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Overview (4)

Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameEilleen Regina Edwards
Nicknames The Queen of Country Pop
The Country Pop Queen
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Shania Twain was born as Eilleen Regina Edwards in 1965 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, one of three daughters of Clarence and Sharon (Morrison) Edwards (sister Jill is two years older and Carrie-Ann three years younger). When she was age six, her mother remarried Jerry Twain, a full-blooded Ojibwa native from Timmins, Ontario, who adopted her as his own. She started out singing in bars as a child after hours, and, at thirteen, appeared on The Tommy Hunter Show (1965). When she was 22, her parents were killed in an accident, and she became the legal guardian of her half-brothers (Mark, then 13, and Darryl, then 14) and sister, putting her musical career on hold to raise her family. In 1991 she changed her name to Shania (meaning "I'm on my way" in Ojibwa, it was the name of a co-worker), and signed a contract with Mercury Nashville that same year. Her first album went by without notice, but her second album (produced with (Mutt) Robert John Lange, who she wed in 1993) broke world records with its sales!

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Frederic Nicolas Thiebaud (1 January 2011 - present)
Robert John Lange (28 December 1993 - 9 June 2010) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Navel baring clothing

Trivia (38)

Is a vegetarian and was voted "sexiest vegetarian alive" by PETA.
Listed in People Weekly magazine's "Most Intriguing People" list (1995).
Has scored seven No. 1 hits on Billboard magazine's country singles chart. Her biggest hit is the country-pop smash "You're Still the One" (1998, No. 1 country, No. 2 Hot 100); the song won Grammy Awards for Best Country song and Best Female Country Performance.
Her biggest country hit, "Love Gets Me Every Time" (1997), became the first country No. 1 released by a female country artist to spend five weeks atop Billboard's country chart since Dolly Parton's hit "Here You Come Again" (1977).
Named the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year in 1999. She also received the CMA's International Achievement Award that same year.
Is one of only four native Canadians to reach the peak of Billboard's country chart since its inception in 1944. The other top hit makers are Hank Snow (who first turned the trick in 1950), Anne Murray (first No. 1 hit in 1974), and Terri Clark (first No. 1 hit in 1999).
Her other country No. 1 hits: "Any Man of Mine" (1995); "(If You're Not in it for Love) I'm Outta Here!", "You Win My Love" and "No One Needs to Know" (1996); and "Honey I'm Home" (1998). Other big hits include "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under" and "The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)" (1995); "Don't Be Stupid", "From This Moment On" and "That Don't Impress Me Much" (all 1998, the second a duet with country singer Bryan White); and "Man! I Feel Like a Woman", "You've Got a Way" and "Come On Over" (all 1999).
Has sold 19 million copies of her album "Come On Over" (1999) domestically.
Uses her married (and legal) name Eilleen Lange in the credits for her latest CD, titled "Up" (2002). This is her first release since multi-platinum effort "Come On Over" (1999).
(April 6, 2003) Hosted the 2003 Juno Awards (Canadian Grammy Awards) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
(January 26, 2003) Performed at the National Football League's Super Bowl half-time show where this was well known that she had been lip-synching the song.
Won three 2003 Juno Awards: Juno Fan Choice Award, Artist of the Year and Country Recording of the Year.
She was awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario on June 25, 2003.
Her German Shepherd dog Tim is named after her hometown of Timmins, Ontario, Canada.
She has English, Irish, French-Canadian and Northern Irish ancestry. She was raised in the Ojibway Indian culture by her stepfather, a full-blooded Ojibway Native.
She owns a cottage near the town of Huntsville in the Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada.
Shares a birthday with LeAnn Rimes.
On November 1, 1987, her mother and stepfather were killed in a car crash, and she became the legal guardian of her younger siblings, putting her musical career on hold to raise her family.
The album, tour and merchandising for the album "Come On Over" (1999) made over $40,000,000 in Australia alone, where it still remains one of the longest charting albums in Australia.
Her name is correctly pronounced 'Shu-nye-ah'.
Named #39 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2005 list.
Her album "Up!" (2002) sold two million copies in the United States during its first month of release.
Named #33 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement.
Shy as a child, was a tomboy and hated performing. Started writing songs when she was 8 years old.
Her nephew, whose last name is also Twain, got his big break in entertainment when featured on Canada's Much Music cable station in 2004.
Named #30 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement.
Had a poster of Tony Danza on her wall when she was a little girl.
Ranked #15 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Despite popular belief, she is not a direct descendent of Mark Twain.
Considers Gladys Knight one of her biggest influences.
Her stepfather and mother's common headstone bears the family name "Twain" underscored by the names "Jerry 1947-1987" and "Sharon 1945-1987" with the epitaph - Together Forever.
Shania's music video "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" (1997) parodied Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" (1986) in that the gender roles were reversed, with Twain fronting a band of five male models playing guitars, drums and a keyboard.
She was awarded the OC (Officer of the Order of Canada) by the Governor General of Canada on November 18, 2005 for her services to music.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on June 2, 2011.
In 2004, Twain retired from performing and retreated to her home in Switzerland.
Inducted into the Hair Fan's Hall of Fame in 2005.
Has a son, Eja (pronounced "Asia") D'Angelo Lange (b. August 12, 2001), with her ex-husband Robert John Lange.
As a child, she often was sent to school without lunch because her parents couldn't afford groceries.

Personal Quotes (92)

[on inviting audience members to join her onstage] I do try to assess "Is this person drunk?" or "Is this person going to be hysterical and not manageable?" And so I do watch the body language. I don't always get it quite right, but I've never had any security issues.
[on incorporating live animals into her act] They have a mind of their own. Sometimes they'll pee onstage or sometimes they'll poo. We just never know really what's going to happen. The unpredictability keeps us on our toes.
It's important to give it all you have while you have the chance.
When you don't come from struggle, gaining appreciation is a quality that's difficult to come by.
Horses calm me. I love being around them. They smell great, they are beautiful to look at, they are loving, demanding, temperamental, and they settle you.
I really feel like life will dictate itself. You should allow it to unfold as naturally as possible. Just go with the flow. When you're really desperate, you say a few prayers and hope for the best. That's the way I've always lived my life.
I feel like I'm on top of the world. Honestly, I feel like I've climbed a very giant mountain, and I'm just standing right on top with my arms wide open and breathing rarified air.
There were moments when I really just thought, I don't need anything and I don't need anyone. I just want to go away and disappear.
I find that the very things that I get criticized for, which is usually being different and just doing my own thing and just being original, is the very thing that's making me successful.
Being betrayed is one of the most valuable lessons life can teach.
I lost my sense of trust, honesty and compassion. I crashed down and became what I consider an emotional mess. I've never been so miserable in my whole life. I just wanted to go to bed and never get up.
Yes, you can lose somebody overnight, yes, your whole life can be turned upside down. Life is short. It can come and go like a feather in the wind.
I feel sexy when I get out of the tub - your skin is fresh and you've put up your hair without looking.
I'm always soul searching on a spiritual level.
I feel like in a way I'm starting over, with everything.
Later in my life, I'm going to look back and smile and be very fulfilled. I know that if I don't give it my all right now I'll regret it later. That's very important to me, because I've worked all my life to have this.
Life unravels the way it does, and it has an effect on you, but you have to take responsibility for dealing with it.
One day, someone said to me, "Do you want to go jump out of an airplane?" I felt like I had nothing to lose anymore, so I said, "Why not?" And every day since then, I ask myself that question.
Fortunately, when you're a mom, the responsibility of caring for your child can keep you going.
I won't lie, I've had a lot of discouraging moments in the past years, moments I wasn't sure about things and doubted myself.
I enjoy sports in person.
I'm more private than people realize. I'm not that easy to get to know.
You learn to accept your own reality.
I'm not someone who is glamorous all the time.
I do not see my family life in any way, shape, or form as an opportunity for a photo.
Music is a great natural high and a great natural escape.
My music must reflect whatever's going on in my mind, and my life needs to evolve for me to discover who it is I'm becoming.
My life revolves around my child's routine.
I want to be successful, but I don't really have what it takes to do it comfortably.
I don't want someone photographing my cellulite - I can't take it!
I really admire artists that are willing to take a different approach and a different angle to their shows.
Dysphonia is not a singing problem. It's a voice box issue in the muscle on the voice, very different from having a nodule on the vocal cords, which I've never had. I'm lucky that I've never had that. It needs a long renewal time, and even today, I am still addressing it.
I was in a very deep, dark slump, and I needed to find a way to get myself out of it. I had to force myself back out into life, back out into experiencing things.
Writing is very much a playground - an artistic playground. It's the most fun thing I do.
I'll always be sad that my marriage ended.
So many people bare their midriffs, I don't know why mine is such an issue.
It was just like a dream. I could have ended up with an album that's not all that different from anything else coming out of Nashville. Mutt made the difference. He took these songs, my attitude, my creativity, and colored them in a way that is unique.
Country music is still your grandpa's music, but it's also your daughter's music. It's getting bigger and better all the time and I'm glad to be a part of it.
I didn't have a choice growing up but to be more insecure because others had more.
Putting a stamp on things just helps you say, 'Hey, yesterday I was there, and today I'm here.' It's another step forward, and it feels like another turning point and an unleashing of creativity, and now I'm going to start focusing on the show and the production, the fun stuff that comes with it.
I want to talk to people that have been through big disappointments, big emotional crises, deep life struggles, and I will learn something from that.
I really hope my peers appreciate and respect what I'm doing.
I don't want my body to be a distraction from my talent or my brain.
Now that I have and I'm not a have-not, I've learned how important it is to maintain humility.
I'm neither embarrassed of who I am, where I come from, what I've experienced, I'm not ashamed of it.
I really can't imagine not singing again.
If my clothing does stand out, then I guess it's a compliment, but I just wear whatever feels comfortable.
I played a lot of football when I was younger. I'm a good receiver, actually.
I don't take any day for granted anymore.
I temporarily lost my hope in love, and it was temporary, thank goodness.
I love music.
I spent a lot of my life holding back my cries, and I want to change that because it's not good for me.
My father was a beautiful man.
I'd like to see the Olympics live. I've only watched it on television.
I'm never at my best on television. There's a row of cameras between you and the audience, and it's very weird, very confusing.
All I ever intended was to make a living at what I do. Everything I've achieved since then is above and beyond.
Marilyn Monroe never sold a platinum album. And more people know my music than what I look like.
I have arm-wrestled here and there... guys seem to want to test my strength.
I enjoyed working at McDonald's.
I certainly could've gone off track many, many times in my youth.
For a good 10 to 12 years, I was working non-stop and I wasn't really enjoying my success.
Coming from where I came from, it was unimaginable to ever be wealthy. That was just too far out of my reach.
I have my own opinions, but my songs don't share them.
I have two fathers.
I think it's important that readers know that not every celebrity is a freak.
I love the role that men play in our lives.
I like being at home and cooking.
I want romance.
I was not naturally meant to be on stage. I hated being in the spotlight; I was scared.
I wouldn't call myself a feminist, because I think there are differences between men and women.
I'm like everybody else.
I've been performing my whole life.
It's really such a personal journey, making a record, but even more so writing the songs.
It always disappoints me when I go to a concert and they don't play my favorite song, or at least one of their biggest hits.
In a way, we women take on more than we need to sometimes.
If I hadn't had a childhood career, I probably would've signed a contract with the first person I came across.
I've succeeded as far as I'm concerned - I don't feel that I have any cliffs I could fall over anytime soon.
It's very hard to concentrate when your stomach's rumbling.
It's very hard to be honest with yourself when something's just not working.
My fears and anxieties throughout my whole life have been slowly squeezing my voice.
Suffering does not discriminate.
My voice is stronger today than ever.
The red-carpet spotlight is a little bit more nerve-racking when you haven't been doing it all the time.
Without a doubt, the best way to get to know me is through my music.
The only reason that you do visual is solely for the visual. That's the only reason. It doesn't sell your music for you.
You can't just turn love on and off.
You don't want to be outside during blackfly season.
Sting I've seen a few times, and he really inspired me in the sense that he breaks the songs down a lot and will take a different approach. He'll take an acoustic approach to them; he'll rearrange them for the live stage.
I certainly don't think you need to be famous to want to leave a legacy, but when you are famous, it's even more likely that your child will get the wrong perspective on your life if you die prematurely.
There was a time when I was - after my very first record from Nashville, I thought I might not be one of those who actually really makes it, and I may end up back in Canada, just playing clubs. And that might - this might have just been it.
I am a sensible person.
I guess I just thought everybody knew that I didn't smoke! I mean - I don't smoke now and I never did.

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