Dion: For Keeps
(French version: Céline Dion: Pour Toujours...)
By Jenna Glatzer
French translation by Georges-Hébert
Céline Dion has long been one of the world's
most admired performers. Her unique blend of brilliant talent and an unstinting
willingness to share her life has defined her career in the public eye. With new
interviews and special memorabilia, Céline Dion: For Keeps will invite
her fans to get to know the professional and personal parts of her life as never
Céline Dion is a very special
collection: a combination of memoir, personal scrapbook, and looking glass into
one of the world's most admired lives. Drawing heavily from Céline's personal
archives and those of her husband and longtime manager, René Angelil, this book
focuses on the key elements of her life, including her family, career,
inspirations, courtship and marriage to René, show business hiatus, son René-Charles,
and plans for the future-- everything that makes her who she is.
Produced in the successful and stylish format
of last year's The Sinatra Treasures, each of Céline Dion's
chapters will include removable facsimiles of favorite mementos, stored in
vellum envelopes. Everything from Céline and René's love notes and family
photos to special letters and her wedding program can be examined and admired in
detail. This is a remarkable opportunity to share in the unique and vital life
and career of Céline Dion.
My Experience With Céline
I didn't know
what to expect when I was offered the opportunity to write Céline's
book. I hoped she'd be nice, but I tried not to have high expectations--
many of my writer-friends who've written celebrity biographies have told me it's
very easy to get disenchanted when you peek behind the "celebrity
I was told I'd
probably meet her once, and the rest of the book would be based on interviews
with René and others close to Céline. After all, she was extremely busy
performing in Vegas, and when she had down-time, she cherished her time with her
husband and son.
No one expected
what actually happened.
It was Céline
who kept asking me to come back to Vegas, kept wanting to talk more and share
more. The more I got to know her, the more I was in awe of this
woman. Her warmth and trust is apparent immediately, and she is amazingly
down-to-earth. I'm not sure how anyone could stay so grounded with
millions of adoring fans and truckloads of awards, but I'm telling you, she's
The way she
comes across on television-- sweet, emotional, simple, a little wacky-- that's
not an act. This is a woman who is genuinely interested in everyone around
her, and never acts like the most important person in a room. This is a
woman who is always giving back quietly; always wanting to please; always
wanting to do right by her fans, her crew, her family. She's strong, she's
smart, and she knows what matters in life.
something to be said for the fact that most of her crew has been with her for
more than a decade. They've followed her from Canada, and as one of them
said, "You don't do that for everybody. You do it for Céline."
larger-than-life woman became my friend. My friend who wore sweatpants and
sat on the floor
with me and shared "girl talk" until 3 in the morning on several
occasions. I couldn't have imagined a better experience. This is a
memory I know I'll always cherish. "Next time," she told me,
"Don't come back for work. Come back to have dinner with Réne and
twist my arm!)
I got to see
many sides of Céline-- one minute, she'd tearfully tell me about how torn she
was about returning to show business when what she really wanted to do was stay
home with her son. The next minute, she'd launch into impersonations of
her favorite stars, spontaneous renditions of Freddie Mercury songs, and jokes
I waited for
someone to tell me, "Don't look her directly in the eye" or
"Don't ask her questions about..." but it never happened. I
waited for one little sign of "diva behavior," but there weren't
any. Instead, I got an introspective woman telling me about her faults,
her fears, and her joys. I wasn't fascinated by her because she was
famous. She was just plain fascinating, and she has the uncanny ability to
make you feel fascinating, too.
bothered to show me her awards or her fancy wardrobe, but she bubbled over with
excitement when she showed me the beautiful cards the dancers in the show gave
her on New Year's Eve. She had most of them memorized. Then she
paged through the "guest book" in her dressing room that contains
messages from kids (and some adults) from organizations like Make-a-Wish.
These are kids with disabilities or terminal illnesses who've had wishes
fulfilled to meet Céline, and again, she can quote most of the messages on
sight, telling me which ones inspired her most.
To the fans, I
say, you've picked the right singer to care about. Céline deserves every bit of
her success, and even if she doesn't know you individually, she cares about you
Glatzer is an award-winning full-time writer in New York who’s written hundreds of
articles for magazines and online publications such as Prevention, Woman’s
World, Woman’s Own, Physical, Women's Health &
Fitness, Salon.com, ePregnancy, and AOL.
She's also a contributing editor at Writer's Digest. She is the
editor-in-chief of AbsoluteWrite.com, a produced playwright, optioned
screenwriter, and author of hundreds of greeting cards.
Her latest books include Make
a Real Living as a Freelance Writer (Nomad
Press, 2005) and Fear is No Longer
My Reality (McGraw-Hill, 2004), co-written with Jamie Blyth of The
is also an instructor at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.
So how do I get this book?
Visit the links below...
Dion: For Keeps)
(Céline Dion: Pour Toujours...)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Release date: November, 2005
List price: $39.95
Thank you to the fans, who've
made this experience even more wonderful! Here's a present
And here's a spot on my message
board where you can discuss the book.
Here's an interview
with me about the book on CelineDreams.com.
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