Shania Twain

  • Birth Name: Eileen Regina Edwards
  • Birth Place: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • Profession: Country singer, Songwriter
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Fast Facts

  • While growing up in poverty, she earned money by singing in local bars.
  • Raised her three younger siblings after her mother and stepfather died in a car accident in 1987. 
  • Her stepfather, Jerry, was an Ojibwa native; when she changed her name from Eileen, she chose "Shania," which is Ojibwa for "I'm on my way."
  • Won the 1999 Entertainer of the Year Award at both the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Country Music Association Awards.
  • A vegetarian; she was the first celebrity to be named Sexiest Vegetarian Alive by PETA, in 2001.
  • Signed on with Stetson Fragrances in 2005 to develop and market a fragrance line. 
  • In 2010, she founded the charity Shania Kids Can, which aims to help underprivileged school-age children.
  • Was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2011. 
  • Starred in the documentary series Why Not? With Shania Twain on OWN in the spring of 2011.
  • Penned the memoir From This Moment On in 2011.

Awards

  • 2003, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Fashion Plate Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2000, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female Musical Performer: Winner
  • 2005, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Country Female Singer: Winner
  • 2003, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2003, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Concept Video of the Year: Winner
  • 2003, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Hottest Female Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2005, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2004, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2004, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Female Video of the Year: Winner
  • 2003, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Female Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2012, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 1998, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1999, Grammy — Best Country Song: Winner
  • 1998, Grammy — Best Country Song: Winner
  • 1999, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1995, Grammy — Best Country Album: Winner

Relationships

  • Jill — Sister
  • Carrie Ann — Sister
  • Robert John "Mutt" Lange — Ex-husband
  • Darryl — Half Brother
  • Jerry Twain — Stepfather
  • Clarence Edwards — Father
  • Eja D'Angelo — Son
  • Frédéric Thiébaud — Husband
  • Mark — Half Brother
  • Sharon — Mother

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