Birthday: Celine Dion

With more than 120 million albums sold worldwide, pop diva Celine Dion is the most commercially successful female solo artist of all time.

The Canadian singer's multioctave range and talent for selecting ballads that resonate with the masses is evident on her chart-topping retrospective, All the Way: A Decade of Song (1999).

Dion was born March 30, 1968, in Charlemagne, Quebec, into a musical family that already had 13 children. Her parents owned a small club where the family performed folk music on weekends.

When she was 12, Dion made a demo tape that found its way into the hands of Quebec music entrepreneur Rene Angelil. He reportedly mortgaged his house to finance her 1981 debut LP. The pair married in 1994.

Dion recorded three more French-language albums and became a superstar in Canada. She then signed with Epic Records in the U.S., and in 1990, released her English-language debut, Unison, featuring the top-five hit "Where Does My Heart Beat Now."

Dion's visibility was enhanced by her duet with Peabo Bryson on the Grammy- and Academy Award–winning title theme to the Disney smash Beauty and the Beast.

Buoyed by the #1 hit "The Power of Love," her next album, The Colour of My Love, was a huge seller. In 1995, Dion became the first act since the Beatles to top simultaneously the UK pop album and singles charts for five consecutive weeks, thanks to another of the album's hits, "Think Twice."

In 1997, Dion issued the multiplatinum Let's Talk About Love, which included her biggest smash, the Grammy-winning theme to Titanic, "My Heart Will Go On" (RealAudio excerpt).

Last year, Dion released the holiday LP These Are Special Times, which included a duet with R. Kelly, "I'm Your Angel" (RealAudio excerpt).

With more than 120 million albums sold worldwide, pop diva Celine Dion is the most commercially successful female solo artist of all time.

The Canadian singer's multioctave range and talent for selecting ballads that resonate with the masses is evident on her chart-topping retrospective, All the Way: A Decade of Song (1999).

Dion was born March 30, 1968, in Charlemagne, Quebec, into a musical family that already had 13 children. Her parents owned a small club where the family performed folk music on weekends.

When she was 12, Dion made a demo tape that found its way into the hands of Quebec music entrepreneur Rene Angelil. He reportedly mortgaged his house to finance her 1981 debut LP. The pair married in 1994.

Dion recorded three more French-language albums and became a superstar in Canada. She then signed with Epic Records in the U.S., and in 1990, released her English-language debut, Unison, featuring the top-five hit "Where Does My Heart Beat Now."

Dion's visibility was enhanced by her duet with Peabo Bryson on the Grammy- and Academy Award–winning title theme to the Disney smash Beauty and the Beast.

Buoyed by the #1 hit "The Power of Love," her next album, The Colour of My Love, was a huge seller. In 1995, Dion became the first act since the Beatles to top simultaneously the UK pop album and singles charts for five consecutive weeks, thanks to another of the album's hits, "Think Twice."

In 1997, Dion issued the multiplatinum Let's Talk About Love, which included her biggest smash, the Grammy-winning theme to Titanic, "My Heart Will Go On" (RealAudio excerpt).

Last year, Dion released the holiday LP These Are Special Times, which included a duet with R. Kelly, "I'm Your Angel" (RealAudio excerpt).