Candace Cameron Bure

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Candace Cameron Bure
Candace Cameron Bure 2009.jpg
Born Candace Helaine Cameron
(1976-04-06) April 6, 1976 (age 38)
Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Model, producer, author
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Valeri Bure (m. 1996)
Children 3
Relatives Kirk Cameron (brother) Amaya Cameron

Candace Helene Cameron Bure (born April 6, 1976) is an American actress, model, producer, and author. She is best known for the role of D. J. Tanner, the eldest daughter, on the television series Full House which she played from ages 10 to 18. She is the younger sister of actor Kirk Cameron. In 2014, she was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars: season 18, finishing in third place.

Early life[edit]

Candace Cameron Bure was born in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California to Robert Cameron and Barbara Bausmith Cameron.[1] She is one of four children.


Following in the footsteps of her older brother Kirk, Candace decided to pursue acting. She started in the entertainment business by appearing in a number of television commercials. Soon after, she guest starred in roles on shows such as St. Elsewhere, Growing Pains, and Who's the Boss?. (Among the roles for which she auditioned was the lead on Small Wonder which ultimately went to Tiffany Brissette.) In a 1985 episode of the sitcom Punky Brewster, Cameron portrayed a girl named Jennifer who had been kidnapped by her father. In 1987, she had a role as the youngest sister of Eric Stoltz in the teen comedy Some Kind of Wonderful.

She began the most prominent role of her career in 1987 on the ensemble sitcom Full House, as Donna Jo "D.J." Tanner, the oldest daughter. The long-running series ended in 1995, and she was a member of the cast during its entire run. Full House is a story about a family of three girls parented by a widower.[2]

While Cameron was on Full House, she was also featured in made-for-TV movies. She starred as an abused teenager in No One Would Tell followed by She Cried No as a date-raped teenager and NightScream, a mystery. Cameron guest starred in the failed TV pilot Real Mature and in an episode of Bill Nye The Science Guy as "Candace the Science Gal". She also appeared in the Tom Hanks and Sally Field feature film Punchline.

Cameron has hosted the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 1990 with Dave Coulier and David Faustino, and again in 1994 with Joey Lawrence and Marc Weiner, becoming the first person to host twice or more (followed by Whitney Houston, Rosie O'Donnell and Jack Black).

After Full House[edit]

After Full House ended in 1995, Cameron guest starred on such network hits as Cybill and Boy Meets World.

After the birth of her children, she took a self-imposed hiatus from television and film to devote her time to her family and children. In the 2000s, she appeared as an interview on the retrospective I Love the '80s and I Love the '80s Strikes Back. She would later co-host 50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up on the E! network, along with Keshia Knight Pulliam of The Cosby Show fame.

In 2006, she guest starred on the sitcom That's So Raven. The following year, she co-starred with Randy Travis in The Wager, and starred with Tom Arnold in the television movie Moonlight and Mistletoe for the Hallmark Channel in 2008. Cameron returned to a television series in 2009 and was cast in Make It or Break It,[3] a teenage gymnastics drama series on ABC Family, playing Summer Van Horne.[4] The series ended in 2012.[5]

On March 4, 2014, she was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on the season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. Her professional partner was Mark Ballas.[6] The couple made it to the finals and ultimately ended in third place behind Amy Purdy and Meryl Davis who took second and first place, respectively.

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

Bure kicked off her first week on Dancing with the Stars with a score of 25 for her contemporary dance, ending up second on the first week's leaderboard. However, her scores continuously dropped as the show progressed. It was mainly the viewer's votes that keep her safe. Bure was also noted for not receiving a single 10 from any judges for any of her individual dances with Ballas until the semifinals.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Contemporary/ "Burn" 9 8 8 No Elimination
2 Rumba / "Say Something" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Jive / "Blue Suede Shoes" 8 8/81 8 Safe
42 Quickstep / "The Ballroom Blitz" 7 7/73 7 No Elimination
5 Samba / "Under the Sea" 8 9/94 9 Last to be called safe
6 Cha-cha-cha / "I Love It" 8 85 / 8 8 Last to be called safe
7 Argentine tango /"1977"
Team freestyle / "Livin' la Vida Loca"
96 / 9
10 / 9
8 Foxtrot / "That's It, I Quit, I'm Movin' On"
Celebrity dance duel (Contemporary) / "Stay with Me"
Viennese Waltz / "If I Knew"
Jazz / "Nasty"
Quickstep / "Umbrella"
Freestyle / "Canned Heat"
Samba & quickstep Fusion / "Sir Duke"
Third place
1Score from guest judge Robin Roberts
2As part of the "Partner Switch-Up", was paired with Tony Dovolani
3Score from guest judge Julianne Hough
4Score from guest judge Donny Osmond
5Score from guest judge Redfoo
6Scores from guest judge Ricky Martin
7Score from guest judge Abby Lee Miller
8Score from guest judge Kenny Ortega


Cameron Bure has written a book, Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness (ISBN 1433669730), published in January 2011. It was a New York Times best seller. She wrote a second book, Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose (ISBN 1433681846), published in January 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Cameron Bure married Russian NHL hockey player Valeri Bure in 1996.[7] They were first introduced at a charity hockey game by her Full House co-star Dave Coulier.[7] Cameron Bure and her husband have three children: daughter Natasha (born 1998)[7] and sons Lev (born 2000)[7] and Maksim (born 2002).[8] Cameron Bure became a Christian in her 20s; she credits her faith as the binding force in her marriage.[8] She has revealed she suffered from bulimia nervosa in her early twenties.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1982–84 St. Elsewhere Megan White Recurring role (5 episodes)
1984 T. J. Hooker Tina Episode: "The Confession"
1985 Punky Brewster Julie Whitney / Jennifer Bates Episode: "Milk Does a Body Good"
1986 Wonderful World of Color Julie Episode: "Little Spies"
1987 Wonderful World of Color Samantha Episode: "Bigfoot"
1987 Who's the Boss? Young Mona Episode: "Mona"
1988 I Saw What You Did Julia Fielding Movie
1987 Growing Pains Jenny Foster Episode: "The Long Goodbye"
1987–95 Full House D.J. Tanner Main role (193 episodes)
1988 Growing Pains Jenny Foster Episode: "Fool for Love"
1990 All New Mickey Mouse Club, TheThe All New Mickey Mouse Club Herself Episode: "Guest Day"
1990 Camp Cucamonga Amber Lewis Movie
1995 Sharon's Secret Sharon Movie
1995 Visitors of the Night Katie English Movie
1996 Cybill Hannah Episode: "When You're Hot, You're Hot"
1996 No One Would Tell Stacy Collins Movie
1996 Kidz in the Wood Donna Movie
1996 She Cried No Melissa Connell Movie
1997 NightScream Drew Summers / Laura Fairgate Movie
1997 Boy Meets World Millie Episode: "The Witches of Pennbrook"
2001 Twice in a Lifetime Rose Hathaway Episode: "Moonshine Over Harlem"
2007 That's So Raven Courtney Dearborn Episode: "Teacher's Pet"
2008 Moonlight and Mistletoe Holly Movie
2009–12 Make It or Break It Summer Van Horne Main role (41 episodes)
2011 Truth Be Told Annie Morgan Movie
2011 Can't Get Arrested Candace Episode: "House of Pain"
2011 Heart of Christmas, TheThe Heart of Christmas Megan Walsh Movie
2012 Puppy Love Megan Movie
2013 Finding Normal Dr. Lisa Leland Movie
2013 Let It Snow Stephanie Beck Movie
2014 The Neighbors Woman Episode: "There Goes the Neighbors' Hood"
2014 Dancing with the Stars Herself/contestant Season 18


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Some Kind of Wonderful Cindy Nelson
1988 Punchline Carrie
1995 Monster Mash Mary (Juliet)
2001 Krew, TheThe Krew Chief Karls
2007 Wager, TheThe Wager Cassandra
2013 Finding Normal Dr. Lisa Leland
2014 Christmas Under Wraps Dr. Lauren Brunell
2015 To the Wall Cynthia

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1988 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Actors/Actresses Ensemble in Television or Motion Picture Little Spies (shared with cast) Nominated
1988 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Television Comedy Series Growing Pains (for episode "The Long Goodbye") Nominated
1989 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress — Starring in a Television Comedy Series Full House Nominated
1990 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Full House Nominated
1991 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Full House Nominated
1992 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Full House Nominated
1993 Young Artist Award Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Full House Nominated
1994 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress Full House Won


  1. ^ "Candace Cameron Bure Biography (1976–)". Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  2. ^ Full Spouse at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Profile at
  4. ^ Make It or Break It at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 26, 2012). "'Make it Or Break It' Canceled, According to Executive Producer". TV by the Numbers ( Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b c d "Full House: 1987–1995". People. June 26, 2000. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Candace Cameron Bure's 'Full House' Brings Joy". OK!. March 2, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ Loinaz, Alexis L. (December 14, 2013). "Candace Cameron Bure Opens Up About Bulimia Battle: 'I Turned to Food for Comfort'". People. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 

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