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Hello! I'm Céline DION! Here is my life:
> 1968: I was born on March, 30th in Charlemagne, Québec. I have 13 sisters and brothers.
> 1980: I recorded 'Ce n'était qu'un rêve' in the family's kitchen. My mother had written the lyrics and my brother Jacques had composed the music. The producer René Angelil was impressed by it and produced an album: 'La Voix du Bon Dieu'.
> 1984: When Pope Jean-Paul II came to Canada in 1984, I was chosen to represent the country's youth. I sang 'Une Colombe'. I also released a new single 'Mon rêve de toujours', which was followed by a second album, 'Les oiseaux de bonheur'.
> 1985-86: In November, I was invited to sing at the 'Olympia' music hall in Paris. I won several awards. I recorded a new single entitled 'Billy'. I took some time off, to learn English and re-think my image. When I returned to music, I recorded the single 'Je ne veux pas'.
> 1988: I won the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin with 'Ne partez pas sans moi'. (I represented Switzerland). I won another four 'Félix' awards, then performed 42 dates at the 'Théâtre Saint Denis' in Montreal.
> 1990: 'Unison', my first album in English. 1,7 million copies were sold.
> 1992: I recorded my second album in English with Prince. I played one of the lead roles in 'Tycoon', the English version of the hit musical 'Starmania'.
> 1994: I gave three concerts at the Olympia in Paris. I took part in the 'Enfoirés au Grand Rex' concert. I had a tour in the USA and in Japan. I got married with René Angelil on 17 December 1994.
> 1995: I worked with Jean-Jacques Goldman and 4,5 million copies of my album 'D'eux' were sold worldwide.
> 1996: Huge hits: a new album in English, 'Falling Into You' (18 million copies worldwide), a 'Victoires de la musique' award. I was invited to sing at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Atlanta. Three billion people watched me.
> 1997: Exhausted, I decided to take a sabbatical and I retired to my West Palm Beach villa in Florida. I returned to the music scene with renewed vigour. 24 million copies of Let's Talk about Love' were sold.
> 1998: I announced that I was planning to take a major career break as of January, 1st 2000. My new album 'S'il suffisait d'aimer' was a big hit, especially in France and Canada. 25,000 fans attended my concert in Montreal.
> 2001: On January 25th, I gave birth to a baby son called René-Charles. I sang 'Sous le Vent' with Garou and 'God Bless America' after the terrorist attacks.
> 2002: My official comeback with 'A New Day has Come', which reached number one position in 17 countries, including the US and France.
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