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And you're here in my heart and my heart will go on and on.

Céline Marie Claudette Dion CC (born 30 March 1968) is one of the most popular Canadian singers of all time. Dion was born and raised in Quebec, the Canadian province whose majority of populace speak French. Thus, she spent her early years speaking and singing only French. Met her future husband, music manager René Angélil in 1981, who became her manager for the rest of his life (at least until he officially stepped down as his health deteriorated later on). She made her first English recording in 1985 (and recorded in German as early as 1983), but didn't learn to speak the language until several years later. In 1990, with a slew of awards already under her belt in Canada and internationally, she released her first English album, and to this day has maintained successful careers singing in both French and English and has recorded in several other languages, including Spanish and even Japanese. Married René in 1994 and lived happily together along with three sons despite the two's age difference until René passing due to throat cancer on January 14, 2016, 21 years into their marriage.

Her first American single, "Where Does My Heart Beat Now," hit strongly, and she attracted even more attention through her Oscar- and Grammy-winning theme song to Disney's 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast, but it was a pair of movie themes later in the '90s that made her a true household name: "Because You Loved Me" from Up Close and Personal and "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic (1997). In the UK, her 1994 hit "Think Twice" became one of the biggest selling singles of all time despite flopping in North America. She's also dabbled in acting, appearing as herself on shows like Touched by an Angel and taking a dramatic role in Des fleurs sur la neige (Flowers Under the Snow), a 1991 Radio-Canada miniseries. She has stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and on Canada's Walk of Fame.

Céline had her heart set on international stardom from the beginning, and it in fact began even before she could speak a word of English. Before she was old enough to drive, she'd already won an award at the Yamaha Popular Song Festival in Tokyo and become the first Canadian to earn a gold record in France. Then she represented Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1988, winning with the song "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi".note  She's never performed it since.

After cancelling several 2022 shows due to severe and persistent muscle spasms, Celine would announce in 8 of December of the same year that she had been diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome, a rare neurological disease.

Dion made her big-screen acting debut in Love Again, where she plays a fictionalized version of herself.

Studio discography:


  • La voix du bon Dieu Translation  (1981)
  • Céline Dion chante Noël Translation  (1981)
  • Tellement j'ai d'amour... Translation  (1982)
  • Les chemins de ma maison Translation  (1983)
  • Chants et contes de Noël Translation  (1983)
  • Mélanie (1984)
  • C'est pour toi Translation  (1985)
  • Incognito (1987)
  • Dion chante Plamondon note  (1991)
  • D'eux note  (1995)
  • S'il suffisait d'aimer note  (1998)
  • 1 fille & 4 types Translation  (2003)
  • D'elles note  (2007)
  • Sans attendre Translation  (2012)
  • Encore un soir Translation  (2016)


  • Unison (1990)
  • Celine Dion (1992)
  • The Colour of My Love (1993)
  • Falling into You (1996)
  • Let's Talk About Love (1997)
  • These Are Special Times (1998)
  • A New Day Has Come (2002)
  • One Heart (2003)
  • Miracle (2004)
  • Taking Chances (2007)
  • Loved Me Back to Life (2013)
  • Courage (2019)

Portrayals in fiction

  • Céline, a 2008 Canadian television biopic film where she's portrayed by Christine Ghawi.
  • The 2021 French-Canadian film Aline is a somewhat comedic No Celebrities Were Harmed biopic of her life, with the main character, played by Valérie Lemercier, being renamed "Aline Dieu".
  • Love Again, a 2023 romcom in which she plays a version of herself encouraging the leads to fall in love. The soundtrack also features new music by her.

My tropes will go on:

  • Adam Westing: In the "Ashes" music video for Deadpool 2, being deeply offended when she's told her performance is too good and mistakes Deadpool for Spider-Man.
  • All Just a Dream: Her first single Ce n'etait qu'un reve actually translates into this. The song was co-written by her mother.
  • All Women Love Shoes: She once told Ellen DeGeneres that she had over 3000 pairs of shoes. Also, in a Carpool Karaoke, James Corden, who suspected she might have as many as ten thousand pairs, made her donate some of her shoes to passerbys in Las Vegas, much to her personal horror.
  • Ambiguously Christian: Like many Quebecers, Céline was raised Roman Catholic. She married and buried her husband in Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica, has recorded songs with religious and gospel overtones such as "Call the Man" and "The Prayer," and has been known to make the Sign of the Cross during her shows. However, she says organized religion has never been a big part of her life and she is more spiritual than religious. Part of this stems from a sour experience her mother had with a priest, who barred her from his church when she told him off for meddling in her home life.
    Céline: [in a 2014 interview with the Toronto Star newspaper] I say that to believe in yourself is to believe in God. For me, God is life itself, the birds, the air, the sunrise and the sunset, the children. Yes, that is where I find God. ... The priest said, "Then I banish you from the house of God." She replied, "As far as I’m concerned, I’m the God in here with my children. This is the house that I believe in." That is the way we were raised. That is the strength and belief we had. I didn't have to go to church and get on my knees to find something to hold onto.
  • Award-Bait Song:
    • It started early in her career, with her song "Tellement j'ai d'amour pour toi" ("I Have So Much Love for You") winning the Best Popular Song award at the Yamaha Popular Song Festival in Tokyo when she was 14. Six years later, she won Eurovision with "Ne partez pas sans moi" ("Don't Leave Without Me"), which represented Switzerland. Beauty and the Beast continued the trend once her English recording career started, and she went on to sing a few more, winning some Grammys (such as "Because You Loved Me") and Oscars ("My Heart Will Go On") along the way. Parodied with "Ashes" in Deadpool 2.
    • Bicentennial Man's Then You Look At Me. It doesn't describe any specific moment in the story, but is used as the love song between Andrew and Portia (with Little Miss substituting for her childhood years). The official music video takes clips from the relationship and displays them in a monitor in the background.
  • Badass Boast: A humerous one in the video for "Ashes."
    Deadpool: That was an eleven! We need you to take it down to a five, five and a half tops. Just phone it in!
    Céline Dion: Listen! (*points to her throat*) This thing only goes to eleven! So beat it, Spiderman!
    Deadpool: God, I should have asked N Sync.
  • Bathtub Scene: In "Misled".
  • Boyish Short Hair: She sported this during the One Heart era. She also sported short hair during the The Colour of My Love and Falling Into You eras, though less boyishly so.
  • Christmas Songs: Céline has three Christmas albums. Her two French-language Christmas albums, Céline Dion chante Noël (Céline Dion Sings Christmas) and Chants et contes de Noël (Songs and Stories of Christmas), were both released during her teens (the latter album actually includes only two new songs, with the balance being songs from the first Christmas album and a few Christmas stories). Her third Christmas album, 1998's These Are Special Times, was her first in English and her best-selling, with more than 12 million copies sold worldwide, and also features her duets with R. Kelly ("I'm Your Angel") and Andrea Bocelli ("The Prayer").
    • She also contributed two tracks to a 1993 Christmas album by Canadian super-producer David Foster, a version of "The Christmas Song" (which was also included on These Are Special Times) and an all-star version of "White Christmas" with the other vocalists who performed on the album.
  • Cool Car: Advertised Chrysler cars for a time in the 2000s, including the slick Crossfire roadster.
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: There was once a song by Jean Jacques Goldman called Puisque tu pars, which is basically the complaint of a parent who sees their child leave them to experience life in the outside world. Then Céline decided to sing it in English, with lyrics that have nothing to do with the original's. You might know her version as "Let's Talk About Love"
  • Cover Version: She has sung quite a number of covers.
    • Dion's set list on her 2019 Courage world tour included "You're the Voice," a song originally recorded in 1986 by former Little River Band lead singer John Farnham and later covered by Heart. Neither Farnham's nor Heart's version was a hit in the U.S. despite big international success for Farnham's, and it's possible many of Dion's American fans didn't know the song until they heard her sing it.
    • Translated Cover Version: Her early French songs exhibit several French-translated English songs, and some of her English albums contain songs that are translated from French songs, some hers (i.e. "Fly" on Falling Into You), some others'. She also recorded "All by Myself" in Spanish (as "Sola otra vez" ("Alone Again")) and has covered some of her French songs in other languages, including Spanish ("L'amour existe encore" as "Aún existe amor") and German (the Eurovision-winning "Ne partez pas sans moi" with the Gratuitous English title "Hand in Hand"). She has also occasionally sung in other languages such as Japanese, Italian, and even Mandarin.
      • One particularly interesting case is the song "Have a Heart" on Dion's first English-language album, Unison. The song was originally written in English and was one of the first songs she learned while preparing for her English-language debut, but Dion had Eddy Marnay write French lyrics to the song and recorded it in that language first (as "Partout je te vois" ("I See You Everywhere")), on her 1987 album Incognito.
      • CBS' original plans to have Dion's English-language debut be a track-by-track remake of Incognito with new English lyrics were scrapped after Dion got rave reviews for her performance of "Have a Heart" at the 1989 Juno Awards and a buzz began building around the young chanteuse. As a result, CBS increased the budget for the album, and "Have a Heart"/"Partout je te vois" ended up being the only song Unison and Incognito had in common (and even that song was completely re-recorded rather than reusing the instrumental track from Incognito as had been the original plan).
      • After its usage in the soundtrack for a Soap Opera a year prior, the little-known, Bee Gees-penned "Immortality" got a Translated Cover Version thanks to Sandy & Junior, and their version, at least in the duo's home country of Brazil, has arguably eclipsed the original in popularity.
    • "It's All Coming Back to Me Now", originally recorded by Pandora's Box, a girl group conceived by producer Jim Steinman, who later reused much of the track for Dion's version.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Some of her older videos were shot this way, such as All by Myself, Je Sais Pas and Water from the Moon. Even some of her album covers are also monochromes, such as D'eux, D'Elles, Unison, Loved Me Back To Life.
  • Domestic Abuse: Her song, "This Time", is about being a victim of domestic abuse, as well as a resolve to get out.
    The last thread has come undone
    To reveal what I've become
    Another victim of poisoned love.
  • Dramatic Choir Number: The live version of "Let's Talk About Love" on her eponymous live tour has a children's choir or a group of children from charities joining her singing the song.
  • Escapism: It's in the lyrics of her song "Je danse dans ma tête" ("I Dance Inside My Head"), with the narrator describing how she escapes into herself to cope with the boredom and monotony of everyday life.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: Her wedding dress, aside from being beautiful as expected from wedding dresses, came with a fancy crown and mink coat.
  • Faux Fluency: Céline started singing phonetically in other languages, including English and German, early in her career, when she still spoke only French fluently. She also sang English-language hits like "Flashdance... What a Feeling" in concert before she learned to speak the language. However, Rene insisted she become fluent in English before he'd agree for her to do an English album, so she took a Berlitz course and by 1988 was comfortable enough with the language to hold her own in interviews. Meanwhile, Céline has continued to record in other languages in which she is not fluent, including Spanish, Italian and even Japanese.
  • The Four Loves: Especially in her French discography, though aside from romantic love, she generally only dabbles in family love.
  • Gratuitous English: Quite a few of her French songs include a few English lines just because.
    • Among the earliest examples is "Hello Mister Sam", where there is a "It's all right, oh, it's all right" in the chorus.
    • "Je danse dans ma tete" ("I'm dancing in my head") has the following lines near the final chorus:
      Dehors les néons s'allument (The neon lights outside), All right!
      J'préfère regarder la lune (I prefer watching the moon), All night!
      • On the same album (Dion chante Plamondon aka Des mots qui sonnent in Europe), the song "Des mots qui sonnent" ("Words That Sound") has quite a bit of this (phrases like "Come on baby", "Right on", "Top ten" and "Number one") in addition to name-dropping Michael Jackson and Sting.
    • "Tous Les Blues Sont Ecrits Pour Toi" (All the blues written for you") is practically a half-English song, with a few phrases such as "I woke up this morning, baby", "Nobody knows" and "Nobody cares" even being repeated a few times during the song. Notably, it's the only French song she performed on the U.S. leg of her 2019 Courage tour.
    • Her French Christmas song "Petit Papa Noel" has a few English lines in the middle.
    • A non-French case: Her Japanese rendition of "Be The Man" has a few English lines, such as the song title, "I will follow you" and "I will run, I'll run to you", that are left untranslated, following a trend often seen in Japanese pop music.
  • Gratuitous French: On the flipside, she occasionally sings English songs that contain a few French lines.
    • One of her first English songs, "Love by Another Name", contains the line "Si ce n’est pas l’amour, Qu’est-ce que c’est?" (If it isn't love, what is it?) at the end of the chorus.
    • Her rendition of Brahmm's Lullaby is English but has some French lines in the middle.
    • Her English song "Je T'aime Encore" is fully English except for that specific phrase (while the French version of that song, "Et Je T'aime Encore", is fully French).
    • In 1993, she recorded "White Christmas" with a host of other stars, including Johnny Mathis, Wynonna Judd, Tammy Wynette and Tom Jones, for producer David Foster's Christmas album, and sang a few lines of the song in French.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: Her biggest hit is, of course, the Trope Namer.
  • Identical Stranger: Used in her old French video of Fais Ce Que Tu Voudras (Do Whatever You Would Want), where there are three Dions at different parts of a train station.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Ziggy (Un Garcon Pas Comme Les Autres), cover from Starmania.
  • Incredibly Long Note: Very common. Listen to "If You Asked Me To", "The Power Of Love", "All By Myself", "D'amour ou d'amitié", "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" and "My Heart Will Go On" for some examples. Sometimes she even adds long notes to her live performances of songs that normally don't have them, such as "Tous Les Blues Sont Ecrits Pour Toi".
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: "I Love You, Goodbye" is basically this.
    Oh, I could say that I'd be all you need, but that would be a lie
    I know I'd only hurt you, I know I'd only make you cry
  • Large Ham: She's not as overblown as Mariah Carey, but given her penchant for an Incredibly Long Note, Celine can get quite passionate. Just witness her imitating other singers...
  • The Lost Lenore: Her love interest — a male example of the trope — in the video for "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" is this to her.
  • Lyric Video: Starting from Loved Me Back To Life, she began to release these kind of music videos every now and then.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: She is the youngest of fourteen children.
  • The Makeover: Her 1987 album Incognito was a deliberate attempt to leave behind her younger awkwardness by recasting the then-19-year-old as a sophisticated, sexy young woman, both in her image and in the subject matter of her songs.
  • May–December Romance: René Angélil was 26 years older than Celine. They first met when she was 12 and their relationship (officially) began 7 years later. It was another 7 years before they were actually married. In an interesting twist, she pursued him, despite his initial discomfort. He even made it a point to not be alone in a room with her so as not to encourage her. Celine's mother tried to dissuade her to no avail.
    • During a 1992 appearance on Regis and Kathie Lee, Céline acted rather coy when asked if she had a boyfriend. She admitted she did, but didn't disclose that it was her manager who was 26 years her senior.
  • Medal of Dishonor: In 1990, she won "Best English Speaking Artist" in Felix Award (the Quebec Grammys). She rejected the award - on live television - because, despite the pride she felt in her English-language album, she had always been primarily a Francophone artist, adding, "Everywhere I go, I'm proud to say that I am Quebeccoise." Instead, she suggested that the award's name be changed into "Quebec Artist Achieving Most Success in A Language Other Than French". Angelil even suggested that the Felix awards committee nominating her as an Anglophone artist was an insult. Some non-Francophone Quebecers took Dion's remarks themselves as an insult, believing she was implying that non-French speakers were not "real" Quebecers. (Angelil clarified that this was not Dion's intent at all.)
  • Me's a Crowd: She split into copies of herself in her video Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là) (which translates into And If There Was Only One Woman Left (I Would Be That One))
  • Multi-Take Cut: Then You Look At Me, by Céline Dion, has Dion in the middle of a lab where they're building NDR114 robots. Dion stays in one spot, dancing in a skimpy outfit, while the camera jumps around the entire room, sometimes focusing on her from the front, the sides, or on all the equipment.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Céline herself is named after the song Céline by Hugues Aufray. Her first son, René Charles Dion Angélil, is a bit complicated case of this, as the name Charles was actually taken from her grandfather. Her younger twin sons are more straightforward: Eddy (after Eddy Marnay, Francophone songwriter who collaborated with her early in her career) and Nelson (after Nelson Mandela, South Africa's most famous president).
  • National Anthem: As a teenager, Céline sang both the Canadian and American anthems before sporting events in Montreal. Her take on "The Star-Spangled Banner" was particularly impressive given that she spoke barely any English at the time. She also sang "O Canada" in both French and English.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Then You Look At Me, by Céline Dion, has Dion in tight metallic coveralls with the zipper down to her abdomen.
  • Nun Too Holy: One of her old French songs, La Religieuse (The Nun) has shades of this, with the eponymous nun having had some romantic affairs in the past.
  • Oh, Crap!/O.O.C. Is Serious Business: She normally stays out of talks when it came to politics, especially about other countries; Celine tearfully criticized George Bush’s Iraq War and response to Katrina during her interview on Larry King in 2005. Considering the situations happening at time and the fact she grew up in poverty, who can honestly blame her?
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: What better instrument to accompany a song about nuns (La Religieuse)?
  • Pimped-Out Dress: A couple in her videos, with the one in Immortality being a stand-out (given the ballroom setting).
    • Also her wedding attire. And how!
  • Power Ballad: Most of her discography in the 1990s (at least in English). She became more or less the most prominent power ballad performing after the reigning king of the genre (Michael Bolton) declined in popularity by the middle of that decade. Coincidentally, the first time she toured the United States in 1991 was as Michael Bolton's opening act.
  • Power Hair: Her hairdo during the early 90s. Incidentally, this is also when she started rising to power in music industry.
  • Precision F-Strike: Dion is almost never known to swear at all, except for these very rare occasions:
    • The song "I Got Nothing Left" on 2007's Taking Chances is the first known instance she puts a strong word in a song: "When it came to loving me, you just weren't concerned / You never gave a damn so I guess now it's my turn".
    • The track "Perfect Goodbye" on 2019's Courage features another rare instance of Dion cursing, and perhaps the first instance of her using a word that would be censored if the song were played on U.S. radio: "This sh*t is perfect."
    • Censored for Comedy during her Karaoke Pool stint, where at one point she was bleeped upon hearing James Corden's take on "It's All Coming Back To Me Now".
  • Pretty in Mink: Her wedding dress came with a white mink jacket as her wedding was held in winter.
    • Wore a white fox wrap (and probably nothing else other than Jewelry) for a magazine shoot; See the page picture.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Her French song Attendre has plenty of rhyming lines.
  • Scare Chord: During the intro of It's All Coming Back To Me Now. The music video utilizes this to represent the exact moment her love interest was killed.
  • Satellite Character: Her entire family is famous in Quebec mostly because of her. Her mom, the late Thérèse Dion - known popularly as Maman Dion (Mommy Dion) - had her own cooking show (and also wrote her daughter's first single). Her old sister, Claudette Dion, is also a singer, though she remained strictly local and target a older audience. Her siblings as a whole produced a few albums, mostly under the name "La Famille Dion" (The Dion Family). And the deaths of both of her parents (her father, Adhemar, in 2003, and Maman Dion in January 2020), as well as of her brother Daniel, were widely covered in the news, while her husband's death and funeral became a national affair.
    • Her manager and husband, René Angelil can also be considered as such. He was originally a singer as a member of the Quebec pop-rock group Les Barronnets (a Beatles knock-off who, like most group of that kind in Quebec at the time, sung mostly French covers of English-language song), but she's the main reason he made it so big.
      • Of course, he now has his own satellite characters - in Quebec, if an artist gets picked up by René Angelil, you know he or she is gonna be a big star, at least in the French-speaking world. Prior to meeting Celine, Angelil managed the career of Rene Simard, a Quebec pop singer so well known even in English Canada that he was parodied on You Can't Do That on Television as Rene Sitard. Angelil even made a cameo as an Mafia Godfather in a recent movie Omertà- every Quebec critics said it was perfect casting as soon as it was announced.
  • Self-Deprecation: She's really good at taking a joke. When SNL was doing their parodies of her in the wake of the success of Titanic (1997), she found it absolutely hilarious and even invited Ana Gasteyer to do her impression of her at one of her concerts.
  • Self-Titled Album: Not her first but her second English-language album, released in 1992.
  • "Sesame Street" Cred: Céline guest-starred on a 1998 episode of Sesame Street, singing the song "Happy to Meet You" with a Starstruck Speechless Herry Monster, Big Bird, and Elmo.note 
  • Shout-Out: The song "A New Day Has Come" features a reference to being "touched by an angel." Dion guest-starred as herself in an episode of the CBS series of the same name, and re-recorded her early '90s hit "Love Can Move Mountains" (which she also sang in the show) for the series' soundtrack album. It went both ways, as Dion's episode featured a character named Cornelia (played by Mika Boorem) who was such a fan of hers that she nicknamed herself "Celine."
    • Her song "Des mots qui sonnent" ("Words That Resonate") includes a lyrical shout-out to both Michael Jackson and Sting, with the narrator ordering a songwriter to write her a song with the best qualities of both performers.
  • The Show Must Go On: Played straight, as Dion released a cover version of the Queen song of that title after the deaths of her husband and brother. Also, she went ahead with a concert in Miami the day after her mother's death, dedicating the show to her and performing a rendition of Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow" as an encore while a photo of her mother displayed behind her.
  • Shower Scene: In some videos, though she's never the one showering.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: She sings in French with only the biggest Québecois accent. When she speaks too, her accent's so thick, a common joke is that even the people of Québec have trouble understanding what she says. And her Quebecois dialect is also much more noticeable when speaking English than when singing in it - which has become even more noticeable in recent years as the dialect has actually thickened.
    • When she made her first English-language recording in 1985, "Listen to the Magic Man," her diction was flawless, even though she was singing phonetically then and didn't understand the lyrics.
  • Technology Porn: Then You Look At Me, by Céline Dion, takes place in a lab where they're building NDR 114 robots. Dion stays in one spot, dancing in a skimpy outfit, while the camera jumps around the entire room, sometimes focusing on all the equipment and the engineers working on the construction.
  • Three Minutes of Writhing: Then You Look At Me, by Céline Dion, features Dion in tight metallic coveralls with the zipper down to her abdomen. She's dancing in place, mostly with her arms.
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: The number of songs she has sung without this probably doesn't reach double digits. In fact, she's been doing gear change ever since her first single C'est n'etait qu'un reve.
  • Tsundere: Her duet with Luciano Pavarotti, "I Hate You Then I Love You", is the more obvious example. It's in the title!
  • Vocal Evolution: Most noticeable in her 80s French albums, from her first album that was released when she was just 13, to her late-80s albums just before she went English. After that her voice still underwent changes, but not as drastic.
  • What Does She See in Him?: The narrator of "Everybody's Talkin' My Baby Down" on The Colour of My Love is determined to stay true to her man despite criticism from friends and relatives wondering why she stays with him. This seems to be an answer to those who criticized her relationship with René, see May–December Romance entry above. She would marry him about a year after the album's release.
  • Where It All Began: Her wedding was held in Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. René Angelil's funeral later was also held in the same place.
  • Yarling: Not a perpetual offender, but she did this sometimes in the 90's, best shown in "That's the Way It Is", where every instance of the word "love" is sung with a pronounced yarl.


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