Like many women, I grew up listening to Shania Twain, gaining confidence with every song she produced. Whether I heard “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” or “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face,” the lyrics made me feel powerful and reminded me of what I deserved in a man. In honor of her last appearance in Fargo, I’ve scraped up some facts about this strong woman—one who still proves to be a role model for me today.
1. Her birth name was Eilleen Regina Edwards.
(I know, not exactly a memorable name for the music industry.) Her step-dad, Jerry Twain, adopted her when she was four, making her Eilleen Twain. When her record company, Mercury, signed her, they asked her to change her professional name to Shania at 24, which in Ojibwa means “I’m on my way.” Was she ever!
2. She worked at McDonald’s.
In high school, Shania put in her time under the Golden Arches. To this day, Shania only allows herself to splurge on French fries.
3. She never really knew her biological father.
Because her parents divorced when she was two years old, Shania had never met her father until a few years ago when she reached out to him in order to connect her son to his grandfather.
4. She appeared in a movie.
Twain made an appearance in “I Heart Huckabees” in 2004, starring as herself. #Superstar
5. She lost her husband, producer, and best friend in 2008.
After rumors surfaced of an affair with her best friend, Marie-Anne Thiébaud, Twain divorced Robert (Mutt) Lange—her husband of 14 years—in 1993. Lange was not only her husband, he was also her producer and helped co-write her songs. How do you bounce back from something like that?
6. She suffers from dysphonia.
Twain said this chronic condition, which causes vocal chords to seize up when trying to talk or sing, was caused by “years of suppressing and repressing her voice and emotions.” After her divorce, the stress-induced condition came on full force. With her latest tour, she has had to be very conscious about pacing herself.
7. She got back on her feet.
After much grieving, Twain remarried in 2011. Ironically, this lucky man happened to be her ex-best friend’s (Marie-Anne) ex-husband, Frédéric Thiébaud. (Talk about payback.) After their spouses had cheated with each other, the two sought comfort in each other, and eventually fell in love. Their children, being the same age, became best friends.
8. She is a vegetarian.
She was named PETA’s Sexiest Celebrity Vegetarian in 2001 and nominated several years since. She became a vegetarian in 1993, after she married her now-ex husband Mutt Lange.
9. She holds the record for most successful female album in the U.S.
Twenty million copies of her album, “Come on Over,” have been sold in the U.S. since its release in 1999. Whitney Houston’s, “The Bodyguard” follows with the second most sold at 17 million. Twain’s album also ranks in the top ten best-selling albums overall.
10. She is producing her fifth (and final) album.
As of June, Twain said she had her final album written and had started to record the vocals. I can’t see where she goes with her final album.
11. She is on her farewell tour.
It’s been more than 20 years since Twain released her first album and has finally decided to end her music career with one last tour—the Rock This Country tour. (Debuts in the Fargodome tonight at 7:30 PM!)
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