Celine! Our Obsequiousness Will Go On!
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 98 03:15:38 -0800
Subject: Celine! Our Obsequiousness Will Go On!
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Celine! Our Obsequiousness Will Go On!
By Lisa Pollak
(c) 1998, The Baltimore Sun
We were sitting in the office, humming the love theme to *Titanic,*
wondering, _Will that brilliant diva Celine Dion ever get the exposure she
deserves?_ when something happened that made us want to rise to our feet
and beat our chest with one clenched fist, the way Celine does when she
sings *My Heart Will Go On.* That something, of course, was the arrival of
*A Voice and a Dream: The Celine Dion Story* (Ballantine Books, $5.99).
Yes, Celine fans, we know what you_re thinking: Between listening to
Celine_s newly released French album and her coming Christmas album,
watching her just-around-the-corner holiday special and following her world
tour into the year 2000, however will we find the time to read 174 pages
about *the world_s hottest diva in a captivating story of a real-life
No need to worry, busy fans. For you, we now present: *A Voice and a
Dream* O the condensed version.
Page XI: Author Richard Crouse recalls the *engrossing journey* that
was getting to know Celine Dion.
Later, page XI: Author admits he has never actually met Celine Dion.
Page XII: Nonetheless, *That she has been able to maintain a level head
amid the whirlwind of her career fascinated me, forcing me to dig deep and
study her background.*
Page 6: Celine Dion is born in a village outside Montreal.
Page 8: Celine speaks her first sentence O in French! *She absorbed the
French language very quickly, often able to memorize the entire lyrics to
songs at a very young age.* Digging deep, author finds Celine lives in
Page 11: Celine, *not yet 10,* works up to eight hours a day rehearsing
and singing in parents_ nightclub.
Page 12: Work takes its toll on Celine_s schoolwork. Lest her promising
career be cut short, *Ever-helpful siblings ... do her homework for her.*
Page 20: Rene Angelil, famous manager, meets 12-year-old Celine. *You
wouldn_t say she was a cute child,* he says. He is particularly put off by
her *long, pointed incisors.*
Page 28: Teen-age Dion travels the world to perform for adoring crowds,
but begs family: *If you ever see that I_m changing, please ... tell me.
I don_t want to change.*
Page 32: Manager says Celine needs to change. New look will feature
makeup, *sassy* hair, revealing clothing O and capped teeth.
Page 33: Despite impressive early mastery of French, Celine struggles
with English lessons. Gets feelings hurt at recording session when producer
calls her work _bitchin._ *
Page 44: With Celine raking in the cash, manager invests in chain of
restaurants. Family members get glamorous jobs. *Brother Jacques is a night
Page 75: *She was on the threshold of becoming the world_s next
superstar, but Celine never forgot the people who got her there. Sitting in
the back of a stretch limo after one concert in Montreal, she insisted on
rolling down the tinted windows so her fans could see her.*
Page 81: Celine uses newfound English skills to make passionate
declaration of love to manager: *Rene has been my manager for 15 years. He
is the only man of my life, I don_t know anything else.*
Page 83: Celine prepares to wed Angelil. Because she has maintained a
level head amid the whirlwind of her career (Page XII), she will wear a
$25,000 wedding gown with two 30-foot trains, a 7-pound Austrian crystal
headdress and a *thirty-five skin* mink jacket.
Page 107: Celine opines on favorite topics in recorded messages for
fans. Example: *I love high-heel shoes. ... They_re very feminine and sexy
and you walk differently than when you wear running shoes.*
Page 129: Celine gains entry into *International Who_s Who* book, a work
of such prestige, the author notes, that *Pamela Anderson Lee ... didn_t
make the cut.*
Page 145: Having conquered French and English, Celine begins studying
Spanish. Her plans for future, long suspected, are finally confirmed:
*Learning new languages satisfied (Celine_s) desire to educate herself, but
also opened up new markets in her plan for world domination
© 1998 Peter Langston