René Angélil in 2009
January 16, 1942 |
Montréal, Québec, Canada
|Occupation||Singer, manager, director|
|Spouse(s)||Denyse Duquette (1966-1972)
Manon Kirouac (1974-1980) (div.)
Celine Dion (1994–present)
Early life 
Angélil started out as a pop singer in the 1960s in Montréal, Angélil formed a pop rock group, "The Baronets", with childhood friends Pierre Labelle and Jean Beaulne. They were known as "Québec's Smithtones". This group had some hits in the 1960s as "C'est Fou, Mais C'est Tout" (a translation of the Beatles' song "Hold Me Tight") catering to the short-lived Quebec market for translations of English-language pop hits from the United Kingdom or the United States. After the dissolution of the group, Angélil and best friend Guy Cloutier began managing artists.
Together they managed the career of two successful Québec entertainers René Simard and Ginette Reno, among many other pop stars of the time. They parted ways in 1981 to each become solo managers. At the end of 1980 (not long after being replaced as Ginette's manager) René heard Celine Dion's demo tape. In 1987 and 1988, he won the Félix Award for Manager of the Year.
Personal life 
In 1966, he married his first wife, Denyse Duquette, mother of Patrick Angélil. In 1974, he married singer Manon Kirouac, called Anne Renée on the stage: mother of Jean-Pierre Angélil (born in 1974) and Anne-Marie Angélil (born in 1977), whose husband is Quebec singer-songwriter Marc Dupré. On December 17, 1994, he married Celine Dion. Celine met her husband when she was twelve. Dion is 26 years younger than Angélil. Their son, René-Charles Dion Angélil, was born on January 25, 2001. On August 18, 2009, the couple announced that Dion was pregnant with their second child. It was announced three months later that this pregnancy failed. On May 30, 2010, Celine Dion's representative announced that Dion was 14 weeks pregnant. On October 23, 2010, Dion and Angélil welcomed twin boys. The boys were named Eddy, after Eddy Marnay, who produced Dion's first five albums, and Nelson, after Nelson Mandela.
Extortion attempt 
Angélil was accused by Yun Kyeong Kwon Sung of sexual assault stemming from an incident in 2000 that took place in a Las Vegas hotel. These charges were later investigated by Las Vegas police. Although Angélil eventually paid $2 million to settle, Angélil never admitted to doing anything wrong, always maintaining the settlement was to avoid negative publicity that might upset his wife Celine.
Yun and her husband, Ae Ho Kwon, were later arrested in 2003 and charged with trying to extort money from Angélil over a false rape claim. The couple were convicted in 2005. However, in early 2008, the Nevada Supreme Court reversed both the convictions of husband and wife as to the extortion and conspiracy charges, on grounds that the couple had not been allowed to submit evidence showing that the sexual assault actually occurred. However, the Court upheld the jury verdict as to the charges of soliciting a bribe. The court held that they should have had a chance to produce evidence of rape against Angélil in their trial.
Defamation suits 
In 2001, Angélil, along with his wife Celine Dion, filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit against Quebec tabloid Allo Vedettes' for printing a story alleging the couple paid $5,000 to rent out the swimming pool of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas so that Celine could sunbathe topless and René could go skinny dipping, allegations they strenuously denied. They later withdrew the case, saying it was not a priority in light of the terrorist events of 9/11.
Gambling fame 
Angélil is an avid poker player, having qualified for the 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, and finishing in the money at the 2007 Mirage Poker Showdown event on the World Poker Tour, a series of high stakes tournaments. Angélil is also rumored to be a dedicated gambler away from the poker table. He reportedly gambles upwards of $1 million a week at Caesar's Palace, and keeps a line of credit for the same amount at Bellagio.
A frenzy of speculation as to how much Angélil spends in casinos was created when Jan Jones, former Las Vegas mayor and high ranking executive at Harrah's Communications, was quoted by a reporter from the London-based newspaper The Observer as saying, "Celine Dion's husband is a big gambler. He probably gambles $1 million in a week, but he can afford to." A retraction was later issued by Caesar's Palace, which is owned by Harrah's, stating that Jan Jones' previous allegations were totally without merit.
- Shepherd, Harvey (July 21, 2001). "Celine's son a Greek Melkite like any other: Rene-Charles to receive a combined baptism, first communion, confirmation in Catholic ceremony". The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec). pp. A6.
- Melkite Catholic and studied at College Saint-Viateur (high school), in Outremont and at College André-Grasset (post secondary), in Montreal.
- René Angélil prend la tête de l'académie, LCN, July 29, 2008
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- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1010387/ WEtv movie Celine
- Rape Charge Dropped for Dion's Husband
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