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!
- Her name is correctly pronounced 'Shu-nye-ah'.
- Name "Shania" means "I'm on my way" in Ojibwa.
- Listed in "People Weekly"s "Most Intriguing People" list. (December 25, 1995/January 1, 1996 issue)
- Named #33 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
- 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 (I)' (qv)); and "Man! I Feel Like a Woman," "You've Got a Way" and "Come On Over" (all 1999).
- 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.
- She owns a cottage near the town of Huntsville in the Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada.
- Won three 2003 Juno Awards: Juno Fan Choice Award, Artist of the Year and Country Recording of the Year.