Celine Dion on The Oprah Show
During the show, Celine and Peabo Bryson performed their hit from the Oscar®-winning Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, and the enchanting melodies didn't end there.
Amy and Chad, a married couple who regretted their quick vow exchange, got a second chance at the wedding of their dreams. Their fairytale wedding came true—Cinderella-style—when Celine serenaded them with her number one hit, "Because You Loved Me."
The pair tied the knot in 1994 in front of 532 guests at the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada. Some have even compared it to a royal wedding! "The Power of Love" singer wore a 15-pound crystal and pearl tiara that was sewn to her head and enlisted the help of eight bridesmaids—all of her sisters—to keep her 20-foot train on track.
"I love him big-time and I wanted a big wedding," Celine said.
Little did she know, there was an enormous surprise in store. Oprah invited Celine's mother and father to the show—plus all 13 of her brothers and sisters!
"There's prices to pay and the biggest price to pay is to be away from the people you love the most," Celine said. "I love you very much [Oprah]. You are so special."
The entire family sang "It Was Only a Dream"—the song Celine's mother wrote for her when she was a little girl. It is also the first song Celine ever recorded and the same tune that got her discovered by record producer René Angélil, her husband.
The family also did an encore performance of "Church Bells Are Ringing," a song they used to sing when they were all living together in Canada.
"I got my wings from my mom," Celine said. "Every single day I told my mom, 'Mom, I want to sing; I want to become a singer. I want to be in show business,' and my mom always said to me, 'Celine, I want you to sing, but professionally with your own songs.'"
Celine's mother wrote her very first song, "It Was Only a Dream."
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"I'm so happy I can wish you a happy birthday, but at the same time I'd love to say thank you to you because my family and I—we did your show, and we had such a great time," Celine said. "Keep going, girl, because you're the best."
The superstar also opened up about why "Tell Him," her duet with living legend Barbra Streisand was a dream come true. "There are two women that I look up to in my life, my mother in my personal life and Barbra [Streisand] in my singing life," Celine said.
"I've been doing this for 18 years and then I'm realizing I've missed so many wonderful things," Celine said. "I can't wait to meet life."
The "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" singer expressed the importance of being with her family and her husband René—who had just completed cancer treatment.
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The couple said they decided to renew their vows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas after a difficult year in which Celine's husband battled cancer (and won!). The Arabian-themed affair was unlike anything you've ever seen—complete with a gold metal dress designed by Alexander McQueen, camels, gold-plated crowns, belly-dancers, snake-charmers and more!
The show also included other lavish celebrity weddings and an engagement surprise for actress Angie Harmon.
These vocal powerhouses first performed together during the 1999 Grammy® Awards, when music producer David Foster asked Josh to fill in for Andrea Bocelli and sing "The Prayer" with Celine.
So I see this young kid, and I'm like, 'Okay, sure and you know the song?' And he said, "Yes, I think do." And he took the microphone and when he started to sing, he couldn't be any more powerful than that," Celine said. "This kid was incredible."
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Celine and her husband introduced their miracle baby René-Charles to Oprah.
After years of intensive in vitro fertilization treatments, Celine said she was overjoyed to learn she was pregnant. "When I heard the news, I was like—of course he's a miracle baby for us," Celine said. "It's a dream come true in many ways. I will never be the same person anymore."
The megastar also talked about her album A New Day Has Come and her elaborate Las Vegas show.
Scott wanted to profess his love to Sue, his wife and mother of four, and he thought the only way he could ever top the 30th birthday party his wife threw him was to show the world what a great mom she was with the help of The Oprah Show.
What Scott didn't know was there was another treat in store for them!
When Oprah found out that Scott's wife was a huge Celine fan, Oprah and Celine joined forces to take this hookup to the next level.
"Scott, this is wonderful what you are doing for your wife, but I got a great hookup for both you guys," Celine said. "I want to invite both of you for the opening night in Las Vegas for my new show A New Day at the Caesars Palace Colosseum. Also, after the show, I would like to invite you to my dressing room, and I would love to meet both of you!"
The show—three years in the making—took place in a $95 million theater built like a Roman colosseum, and the chart-topping singer offered Oprah an exclusive peek at rehearsals, her 48 dancers, the elaborate costumes and the 120-foot LED screen.
The superstar also offered a behind-the-scenes look at her Las Vegas home and shared how she balances stardom and motherhood.
"I want the curtain to come down and come home and say, 'This is home,'" Celine said. "We don't live in such a big place that you lose perspective."
To commemorate the occasion, celebrities taped their wishes for Oprah. Celine expressed her love and admiration during the celebration.
"Well my friend, I just want to say how proud I am to wish you a happy birthday on this very, very special day. You are grace, you are beautiful, and you're definitely one of a kind," Celine said.
One of the celebrations—a ladies luncheon—included a surprise performance by Celine!
Dressed in green, Oprah's favorite color, the Grammy® award-winning superstar performed "Because You Loved Me" to help the guests—50 fabulous women—celebrate Oprah's 50 years of life. The Canadian singer also sang "Happy Birthday" to commemorate this milestone.
The doting mom admitted to spoiling him and opened up about how she and her husband raise their son.
"My mother called him 'little prince,'" Celine said. "Actually, we have an extravagant life, but we're trying to live as normal as possible.
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"I wish sometimes that people who do the dishes everyday, vacuum everyday, raise the kids, pick them up from school," Celine said, "I wish those [people] could have a part of our lives and we could have a part of theirs."
Expressing that she had lived that way before, Oprah responded, "I don't wish to have that life," as the audience laughed. "Let me tell you, what you're doing now is much better."
Then, the iconic singer opened up about returning to show business after taking time off to start a family, which was no easy task.
"When I had my son, I didn't want to perform in Las Vegas anymore," she said. "I had a life for the first time. I knew then that I wanted to have more success as a mother than a singer. It was probably one of the hardest moments of my life."
Celine also revealed the first time in her life she took charge—when her husband was diagnosed with cancer in 1999.
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Celine said the most important thing she learned from her husband's battle with cancer was, "My life is so much more than show business. ... My inner voice is a lot stronger than my singing voice."
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Diane penned Celine's Oscar®-nominated and Grammy® award-winning smash hit "Because You Loved Me," as well as "I Want You to Need Me," "If You Asked Me To," "Love Can Move Mountains" and "Nothing But My Broken Heart."
After watching Charice sing her smash hit "My Heart Will Go On," Celine gave her an exciting opportunity.
"I'm going to be singing at Madison Square Garden, and I would love to ask you to come and sing a duet with me," Celine said.
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"It's an amazing project because you can read and learn about those miracles and heroes—babies, children—you can learn about those stories, and all the proceeds go for needy children and sick children," Celine said. "It was a blessing."
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The two took Madison Square Garden by storm with a goose bump-inducing rendition of "Because You Loved Me" in front of a sold-out crowd.
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"You know I grew up listening to you and everything you sang inspired me," Celine said. "Your music really touched me deeply. I'm so happy that you're back."
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At first, the footage was just a souvenir of Celine and her family's adventures, but Celine and her husband René decided to share it with the world.
"It was so wonderful," she said. "René looked at this and said, 'We're not keeping this for ourselves.'"
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Celine also opened up about motherhood, her struggle with infertility and the great sadness she experienced when she suffered a miscarriage.
"It's life, you know? A lot of people go through this," she said. "We tried four times to have a child. We're still trying. We're on the fifth try, and I'll tell you, if five is my lucky number, this fifth try has got to come in."
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