Candace Cameron Bure was only pushing 10 years old when she started out on "Full House" in 1987. Now the "Fuller House" star is celebrating her 41st birthday on April 6, 2017. To mark the occasion, let's take a look at how the mom of three's life on-screen and off has unfolded.
Candace Cameron Bure took after her older bro, famous child actor Kirk Cameron, and was drawn to the biz at a young age. She started out in the early '80s guest starring on shows like "St. Elsewhere," "Punky Brewster" and her brother's hit series, "Growing Pains." It all came full circle when he made an appearance on her show, "Full House," in 1987.
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Candace Cameron Bure landed her breakout role as D.J. Tanner on ABC's family series "Full House" in 1987. The (almost) 10-year-old became a part of the ensemble cast with Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Jodie Sweetin and the Olsen twins — Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen.
America basically watched Candace Cameron Bure grow up into a teenager on television since she starred on "Full House" until the series ended in 1995. She's pictured here with her on-screen boyfriend, who was played by Scott Weinger.
Candace Cameron Bure tried to focus on her acting career again after marrying Valeri Bure. She starred in an NBC TV movie called "No One Would Tell" with Fred Savage in 1996 and made guest appearances on shows like "Boy Meets World." But privately, she had began struggling with bulimia while dealing with the end of her hit series and a new life with Val in Canada. "It wasn't about me trying to lose weight," she explained to People. "It was all about emotions."
Fortunately, Candace Cameron Bure was able to overcome her eating disorder. She refocused her energy on raising her beautiful family of three with hubby Valeri Bure. She took a break from the limelight after giving birth to daughter Natasha Bure in 1998, first son Lev Bure in 2000, and youngest boy Maksim Bure in 2002. At the time, she also became more religious, prioritizing her Christian beliefs.
By the end of the 2000s, Candace Cameron Bure was ready to return to acting. She began starring in a slew of Hallmark Channel TV movies, like "Moonlight and Mistletoe" with Tom Arnold in 2008.
In 2009, Candace Cameron Bure landed a role on another hit series, ABC Family's "Make It or Break It." She remained on the show until 2012.
Meanwhile, Candace Cameron Bure and her NHL player hubby Valeri Bure continued to focus the majority of their attention on children Natasha, Lev and Maksim. And to no one's surprise, her boys took up hockey as an extracurricular activity.
Rumors of a "Full House" reunion had been buzzing for years, but they gained new life when Candace Cameron Bure, John Stamos and Bob Saget met up at the Starlight Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 25, 2013. Nostalgia was definitely in the air.
But instead of a reunion, Candace Cameron Bure continued to work on mainly Christmas-centric Hallmark movies. She starred in "Let It Snow" in 2013 and "Christmas Under Wraps" in 2014.
In 2014, Candace Cameron Bure changed it up a bit when she accepted the challenge of competing on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." She and pro partner Mark Ballas danced all the way to third place on the show's 18th season.
In 2015, Candace Cameron Bure took on a new role as a co-host on ABC's "The View" alongside Raven-Symone, Michelle Collins and Paula Faris. By the end of 2016, though, Candace had decided a bicoastal commute was too much. "The commute of going West Coast to East Coast every single week for me has been tough on me and hard for my family as well," she explained about why she was ending her tenure as a co-host on "The View."
Finally! In April 2015, official word of a "Full House" reunion was revealed. Netflix announced plans to air "Fuller House," a sort of continuation of the old series featuring the majority of the old crew — except Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. Candace Cameron Bure would be reprising her role as D.J. Tanner, all grown up as a widowed veterinarian with three kids of her own.
"Fuller House" debuted on Nextflix on Feb. 26, 2016, and was a total hit! Candace Cameron Bure, seen here with her co-stars Andrea Barber and Jodie Sweetin, was overjoyed when the show was picked up for a second season soon after. You got it, dude!
Candace Cameron Bure received a 2016 Daytime Emmy nomination for her work on "The View" in the Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show category. She shared the nomination honor with co-hosts Joy Behar, Michelle Collins, Paula Faris, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez, Raven-Symone and Nicole Wallace.
Candace Cameron Bure was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards on July 31, 2016. She had one nod in the Choice TV: Chemistry category with "Fuller House" co-stars Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber. Her performance in "Fuller House" won her the surfboard in the Choice TV Actress Comedy category.
Candace Cameron Bure was a total stage mom when her daughter Natasha Bure made it on "The Voice" during Season 11. Natasha was on Adam Levine's team, but she was eliminated on Oct. 10, 2016.
Candace Cameron Bure starred as Hanna in the Hallmark Channel original movie "Journey Back to Christmas," which aired on Dec. 7, 2016. Her character is a World War II-era nurse who gets transported forward in time to 2016, where she meets a man who helps her discover the true meaning of Christmas.