keeps preciously a 5 cent coin minted in 1968, her
year of birth, which she found on the ground before one of her firsts concerts.
When she was two years old, Celine Dion suffered a car accident with a truck
that almost killed her.
On the "A New Day Has Come CBS Special", filmed at the Kodak Theatre,
in February 2002,
Celine Dion wore a fabulous 76.4-carat Archduke
Joseph diamond, valued at $30 million
and said to be the 12th-largest flawless diamond in the world.
introduced by her parents to René Angélil, a well respected personal
manager in January 1981. René was so taken by the voice of the young
Celine, that he became determined to make her an internationally known
talent. He even mortgaged his house to finance the recording of Celine's
debut album. Has a consequence, Rene's wife asked the divorce and
Celine's album was a success.
In December 2002, Celine Dion shoot in Paris, the music video of "Goodbye's
(the saddest word)". In April 2006, a
new version of this video which contains never before seen scenes was found.
In 102 seconds of unreleased images you can see a
beautiful Celine Dion in a bathtub and wearing a sexy pink dress. Click here
to see some pictures of the unreleased version.
1994, Celine married with René. He's 26 years older than Celine.
wedding gown was designed by Mirella
Gentile of Créations Belle Di Sera. It was made by hand, of silk and
French lace, with pearls and accents. Celine calls it her "The Age
of Innocence" dress because she crafted the ideas for the design of
the dress by watching the movie.
As you probably know, Celine won the 1988
Eurovision Song Contest with
the song "Ne partez pas sans moi", but did you know that 3
positions behind her was Lara Fabian with "Croire".
Jackson likes Celine
years ago, she asked him for an autograph by interposed persons, he
returned her a dedicated photo "To Celine with Love", as well
as the hat which he wore for Billy Jean's clip, also dedicated.
2001, Dion participated on a charity single with
Michael Jackson. The song was called "What more
can I give", and it was expected to raise more than $50 million for
families of victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Dion took part in the song among many other artists like Mariah Carey, Ricky
Martin, Carlos Santana, Beyoncé Knowles, Backstreet Boys, Mya, Gloria Estefan,
Skakira, Brian McKnight, Alejandro Sans...
was also part of the Spanish version of "What more can I give" titled
"Todo para ti".
the single was never released...
lost her voice in a 1990 concert
I lost the voice, I was very afraid, because I had badly trained, I had too much
spoken and sung. I went and saw a song professional in New York, a doctor of
voice and then he said to me, if you want to sing all your life, it is necessary
that you do exactly what I am going to tell you to do. He asked me to stop
speaking during 3 weeks, I had an inflammation on vocal cords. And now every
time I have a rest day and every time I am on tour I never speak and it is the
favorite day with everything people who surround me. It is true that it is hard,
but it is a job and I am paid expensively to do it, people come and see me in
spectacle, buy discs, I must give the maximum of myself".
Bill and Hillary Clinton are Celine's
1993, Celine sang "Love Can Move Mountains" for the new
president of the United States. Hillary Clinton was so impressed with her
voice that said: "You are fantastic".
1996 Celine Dion was invited to perform at the White House for the
inauguration of Bill Clinton.
Clinton and his family also saw Celine singing on the Millennium Concert
(December 31, 1999) that was exclusively broadcasted to the White House.
Celine started the show saying: "Mr. President and Mrs. Clinton, I
know that you're watching us right now and I would like to wish you and
everyone in Washington a very, very Happy New Year".
Celine is the Patron of the
Canadian Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation, since the
death of her niece Karine, 16, in 1993, with this disease.
Karine died in Celine's arms
when she visited her at the hospital.
The French album, D'eux, with the song
"Pour que tu m'aimes encore" remained 44 weeks as number 1 in
France, becoming the best selling French album of all time.
album was also embraced by English-speaking listeners; in fact, it even
reached the upper British charts and became the first French-language
album to be certified gold in the UK.
In October 1996, Celine Dion became the first singer ever with 3
albums simultaneously on the French Top 20, with the album "Live à Paris" at
#1, "Falling into you" at #6 and "D'eux" at #16.
broke a hotel window when she was playing golf.
On May 22, 2003 Shania Twain attended
to Celine's show in Las Vegas. The country singer was so impressed with
the diva's performance that the day after she wrote this letter to Celine
Celine Dion makes the big
spenders as much for the money she spends on others as for what she spends
on herself. Every year, the diva throws a $1 million Christmas party for her
family and friends. A few yers ago, she gave each of her 13 siblings $100,000 in
their stockings. She has gifted her parents with a $3 million Palm Beach mansion
and an equally posh Canadian ski Chalet. But she doesn't neglect herself either.
"I love shopping," says Celine. "All year long, I buy clothes.
This is my favorite thing. It's the most expensive sport I have ever done in my
life. We have four houses and they're all full of my shoes. I buy shoes and then
I buy outfits to go with them." She has more than 3,000
pairs of shoes - so many that her husband
surprised her with a $200,000 300-square-foot closet, complete with heated marble
floor and Louis XIV furniture.
On December 13, 1999, Celine Dion was invited of The
Rosie O'Donnell Show where she sang "That's The Way It
Is". Just after her performance, Celine broke the heel of her
custom-made Lanvin left boot.
and gave the pair of boots to Rosie for her benefit auctions. Celine's
boots were sold by US$7,000 on eBay.
According to an article published on W Magazine, September 2007, "Celine
is one of the few celebrities who prefer to acquire their fancy gowns and other
accoutrements the old-fashioned way: by buying them!"
received the key of the city of Montreal, on November 1999, was built on
June 2000, a globe in honour of Celine
is located in front of the Montreal city hall.
given to Celine the key of the city in 1983, Charlemagne honored again her
most famous child. In April 2000, "the Notre-Dame street" where
Dion grew up was renamed Boulevard Céline-Dion.
Heart Will Go On almost didn't happen
will perform this song for the rest of my life and it will always remain a
very emotional experience for me. [Titanic director] James Cameron didn't
want to have any songs in this movie. The composer James Horner wrote that
song without him knowing. He said, James Cameron does not know about this,
but would you sing that song just to give it a try as a demo? So we did a
demo, and the demo became the record. I never
re-sang the song. They built the orchestra around it. I'm glad
James Cameron changed his mind about having a song in the movie. A lot of
people related to that song. I'm here because I want to be with people. I
want to enter their lives. That song is a very important moment in both my
career and my life".
Walk of Fame star
diva was honored with the first Hollywood Walk of Fame star of 2004.
star, which is number 2,244, was unveiled on Tuesday, January 6, in
front of the Kodak Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.
On October 10, 2004 the Society of Singers honored Celine Dion with
an Ella Award.
Dion received the award, named after singer Ella Fitzgerald, during a gala
event held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Previous
recipients of this prestigious award include Frank Sinatra, Rosemary
Clooney, Placido Domingo and Peggy Lee, among others.
became the youngest singer to receive this honor.
On January 22, 1996 the French Government awarded Celine with the
prestigious title of "Knight of the Order of
Arts and Letters" in recognition of her status as the
best-selling French-language artist in history. The award recognizes
people whose exceptional accomplishments have contributed significantly to
furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.
"It's All Coming Back To Me Now" is one of
the most expensive music videos ever. Nigel
Dick directed the music video for Dion's version. It cost 2,3 million dollars
and was shot between June 29 and July 3, 1996 in the summer palace of the Czech
Emperor, Ploskovice and Barandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic There are two
versions of this music video; the full version (about 7:44 in length) and the
single version (about 5:30 in length). Both of them are included on Dion's 2001
DVD video collection All the Way… A Decade of Song & Video.
According to the Sunday
Times, Andrew Lloyd Webber told Jim
Steinman he thought "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" is "the
greatest love song ever written", and on hearing the Celine Dion version
reportedly said: "This will be the record of the millennium."
to modern computer and television technology Celine
Dion made TV history in USA, on April 25th, 2007, when she performed live "If
I Can Dream" in duet with an hologram of Elvis
Presley, during the American
Idol "Idol Gives Back" charity special.
Have you ever seen Celine's birth certificate?
a scan of it:
On February 23rd, 1997, Celine Dion performed in a private concert for His
Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah,
the Sultan of Brunei, one of the richest
person in the world. The singer received 10 million dollars for this show.
On July 19, 1996, Celine Dion inspired
millions around the world when she performed "The
Power Of The Dream" at the opening ceremonies for the
XXVI Summer Olympics in Atlanta, USA. Former American President Bill
Clinton had insisted that Celine be the one to perform this very special
song. Celine's captivating performance was later included on her album
"The Collectors Series Volume One".
father favourite female artist is: "Celine Dion!"
Troy Dunn - MyFamily.com - claims that Madonna and Celine Dion are related
distant cousins and can prove it.
Catherine Zeta Jones printed ad to praise Celine's show in
Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, big Celine fans, have spent $11,500 on a
full-page magazine advert praising Celine Dion, on March 24, 2003. The diva was
set to take up residency at Las Vegas's Caesar's Palace for a series of
concerts. The ad appeared in Variety Magazine and read: "Celine. We can't
wait to see your show! All our best wishes, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta
On February 2011 it was revealed that Celine
Dion is the celebrity guest that has appeared the most on the Oprah
Winfrey Show, for a record breaking 27 times.
On November 19, 2003, the
famous CNN journalist Larry King celebrated is
colleagues from CNN prepared him a surprise show with many friends who
Celine Dion appeared on a screen singing “The Happy Birthday Song”, the
famous TV presenter don’t hold his tears and cried.
2002, Larry King said in his show that Celine Dion his one of his favorite
Celine holds a record of 6 performances at the Oscars.
1992 she sung "Beauty and the Beast"; in 1997 "I've Finally Found
Someone" and "Because You Loved Me"; in 1998 "My Heart Will
Go On"; in 1999 "The Prayer"; in 2007 "I Knew I Loved
You"; and in 2011 "Smile".
is the only singer to perform twice in a single night at the Academy Awards ceremony.
She's also the only to perform on the event for tree consecutive years.
On December 15, 1999, Celine Dion was named an
Artist for Peace, by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO), at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in
On the same day, she received the key of
Montreal, at the City Hall.
The Heart of the Ocean: "When
I sang My Heart Will Go On, the Titanic song, in Oscars
in March, 1998, I had a big heart necklace hanging from my neck and singing with
emotion, I got so upset, I gave a blow onto the heart and it almost fell. I
thought, if the heart falls to the ground, any fool could jump on it. I hurt
myself because it was rather big, full of diamonds (14 millions) and I hoped
that it was not broken, I had to go on singing my song, and fortunately the
heart remained hanging!"
could have been killed on December 31, 1999
concert of the new year of Celine Dion, in Montreal, marking not only the change
of year 1999/2000, but also her last performance on scene, could end in a tragic
fan, probably disappointed by the decision of his favorite singer stop singing
for a few years to dedicate herself to her husband, was mastered after having
tried to clear itself a passage through the security barrier, with a pistol in
the hand. The fanatic hurt 3 members of staff of security and the police of
Montreal admitted that if he had been able to reach the diva, "it could
have been tragic".
A sad curiosity: Celine
is the favourite singer of Yugoslav dictator Slobodan
an interview on CNN was described how the former president of Yugoslavia spent
is days on the Haia prison while he waits for the court verdict.
was said that he watches the BBC, reads, and listen his favourite singers
albums: Frank Sinatra and Celine Dion.
best singer of Sony Music
Music declared, in 2001, Celine Dion as the most important singer of the group,
more than Michael Jackson too.
best selling artist in Europe
International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI) - the recording
industry's most authoritative source of market research and information -
announced on January 20, 2002 that Celine Dion is by far Europe's top
multi-million selling artist. Her eight album titles have achieved 33 Platinum
Europe Awards over the past six years (a platinum award corresponds to the sale
of one million copies).
Stephan Moccio, the composer of "A New Day Has Come", is a big
fan of Celine. In 1993 he met her backstage when she had a concert at
Alumni Hall, Canada. That night he told her that he was a music student
and that he would write her a hit song. Then the star signed a CD for
him: "Stephan, Bonne Chance,
2002 Celine recorded a song written by Moccio and then he showed the album
autographed by the Canadian diva.
Dion presented with most expensive disc ever
On March 21, 2002, in
London, Céline Dion was presented with the most expensive disc ever in
recognition of 15 million album and single sales in the UK. The disc is a
one-off, designed and manufactured by the Queen's jewelers Asprey & Garrard.
"I feel honoured to be receiving such a precious award. But, at the same
time, I know that our children are the most important part of our lives. They
bring out the good in the world and they give us hope. I'm thrilled that I can
donate this award to 'Help A London Child' and I thank everyone involved with
this charity," said Céline.
The disc was presented to Céline on Thursday, March 21 by 95.8 Capital FM's
Chris Tarrant, who is a patron of the charity.
"I've always been a bit of a Céline fan, and to have something like this
donated to Capital's 'Help A London Child' is just fabulous. If it can raise
anything close up to £50,000 - then it'll help us help a lot of needy kids in
London," said 95.8 Capital FM's Chris Tarrant.
Set in solid silver, the disc features a full-length gold silhouette of Céline
Dion, sprinkling 15 handcrafted individually cut diamonds across a black acrylic
landscape frame - plus a diamond set Céline logo. Each diamond is mounted in a
5-point white-gold star, representing each of Céline's album and single sales
in the UK.
In total, the piece contains over 2.5 carats of diamonds.
The disc was sold by £70.000.
Celine set a new record on the
American charts: her song "A New Day Has Come" hold for 21 consecutive weeks at number 1 on
the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It was another record breaking number
for Celine Dion.
the latest record was from another Celine's song, "Because You Loved
Me" which was nr. 1 for 19 consecutive weeks on that chart.
At a ceremony on March 25, 2003, in Las Vegas, Celine Dion was presented
with a special IFPI Award to commemorate the sale of 10
millions copies of "Let's Talk About Love" in Europe and
she received a second IFPI Award in honour of a total of 50
million albums sold in Europe. Celine is the only artist to have
received these awards.
On December 1, 1997, Celine sang "The reason" and "Because you
loved me" in London, at the celebration of the 50th years of marriage of the
queen Elizabeth II.
Celine is officially
the best selling female artist ever
September 15, 2004 Celine Dion received an Diamond Award, at the "World Music Awards", a mention held only by Elvis Presley.
to figures' of sales certified by Sony Music, Celine Dion sold, from
1987 to August 31, 2004, a great total of 174,436,400 albums around the
world. The sales of her first twelve albums, in French, recorded before
the signing of her contract with Sony, in 1987, do not even appear on
the impressive bill.
In 1987, Celine was invited to the Juno Awards to sing a French song
from her album "Incognito". René accepted the invitation only
on the condition that Celine could sing in English; he felt this would
be the perfect opportunity for Celine to showcase her voice in English
for the first time, in front of millions of viewers. They chose the
French song "Partout Je Te Vois" and translated the lyrics
into English. On that night, Celine performed "Have
a Heart" for the first time, and as one critic wrote,
"She blew everybody away".
In March 1992, the singer Prince, listened
to Celine performing at the Academy Awards Ceremony. He became seduced by Celine's
voice and wrote her the song "With This Tear".
On February 5, 2006 was unveiled a wax-statue
of Celine Dion at the Parisian Grèvin Museum.
May 7, 2006 Celine unveiled her second wax statue on The Colosseum of Las Vegas.
The statue wears the dress that Celine Dion wore for the ceremony of the Oscars
in 1998 and also a copy of the famous jewel "The Heart Of Ocean"
created by the jeweller Asprey for the "Titanic".
Celine's mother was so overwhelmed with gratitude that she was going on a trip
with her daughter and her manager to the 1982 Yamaha Song Festival in Tokyo,
that she quit smoking the minute she stepped on to the plane. She felt she
needed to "deserve" the trip.
that gesture, Celine says she learned that she must always remember to
"deserve" her voice, and to constantly work as hard a she possibly