She Had No Other Choice: She was named after the song Céline, which French singer Hugues Aufray had recorded two years before her own birth. At the age of five, the young Céline made her first public appearance at her brother Michel’s wedding. Thereafter, she continued to perform with her siblings in various occasions. Being born to such a musical family, Celine might not have stood out between her large immediate family, but she felt special. Celine loved the stage so much, she dreamed of being a performer.
Discovered In The Weirdest Way: Celine’s other brother, Jacques, and mother decided to write and compose a song, which was later sung by Celine and recorded for fun. Celine’s mother decided the recording had to be heard by someone in the industry, as Celine’s talent was too extraordinary to pass on. Finding a random name and contact information printed at the back of a music album, she sent the recording to music manager Rene Angélil.
Her Mom Had To Interfere: Along with the demo, Celine’s mother wrote a note: "This is a 12-year-old with a fantastic voice. Please listen to her. We want her to be like Ginette Reno."
Rene Burst Into Tears: Celine commented about this audition during one interview – “While I was singing, he (Rene) started to cry, I knew then I had done a good job.” Angélil signed her instantaneously. He decided he would be the one to transform her into a star – but it wouldn’t be easy. Celine was definitely talented, but she needed some work as she was too rough around the edges. To fit the future Rene had in store for her, the little girl from Charlemagne had to work hard.
Doctor Dion: Celine Dion received many awards in her life, including the National Order of Quebec, her province’s highest honor, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame. As of 2008, Celine became Dr. Dion when she received an honorary doctorate from Laval University in Quebec. The singer, who never graduated high school, said the distinction was “a very great honor for a little girl from Charlemagne.” She dedicated the award to her husband for his role in her massive career.
America’s Sweetheart Was Born: In 1990, Celine released her first English album named Unison. By doing so, she successfully entered the American market, which resulting in her album being certified gold in the US, with the single Where Does My Heart Beat Nowreaching number 5 on the charts. Jay Leno invited Celine to The Tonight Show, and he predicted she would go on to an extraordinary career. But then, after booking her American tour for the album, the unexpected happened.
Almost Losing Her Voice Forever: While Celine was touring for Unison, she lost her voice. Celine was suffering from severe fatigue and an outburst of laryngitis. Her packed schedule was exhausting, her vocal cords became inflamed and she was utterly disappointed when her doctor forced her to cancel her shows. His instructions were clear – if she wanted to avoid vocal cord surgery, she had to remain absolutely silent for three weeks. After that, she began a strict routine to take better care of her voice, but it wasn’t easy…
She Had Problems Conceiving: In the first months of 2000, Dion announced that she was taking time off from her career in order to focus on her family. Dion had two small operations at a fertility clinic in New York to improve her chances of conceiving, after deciding to use in-vitro fertilization because of years of failed attempts to conceive. After undergoing many fertility treatments, Dion gave birth to a son, René-Charles Dion Angélil, on January 25th, 2001, in Florida.
Younger Than Her Own Stepson: Rene Angélil was married twice before marrying the beloved Celine Dion. In 1966, Angélil married his first wife, Denyse Duquette. They had a son, Patrick, who was born in 1968 – making Celine three months younger than her stepson, Patrick Angélil.