Celine Dion is one of the most successful and influential singers in the world, with a career spanning over four decades and record sales of over 200 million worldwide. She is known for her powerful and technically skilled vocals, as well as her passionate showmanship and diverse musical style. She has won numerous awards and honors, including five Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, six American Music Awards, 20 Juno Awards, and 45 Félix Awards. She is also the best-selling Canadian recording artist and French-language artist in history.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
On March 30, 1968, in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada, Celine Dion was born. She was the youngest of 14 children of Thérèse (née Tanguay), a homemaker, and Adhémar Dion, a butcher, both of French descent. She grew up in a large musical family and started singing with her siblings at a young age. She wrote her first song, “Ce n’était qu’un rêve” (“It Was Only a Dream”), with the help of her mother and her brother Jacques when she was 12 years old.
Her mother sent a cassette of the song to impresario René Angélil, who was impressed by her voice and decided to make her a star. La voix du bien Dieu (“The Voice of God”), her debut album, was funded by a mortgage on his home and was published in 1981. She soon became a famous singer in Quebec, winning several Félix Awards and performing on TV shows. She also gained international recognition by winning the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin.
Breakthrough and Global Success
In 1990, Dion released her first English-language album, Unison, establishing her as a pop artist in North America and other English-speaking markets. The album spawned several hit singles, including “Where Does My Heart Beat Now,” which reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She also collaborated with Peabo Bryson on the Grammy Award-winning duet “Beauty and the Beast,” which served as the theme song for the Disney animated film.
Dion achieved global superstardom with her subsequent albums, The Colour of My Love (1993), Falling into You (1996), and Let’s Talk About Love (1997), which were all certified diamonds in the US and sold over 30 million copies worldwide. She also released several songs that reached the top of the charts around the world, including “The Power of Love,” “Think Twice,” “Because You Loved Me,” “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” “I’m Your Angel,” “That’s the Way It Is,” “I’m Alive,” and her signature song “My Heart Will Go On,” which served as the theme song for the successful 1997 movie Titanic.
Dion also continued to release French-language albums between each English record, such as D’eux (1995), which became the best-selling French-language album of all time, S’il suffisait d’aimer (1998), Sans attendre (2012), and Encore un soir (2016), which were all certified diamond in France. She also performed in several concerts and tours around the world, including The Colour of My Love Tour (1994–95), Falling into You Tour (1996–97), Let’s Talk About Love Tour (1998–99), Taking Chances World Tour (2008–09), and Courage World Tour (2019–20).
Personal Life and Philanthropy
Dion married her manager, René Angélil, on December 17, 1994, at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. The couple had three children together: son René-Charles (born in 2001) and twin sons Nelson and Eddy (born in 2010). Angélil died from throat cancer on January 14, 2016, at 73. Dion has since been rumored to be dating Spanish dancer Pepe Muñoz, but she has not confirmed their relationship.
Dion is also known for her philanthropic work and involvement in various causes. She has supported charities such as Cystic Fibrosis Canada, World Vision Canada, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Canadian Cancer Society, Fondation CHU Sainte-Justine, and Fondation Maman Dion. She has also donated millions of dollars to various disaster relief efforts, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Haiti earthquake in 2010, Las Vegas shooting in 2017, and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Celine Dion Net Worth and Height
According to Forbes magazine, Dion has a net worth of $480 million as of June 2023, making her one of the wealthiest singers in the world. She has earned most of her fortune from her music sales, tours, and residencies, especially her Las Vegas shows, which have grossed over $700 million since 2003. She also has endorsement deals with brands such as L’Oréal, Air Canada, and Coty and owns several properties in Canada and the US.
Dion has a perfect height and weight ratio. She stands tall at 5 feet 7½ inches or 171 cm and weighs 53 kg or 117 pounds, making her look stunning because of her slim and curvy figure. She has dark brown hair and eyes and wears a size 9 (US) shoe. She is also known for her elegant and sophisticated fashion sense and has a collection of over 10,000 pairs of shoes.