Céline Dion's Interesting Facts

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1 First record album Céline ever bought was Stevie Wonder's "Talking Book" (1972).
2 Returned to work 5 months after giving birth to her twins Eddy and Nelson in order to begin performing in the United States tour "Céline".
3 Gave birth to her first child at age 32, son Rene-Charles Angelil, on January 25, 2001. Child's father is her husband, René Angelil.
4 Gave birth to twin boys (her second and third child) at age 42, Nelson Angelil and Eddy Angelil on October 23, 2010. Children's father is her husband, René Angelil.
5 Soon after giving to birth her twin sons admitted that she expected triplets, but third boy died.
6 She was awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario in 1999.
7 Named her fraternal twin sons "Nelson" and "Eddy", in honor of Nelson Mandela and Eddy Marnay, respectively.
8 Sister of: Denise, Clément, Claudette, Liette, Michel, Louise, Jacques, Daniel, Ghislaine, Linda, Manon, Paul and Pauline.
9 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 6, 2004.
10 She was awarded the CC (Companion of the Order of Canada) by the Governor General of Canada on July 26, 2013 for her services to music.
11 Started a restaurant chain in Québec called "Nickels" (1990), later on introduced in Ontario.
12 Her mother, Thérèse Tanguay Dion (better known as "maman Dion" in Québec), is famous for her culinary talents.
13 At age 16, Céline sang "Une colombe" (a well known French song) for Pope John Paul II at the Montreal Olympic Stadium in front of 65,000 people.
14 Recorded a duet with Barbra Streisand titled "Tell Him".
15 Her sister Linda lives with her, her husband René Angelil and son Rene-Charles Angelil (2007).
16 In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings at $45 million for the year.
17 Celine played her last show at the Caesar's Palace on December 15, 2007, she received 11 standing ovations. The first was before she even finished her first song.
18 Her favorite songs are "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, "The Show Must Go On" by Queen, "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" by Elton John, "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin, "Why?" by Annie Lennox, "It Was a Very Good Year" by Frank Sinatra, "Home" by Michael Bublé, "Purple Rain" by Prince, "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder and "Riders on the Storm" by The Doors. (Source: BBC Radio 2 "Tracks of My Years").
19 In tradition with memorial-based videos as Natalie Cole with her father and Aaliyah with Marvin Gaye, released on Elvis Presley's 72nd birthday a digital duet of herself with him from one of his 1970s television performances.
20 Has promoted the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since 1982, whose National Celebrity Patron she became in 1993.
21 Although considering herself not a political person, she tearfully criticized U.S. President George W. Bush regarding the Iraq War and his slow response in aiding the victims of Hurricane Katrina when she appeared on Larry King Live (1985).
22 Many consider her 1987 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), when Jay Leno filled in for Johnny Carson, and her black-and-white video remix of Michael Jackson's song "Bad" her best early English-speaking performances.
23 Has a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for selling the most French-language album of all time for "D'eux" ("The French Album"), with over 6.4 million copies sold. The album also went to #1 in England.
24 November 30, 2003: She performed the same night her father died and dedicated the show to him.
25 She sings frequently in English and in French, but she has also sang in Spanish, German and Japanese.
26 She owns the golf club Le Mirage in Terrebonne near Montreal.
27 Her niece Karine died of Cystic Fibrosis in her arms.
28 Was in talks to star alongside Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Runaway Bride (1999).
29 1988: She won the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland, for Switzerland, with the song "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi" ("Don't Leave Without Me"). The television broadcast of the contest was watched by 600 million viewers throughout Europe and the Middle East.
30 Her parents were both of French-Canadian descent. She and Madonna share the same French-Canadian heritage through a common ancestor, Zacharie Cloutier (c. 1590-1677).
31 Her lucky charm is a 1968 Canadian nickel because she found one in Japan before she went on stage to sing at the Yamaha song contest, which she won.
32 Has her own brand of perfume called "Celine Dion: Parfum".
33 2006: Estimated to have sold 220 million albums during her career to date.
34 Has won five Grammy Awards since 1992 including "Album of the Year" in 1996 for "Falling Into You" and "Record of the Year" for "My Heart Will Go On".
35 June 25, 2003: She received a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.
36 Husband mortgaged his house to fund Celine's first album when she was an unknown 12-year-old.
37 Her husband, René Angelil, is of Syrian/Lebanese ancestry.
38 Building a home in Las Vegas, Nevada, where in March 2003, she will begin giving 200 performances a year for three years in a special theater built for her by Caesars Palace; she will be paid $100 million for this deal.
39 She has over 500 pairs of shoes.
40 She loves to play golf.
41 She has homes in Las Vegas, Nevada and in Laval and Terrebonne, (located in the Province of Quebec), Canada.
42 February 23, 2001: Awarded the rights to the Internet domain name www.celinedion.com by the UN World Intellectual Property Organization from "cybersquatter" Jeff Burgar. Burgar had also registered www.juliebrown.com and www.brucespringsteen.com, which were transferred to Julie Brown and Bruce Springsteen, respectively, that day.
43 She endorses a line of eyewear sold in Canada and Europe.
44 She has her own magazine, Celine Dion Magazine.
45 She is three months younger than her stepson Patrick Angélil.
46 She first met her manager and future husband René Angelil when she was 12 and he was 38.
47 She and her siblings sit on the board of Fondation Achille-Tanguay, an organization/clearinghouse founded by her mother in 1998 which helps poor Québec families toward self-sufficiency. Name has been changed to "Fondation maman Dion" in 2006.
48 Because of her "sharp-looking" smile, Celine was known as "Vampire Queen" in high school.
49 January 5, 2000: Renewed wedding vows with husband René Angelil at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
50 Born to Adhémar Dion and his wife Thérèse Tanguay, she is the youngest of 14 children.
51 1998: Honored by two governments in two days: on April 30, her home province of Québec awarded her the Ordre National du Québec, and on May 1, she became an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Sources:
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