Aug. 28th, 1965
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Shania Twain was born as Eilleen Regina Edwards in 1965, the middle of three daughters to Clarence and Sharon Edwards (sister Jill is two years older and Carrie-Ann three years younger). When she was six, her mother remarried Jerry Twain, a full-blooded Ojibwa native from Timmins, Ontario, who adopted her as his own, making her 50% native in the eyes of the law. She started out singing in bars as a child after hours, and, at 13, 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!
- Received the "Order of Canada", Canada's highest honor on November 18, 2005.
- Will host the 2003 Juno Awards (Canadian Grammy Awards) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on April 6.
- Her heritage is Irish and French-Canadian. She was raised in the Ojibway Indian culture by her stepfather, a full blooded Ojibway native.
- She received a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (June 25, 2003).
- Her name is correctly pronounced 'Shu-nye-ah'.
- Shares a birthday with 'LeAnn Rimes' (qv).
- Voted "sexiest vegetarian alive" by PETA
- The album, tour and merchandising for the album "Come On Over" made over $40,000,000 in Australia alone, where it still remains one of the longest charting albums in Australia.