- Date of Birth:
- January 16, 1942
- 5' 9"
Rene Angelil (born January 16, 1942 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) was a Canadian singer and manager. Rene reportedly studied at College Saint-Viateur in Outremont, and College Andre-Grasset in Montreal. In the 1960s, Rene was a pop singer, forming The Baronets with two childhood friends. The group found success translating English pop hits into French for the French-speaking Quebecois. After the group broke up, Rene and friend Guy Cloutier began a career managing fellow artists. The two managed successful Quebec entertainers until they parted ways in 1981. At the end of 1980, Rene heard a demo tape from a then-twelve-year-old Celine Dion that reportedly moved Rene to tears. He mortgaged his home to fund her first record, which became a local number-one hit in Quebec. He would continue to be her manager until 2013.
Best Known For:
Rene Angelil is best known as the manager and husband of Celine Dion.
Rene married his first wife, Denyse Duquette, in 1966. They had one son, Patrick, before they divorced in 1972. In 1974, he married singer Anne Renee, and together, they had a son, Jean Pierre, and Anne Marie. They divorced in 1980. In 1994, Rene and Celine were married. They have three sons together: Rene Charles and twins Eddy and Nelson. Rene was an avid gambler and a fan of NHL hockey. Rene was the target of an extortion attempt by Yun Kyeong Kwon Sung in 2003. In 2001, he and Celine filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit against Quebec tabloid over the story that they rented out a pool of Ceasars Palace for $5,000 so she could sunbathe topless and he could skinny dip. In 1992, Rene suffered a heart attack. In 1998, doctors removed a malignant tumor from his neck. Rene continued to combat throat cancer for the next two decades. Rene passed away on Jan. 14, 2016.