Is Dion the French-Canadian Dolly Parton? Or is Parton the Appalachian Celine? To her credit, Dion actually comes from a bigger family -- she's one of 14 -- but she nonetheless describes her Quebecois childhood as happy in spite of her family being poverty-stricken. They entertained themselves cheaply by making music, and a collaboration between Dion, her brother and her mother ultimately won her a recording contract. By 25 years old, she was an international star, and the Dion family had a lot more Canadian dollars to pass around.