993.
  • Sold out more than 700 consecutive performances during her 2003-07 run at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace.