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Shania Twain Biography

Birth Name:
Eilleen Regina Edwards
Birth Place:
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Country singer, songwriter

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


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