I went fishing this time, i didn't dig (as a grand daughter of a fisherman i should probably be using the "fishing" term, i find it more appropriate to digging, lol) this time, am done digging, am fishing now.
Here are some amazing findings after much fishing on Celine Dion, I can boldly tell you that you know none of these before now, but now you know, courtesy of yours truly, so enjoy and thank me later.
Celine Wasn’t Planned By Her Parents: Having 14 children is definitely a handful, and this carried a very heavy financial burden on the Dion family as well. After 13 kids, Celine’s mother was not intending on having any more, but fate had a different idea and she found out she was pregnant with number 14 that turns out to be Celine. The unexpected pregnancy, although a joyous occasion, meant certain adjustments had to be done. Perhaps that is why Celine, didn’t have a sturdy bed and had to sleep in a cabinet drawer at first.
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.
She Almost Died: When Celine Dion was just 5-years-old, she was backed into by a truck. She remained unconscious for several days and suffered from several skull fractures, but all was healed over the course of time.
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."
However, being the hot shot manager he was, Angélil didn’t just listen to every tape sent his way. One of Celine’s brothers decided to take things into his own hands and requested to meet Rene. During their meeting, Michel urged Rene to listen to the tape. After listening, Rene immediately demanded Celine would come to audition.
Her Audition Was Far From Normal: Blown away by her amazing talent, Rene demanded Celine would come to Quebec and audition in front of him, so that he could value her performance as well. He invited her to an appointment in his office, handed her a pencil and said, "Here’s your microphone. Now sing as though you were in front of a sellout audience." Céline sang and on the spot, Rene became her biggest fan – and so he was until the day he died.
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.
A Shark When It Comes To Business: Her mother, Therese Tanguay Dion (better known as "maman Dion"in Québec), is famous for her culinary talents. Apparently, this talent did not skip a generation, as Celine herself started a restaurant in Québec called Nickels in 1990. The restaurant was so tremendously successful that Celine turned it into a chain, later introduced in Ontario, too. Turns out Celine is quite the entrepreneur, since she has her own magazine, too – the Celine Dion Magazine.She Demanded Time To Grow Up: After her tour, Celine and Rene thought it would be best if Celine took a little break from the business. Quite a risky move, considering she was just breaking into the industry and might have been forgotten over that period of time, but it was necessary. Celine was going through a personal transformation as well, moving from childhood to adulthood, and she needed to find her voice and mature offscreen and offstage. Set on their decision, Celine took an 18 month break.
Learning English And Going Global: This choice to take some time off was a wise one – when Celine returned, her audience met a singer transformed – one who is more comfortable in her own skin, she has taken that time off to mature and master English perfectly. She had released her newest album yet – Incognito – which sold over half a million copies. This was the first album produced with her new record label, CBS (later to become Sony).
Celine’s Mom Hated Her Relationship: Celine told Access Hollywood that her mother was initially opposed to her relationship with Angélil, saying "It was very difficult for her. When I told her I had some really strong feelings for Rene she tried everything to kill him and make me snap out of it… I was very frustrated and mad at first, but she tried to make me understand that this man tried marriage twice before he has three children, he’s not responsible, "I want the perfect Prince Charming for you".
Michael Jackson’s Fanatic Fan: Once signing with CBS, the same label as Michael Jackson, Celine was definitely in the major leagues.
Rumor has it Celine was a huge fan of Michael’s, and when she saw him perform on television, she told Rene she aspired to be just like him success-wise. By the time she was 18 years old, Celine had already won several awards and released nine French albums, so it is safe to say she was heading in the right direction.
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.
Pricey Homes And Multiple Investments: Post-wedding, a traditional newly-wed couple would have started saving up for buying their first home together. Celine and Rene actually already had several real estate investments prior to their wedding. Of the many homes that Dion and Angélil owned together, none was quite as extravagant as their property in Jupiter, Florida. In 2014, the lavish mansion went on the market for a whopping $72 million. Included in the price tag: three pools, a simulated golf course, and an actual water park.Her Siblings Never Made It Big: Out of Celine Dion’s twelve siblings, it is no surprise that she was not the only child that wanted to make it big as a singer. Her older sister, Claudette, also had dreams of becoming a music superstar. Claudette has had a little success in the music business, but not nearly as much as her famous sister. Celine’s deceased husband, René Angélil, produced two albums for her that attracted a more mature audience.
Dreaming Of Changing The World: Known for being a philanthropist, Celine helped raise $1 million for the victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami, promoted the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since 1982, donated $1 million to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina and appeared on Larry King Live, tearfully criticizing the government’s slow response: “There’s people still there waiting to be rescued. To me that is not acceptable…How can it be so easy to send planes in another country to kill everybody in a second and destroy lives. We need to serve our country.”Her Secret Dad: Most fans know all about Celine’s mom but most people don’t know that her father was a huge part of her life. His name was Adhémar Dion and he passed away in 2003. The day she lost her father, Celine told her fans, "My dad was and is still my number one fan since I was a very little girl. I know that my dad would want me to be here tonight on stage with everyone I love, doing what we love."
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.