Céline Marie Claudette Dion (born 1968) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, businesswoman and occasional actress.
Born into a large family of 14 children, Céline emerged as a teen star in the French-speaking world after her manager and future husband René Angélil mortgaged his home to finance her first record. In 1990, she released the English-language album Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world.
Céline has promoted the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF) since 1982, and became the foundation’s National Celebrity Patron in 1993. She has supported “World Children’s Day”, a global fundraising effort sponsored by McDonald’s. The effort raised money from more than 100 nations and benefited orphanages and children’s health organizations.
After the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, Dion donated $100,000 to China Children & Teenagers’ Fund. Since 2004, she is involved with the Québec gay community by supporting the publication of health and HIV prevention materials in Gay Globe Magazine.