Given Name: Eilleen Regina Edwards; chosen name, Shania, is the Ojibway Indian word for "I'm on my way". Twain is the surname of her adoptive father, Jerry Twain.
Name Change: After signing her record deal in 1992, Mercury Records executives mentioned that they didn't think that her name, Eilleen Twain, was a viable name for a country singer; they suggested that she change her last name, but Shania refused, opting to change her first name instead.
Birth Date: August 28, 1965
Birth Place: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Home Town: Timmins, Ontario, Canada, 500 miles north of Toronto
Hair Color: Reddish Brown
Eye Color: Brown with a touch of green
Height: 5 ft, 3 1/2 in.
Shoe Size: 6 1/2
Parents: Mother Sharon; father Jerry; an Ojibway Indian, adopted Shania and raised her from the time she was 4; birth father Clarence Edwards. Jerry and Sharon were killed in a car accident in 1987 when Shania was 21.
Siblings: Sisters Jill and Carrie-Ann; brothers Mark and Darryl.
Spouse: South African-born veteran rock producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange. He has been her producer since her 1995 album The Woman In Me.
How They Met: Mutt called Shania after seeing her video "What Made You Say That" and listening to her first album; they met face-to-face for the first time at 1993's Fan Fair in Nashville, TN , which Mutt attended with rock star Bryan Adams; the couple fell in love in Spain; became engaged Paris and married Dec. 28, 1993, at the Deerhurst Inn in Muksoka, Ontario, Canada; "I respect him and love so much. That's what makes my whole life happy."
First Song She Sang To Him: "Home Ain't Where His Heart Is (Anymore)", during one of their early phone conversations.
Residences: a home on Florida's west coast; an estate in Lake Placid, NY (for sale) and a newly acquired castle in Switzerland on Lake Geneva.
Early Performances: Age 3, after recognizing her young daughters talent, Sharon Twain had Shania sing along with the jukebox for patrons at local restaurants; by age 8, Shania was singing on television and radio shows, telethons, family gatherings, homes for the elderly, community centers and nightclubs; "I think starting young was a good thing, because if I hadn't started young, I don't know if I would have gotten up the courage to go up onstage. By the time I was a teenager, it was second nature."
Pets: A German Shepherd, Tim; and a horse, Dancer...they often travel with Shania when she is on the road.
Favorite Food: Pasta. Shania is a vegetarian.
Favorite Colors: Red and green.
Favorite Dessert: Pastries, but especially Peach Pie.
Favorite Songs: "Wildflower" by Skylark; "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" by The Mamas & The Papas; "Coat of Many Colors" and "In The Ghetto" by Dolly Parton; "She's Always A Woman" by Billy Joel; and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" by Hank Williams.
Musical Influences: Dolly Parton, Gladys Knight, The Mamas & The Papas, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, The Supremes.
Favorite Movie: 1994's Immortal Beloved starring Gary Oldman and Isabella Rossellini-the film is a dramatization about the life and secret love of Ludwig Von Beethoven.
Favorite Actor: Jim Carrey
Favorite Actress: Jessica Lange
Hobbies: Camping, skiing, horseback riding, songwriting, loves animals and spending time outdoors
Favorite Charity: Second Harvest Food Bank
Grammys: 1996 Best Country Album for The Woman In Me; 1998 Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song for "You're Still The One"; 2000 Best Country Song for "Come On Over" and Best Country Female Vocal Performance for "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!".
ACM Awards: 1996 Top New Female Vocalist and Album of the Year for The Woman In Me. 2000 Entertainer of the Year.
CMA Awards: 1999 Entertainer of the Year.
Platinum Album: Shania Twain (1993, 1 million)
Diamond Albums: The Woman In Me (1995, 12 million); Come On Over (1997, 18 million); The Diamond Award is a new certification level from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the company that monitors and keeps track of record sales. The award signifies sales of 10 million or more; Shania was presented with her two Diamond Awardsduring the Academy of Country Music Awards show on May 5, 1999. She is the only woman in music history to have back-to-back 10 million selling albums. Come On Over is now the best selling country album of all-time and the best selling album by a female artist of all-time in any genre. Shania has become in December 2000 the only female performer with the highest selling album in music history!!!!!!!!!! Records sales overall: 31 million!!!!!!!!!
Billboard Top 10 Singles: From The Woman In Me: "Any Man Of Mine" (No. 1, 1995); "(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here" (No. 1, 1995); "You Win My Love" (No. 1, 1996); "No One Needs To Know" (No. 1, 1996); From Come On Over: "Love Gets Me Every Time" (No. 1, 1997); "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)" (No. 1, 1998); "You're Still The One" (No. 1, 1998); "From This Moment On" (No. 6, 1998, with Bryan White); "Honey, I'm Home" (No. 1, 1998); "That Don't Impress Me Much" (No. 8, 1999); "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!" (No. 4, 1999); "Come On Over" (No. 6, 1999). (Note: "You've Got A Way" peaked at No. 13-the only single from Come On Over not to crack the Billboard Top 10 so far). "Rock This Country" (No. 30, 1999). Shania is the only artist in the history of recorded music to have 11 singles released from one album.
Current Single: "I'm Holding On to Love" (No. 17, 2000).
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