Canadians who made their mark on the world
Nelly's debut CD Whoa, Nelly! was released in October of 2000. It's single I'm Like a Bird was a smash hit and helped her to win four Juno awards at the 30th Juno Awards and most recently the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance award at the 2002 Grammy Awards.
Mike was born somewhere in southern Ontario in 1963 or 1964. At some point he joined Second City in Toronto. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1989-1994, where he played many characters.
This was a hilarious, fun film. A must see. Mike's last adventure onto the big screen was Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and I must say it is pretty funny. He plays two characters, Austin Powers, and Dr. Evil. He also wrote the script and produced the movie. And of course, now there's the sequel Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, even funnier than the first
Kiefer was the firstborn of twins. He lived in Los Angeles, with his parents (Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas) until their divorce. Then he and his sister moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada with their mother. At 9 years, he appeared on stage for the first time in a production called Throne of Straw.
Kiefer dropped out of school at age 15 to persue a career in acting.
Funnyman Jim Carey overcame a difficult childhood to become the character he is today. He was raised in southern Ontario where his family encountered financial difficulties that forced him to grow up too fast. As a teenager he made his first appearance as a stand-up comic at Yuk-Yuks.
From television he moved to his funny role as Ace Ventura and to the films we all recognize him in today:
Michael was born Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961 to Phyllis and William Fox in Edmonton, Alberta. Michael's father worked in the Canadian Armed Forces, which entailed many moves for the family. At William's retirement in 1971 the family settled in Burnaby, British Columbia.
When most people think of Leslie Nielsen these days they think of his character Lt. Frank Drebin from the Naked Gun film series. Nielsen was born on February 11, 1926 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He was raised in Fort Norman in the Yukon where his father was a Mountie (RCMP). Some of his more recent film appearances would include: The Naked Gun films, Surf Ninjas, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Spy Hard, and Mr. Magoo.
Shania was born in Windsor (Ontario), the second oldest of five children. As a child she was a bit of a recluse. Her musical talents were discovered by her parents when she was just a youngster, and they pushed her to perform.
By age eight she would be woken up at 1 am (after serving hours) to perform at local bars. Her parents got her performing on television, radio, even at senior centers!
Shania's family was poor, and a lot of hopes were
put on Shania and her musical talents by her mother. she has released
three albums, and received many awards including American Music Awards,
Canadian Country Music Awards, a couple of Junos and a Grammy.
Pamela was born in the small town of Ladysmith B.C. on Canada's 100th birthday (July 1, 1967). She was the first baby born that day (4:08 am), so she was given the title The Centennial Baby.
Céline was born in Charlemagne, Quebec, on March 30, 1968, the youngest of 14 children to Adhemar and Thérese. She started her performing career at age 5 at a local club her parents ran. Céline's big international break came when she sung the title track to the Disney film Beauty and the Beast. This song not only won a Grammy Award, but also an Academy Award!
A five-piece, truly Canadian band. They blasted on the scene in the early 1990s with an independent release and shortly afterwards got signed to a record company and the successful Gordon was released. They keep on going, their song "One Week" which was featured in the film American Pie is regularly stuck in my head.
She was born June 1, 1974 in Ottawa, Ontario. Since Alanis was a kid, she liked singing, dancing, and acting. She started dance lessons at age 7, and at age 9 started writing songs "just for fun".
He was born on November 5, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario. He was given his first guitar at 10, and bought his first electric guitar at 12. At 15 he left school, joined a band as a singer, and went on the road across Canada
Born as Florence Nightingale Graham in 1884 in Woodbridge, Ontario.She first trained to be a nurse before she realized that she "not only wanted to make people well, but she wanted to make them beautiful."
She moved to the U.S. at 25 and got a job as a secretary for a cosmetics firm. After a while she borrowed some money, and opened up a beauty salon. This is when she changed her name to Elizabeth Arden.
By this time next year, 77-year-old Sir Kenneth Thomson, Canada's richest person, should have already passed the reigns of the company his father started in 1934, Thomson Corp. to his son David. As the succession was announced in May 2000, Thomson was already divesting its family of 130 newspapers--including the famed Globe and Mail--and was in the midst of a $5 billion, 40-company buying spree. The goal? To transform the $6.5 billion company into a massive provider of electronic information and services.
He currently is the 15th Richest Person in the World.
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