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Canadian Dynasty saved my life - What's next?

Updated on March 2, 2017
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I started my genealogy search when I was in 8th grade. DNA testing led me to Cherokee, Saint Luke, Napoleon Bonaparte, & Marie Antoinette.


I started off by purchasing "The Essential Celine Dion" cd; as well as all of Avril Lavigne's cds. My goal was to immerse myself in each of my distant cousins forms of expression. I even borrowed Ryan Gosling's movies from someone who has an extensive movie collection. I even went and bought Justin Bieber's cd too. Not leaving anyone out. Just learning from the family members that Mathurin and Marguerite Roy has placed in front of me. My hope is to make my own mark on the world, and find a creative way to do so. Just like the historical miracle that our Great x10 or 11 Grandmother endured back in the late 1600s, where she miraculously walked again. Or, my Great Aunt being a Nun at a church in or near Quebec City. My own Mother Theresa. I remember visiting her a few times at her church, and the amazing religious charms that I received as gifts.


Celine Dion (The Queen of Pop)

Celine Dion is a true icon, in life and in love. My father started watching her career when she began as a French speaking teen star (which I just bought Celine Dion's first French Album). (My father already knew about the connection to our family tree back when I was about 13 or 14 years old.) Celine was born in 1968, so I grew up singing along to many of her songs. Both in French and in English. Many, many people adore her. Celine has been fortunate in love, to a man that made his life in watching her soar. (René Angélil) Did you know he mortgaged his house to finance her career? However, Celine's husband, René Angélil recently passed away from throat cancer. Not all of us are as fortunate as Celine. Some of us have had to play Beauty (for 18 years) to a Beast.

Recently, I learned that P!nk wrote Celine a song after her husband's death. The song is called, "Recovering." It is quite funny that just before this publication came out about P!nk writing Celine a song, I had also turned to P!nk's music recently. Celine also stated in the article, "I've been criticized for being an open book for so long...." which really hit home for me as well. Celine and I are about 3 years and 2 or 3 months apart in age. I still remember seeing her on the news on Canada TV. I feel fortunate enough to live life as an open book, then through lies, manipulation and deception. It makes me wonder if many Canucks, from that generation, live their lives in the same way. I find it refreshing, but others tend to be a critic.

Celine Dion's tribute to France at the American Music Awards brought tears. What a tribute from an iconic singer whose family tree actually originated from France.

Some trivia:

Honored by two different governments in two days. Her home province of Quebec awarded her the Ordre National du Quebec, and she became an Officer of the Order of Canada.

She is the youngest of 14 children.

Due to her "sharp-looking" smile, Celine was known as "Vampire Queen" in high school.

She and her siblings sit on the board of Foundation Achille-Tanguay, an organization found by her mother which helps poor Quebec families toward self-sufficiency. Later, the name was changed to "Foundation Maman Dion."

She met her manager and future husband René Angelil when she was age 12 and he was age 38.

She is three months younger than her stepson.

She has her own magazine, Celine Dion Magazine.

She endorses a line of eyewear that is sold in Canada and Europe.

She loves to play golf.

She has over 500 pairs of shoes.

Her late husband was of Syrian/Lebanese ancestry.

Her husband mortgaged his house to fund Celine's first album when she was an unknown 12 year old.

Celine has won five Grammy Awards since 1992, including "Album of the Year" in 1996 for "Falling Into You" and "Record of the Year," for "My Heart Will Go On."

Estimated to have sold 220 million albums during her career, since 2006.

Has her own brand of perfume called "Celine Dion: Parfum".

Her lucky charm is a 1968 Canadian nickel because she found one in Japan before she went on stage to sing at the Yamaha song contest, which she won.

Her parents were both of French-Canadian ancestry. She and Madonna share the same French-Canadian heritage through a common ancestor, Zacharie Cloutier (c. 1590-1677).

Her niece died of Cystic Fibrosis in her arms.

She owns the golf club Le Mirage in Terrebonne, near Montreal.

She sings in English and in French, but she has also sang in Spanish, German and Japanese.

Celine holds a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for selling the most French-language album of all time. (The French Album), with over 6.4 million copies sold. The album went to #1 in England.

Although Celine does not consider herself a political person, she tearfully criticized U.S. President George W. Bush regarding the Iraq War and his slow response in aiding the victims of Hurricane Katrina., when she appeared on Larry King. (1985)

Celine has promoted the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since 1982.

Celine's favorite songs are: "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, "The Show Must Go On" by Queen. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" by Elton John. "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin. "Why?" by Annie Lennox. "It Was a Very Good Year" by Frank Sinatra. "Home" by Michael Buble, "Purple Rain" by Prince. "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder and "Riders on the Storm" by The Doors.

She received 11 standing ovations, when she performed her last show at Caesar's Palace on December 15, 2007.

She recorded a duet with Barbra Streisand titled "Tell Him."

At age 16, Celine sang "Une Coombe" (a well-known French song) for Pope John Paul II at the Montreal Olympic Stadium in front of 65,000 people. (This is probably what I saw on the news while visiting Canada, and the whole family hushed to hear the broadcast.)

Her mother is famous for her culinary talents.

She started a restaurant chain in Quebec called "Nickel," (1990) later on it was introduced in Ontario.

She was awarded her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 6, 2004.

She named her fraternal twin sons "Nelson" and "Eddy," in honor of Nelson Mandela and Eddy Marnay.

She was awarded her star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario in 1999.

The first record album Celine ever bought was Stevie Wonder's album "Talking Book."

Celine's Personal Quotes:

"I guess it all depends on your nature. Some people can't stand being alone. I love solitude and silence. But when I come out of it, I'm a regular talking machine. It's all or nothing for me.

"There's always a new thing happening to me that's even more extraordinary, so pressure gets harder. But I like it when it's hard. Anyone can do it when it's easy. When it's hard and you do it well, you're proud of yourself. There's going to be more pressure as the years go by, that's for sure. But I think I'm a hard worker and I'm ready for that. As long as I believe in what I'm doing, the pressure is okay with me."

"I'll be a Quebecker-Canadian. I'm from Quebec and every time I go to a country I say that. It's my roots, my origins and it's the most important thing to me." DITTO CUZ!!

"I'm not trying to be a nice girl, but it's me. I'm not afraid to be nice."

"I don't regret having lost my adolescence. I had one dream: I wanted to be a singer."

"I feel like I'm at the bottom of the ladder, finally. I started at the top. I came down. Maturity is being grounded. When you feel grounded, you feel strong. I know what I want."

"I love performing, but I never really liked show business."

Celine on plastic surgery: "Three or four years ago, I would have considered it, but not today. Some people have suggested that I have my chin done, but I'm a singer, and it could change my voice. I'm not a model whose survival depends on beauty. My job consists of putting the most emotions into my songs. It might be stupid thing to say, but when I look at my father, my mother and pictures of my grandparents, I am proud. I wouldn't like to change any of that. Just look at Barbra Streisand. Look at her nose. She is beautiful and she doesn't give a damn about what people think."

"I only record songs that touch me in some way, ones that I can relate to."

"I've always been an 'open book' when it comes to my fans. They are so loyal to me and give me such great support that I feel I want to share as much of my life with them as I can. They are part of this journey - a big part!"

Ryan Gosling

Ryan was born in 1980, and was home-schooled by his mother. (Did that once myself. Kudos to your mom, Ryan.) Ryan has an older sister. Some may remember Ryan Gosling from the TV series, "The Mickey Mouse Club," in which it is said that he beat out 17,000 other aspiring actors for a spot on the show. While working on this series Ryan lived with Justin Timberlake's family for about two years. Ryan moved to Los Angeles, CA when he was 16 years old.

Many know Ryan Gosling from Nicholas Sparks, "The Notebook" in 2004. After that movie Ryan Gosling was honored with being named one of the 50 Hottest Bachelors by People Magazine. He was also named the "Male Star of Tomorrow" at the 2004 Show West convention of movie exhibitors.

Some of the trademarks of the characters he plays are often quiet, and emotionally distant characters, which makes for his strong and dramatic performances. However, Ryan usually appears to be a very quiet and private person in real life. Ryan is also noticed for wearing wristwatches off and on screen. (LOL I used to wear watches much of the time (both of my parents are the same way. Until my ex-husband constantly had me buying new watch bands because he would, LITERALLY, rip the watch off of my wrist.) It just got too expensive to even bother wearing one. Now that I am divorced, I am back to wearing a watch now.)

Some Ryan Gosling Trivia (not already brought up):

Ryan is a jazz guitarist and started a band with a friend

Ryan was homeschooled as a child because of constant abuse from other students.

Ryan tends to get into relationships with his leading ladies (aka, Sandra Bullock 2002, Rachel McAdams 2005-2008, Michelle Williams 2010, and current girlfriend, Eva Mendez.)

Ryan, apparently, has some construction work talent as well. Ryan built the kitchen table featured in "The Notebook," to prepare for his role as Noah. (My grandfather, Lucien Roy, built his first set of kitchen chairs around the time he married my grandmother. Apparently, the men in this family are very good with their hands. Well, women to, I have a cousin who solely builds her own furniture.)

This is interesting. I knew that Rachel McAdams was also Canadian, but I never realized that she and Ryan were born in the same hospital. (Of course, Ryan is younger than Rachel.)

Ryan took his mother and sister to the Oscars in 2007. (So nice of him.)

Ryan was the first Canadian-born performer in over 60 years to be nominated for the best actor Oscar for "Half Nelson".

An article in GQ magazine stated that "Ryan was the only "Mickey Mouse Club" cast member that didn't live in the same complex as all the other cast members and their families. He and his family lived in a nearby trailer park and he was the family's only source of income." (This would surely keep an actor humble.)

Unlike many successful actors, Ryan has only a few close friends. He prefers solitude while not working.

Ryan was considered to play "Batman" in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016) before Ben Affleck was cast.

In March 2013 Ryan took an unspecified break from acting because he felt he lost perspective on what he was doing. (Seems timing was everything for more than just one of Mathurin and Marguerite Roy's Great x11 or 10 Grandchildren. I, myself, was in the process of renting a townhouse that not everyone was going to be staying in. A really disappointing time in my life. It is surprising that the timing of our issues were relatively the same.)

Ryan is now a 1st time father at 33, with girlfriend Eva Mendez. Eva and Ryan share a second daughter.

Ryan Gosling was mentioned in two movies in 2014: "Maps to the Stars" (2014) and "Birdman" or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" (2014).

Things that I have learned from Ryan's personal quotes:

Like most actors, Ryan also states that it is important that you do not limit yourself. Something interesting can come out of something that you're afraid of. In most cases, they say you need to get out of your comfort zone and just get out there and do what you want to do. In Ryan's case, being an actor has a shelf time, an expiration date. Therefore, in his own words, "I'm running in and just trying to grab as many characters as possible before they pull the plug on me."

Ryan states about his view on America: "It's nice to be around people that have a sense of the world around them, that are, in general, more conscious and conscientious. (I agree. Nothing sucks more than living with someone who is actually living a separate life from you. Someone that should be able to speak for you, but gives out the wrong medical information, and you sit there and ponder, "Where the heck did this person get that information? That's not MY medical history. I'm just saying, being more conscious and conscientious does not apply to EVERY American, it is an individual thing. I have witnessed my ex-husband not telling medical personnel the truth in my behalf, which was quite disappointing. In 8 years of marriage, he still didn't know me.)

Another quote that Ryan states surely hits home. "I think American news is pretty tragic. I can't tell the difference between Entertainment Tonight (1981) and the news. It's all about the ratings." (Which is what I mean on my hub about the media. Military cannot share plans for the military, for fear of the media spilling the beans. How does that keep people safe?)

"I've gotten more opportunities out of working on things I believed in than I ever did on things that weren't special to me."

Once, Ryan got a prescription from his doctor to 'do more comedy.' (ROFL Laughter is the best medicine.)

Due to the aging process "you can't act forever." Therefore, artists have to be creative and find other ways to express themselves. Hubpages could be that outlet for many people. (If only I could be given a snow day and have the time to learn more about Hubpages. Guess no snow days this year.)

"I can't tell you how many times people go, "Are you Ryan?" Then they take the picture and realize, in that moment, that I'm not Ryan Reynolds." (And you don't have to be. Just be you.) Ryan Gosling mentioned this at the 74th Golden Globe Awards when he accepted his award for Lala Land, January 8, 2017. CONGRATS!!!

February 26, 2017 Ryan Gosling lost the Oscar for Lead Actor (La la Land) to Casey Affleck, a rapist/sexual harasser, that settled the case out of court, during the rein of President Donald Trump. That is why Brie Larson, who had to present an award to Casey Affleck not once, but twice; refused to clap for him. It looked like an awkward moment for actress Brie Larson. You are still de man Ryan Gosling. Just keep doing what you do.


Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne was born in 1984. She became a household name when I lived with my children. We, (the kids, my brother and I) would sing along to her music.

Avril Lavigne created the Avril Lavigne Foundation in 2010. Their mission for Avril Lavigne Foundation R.O.C.K.S is providing Respect, Opportunity, Choices, Knowledge, and Strength in support of children and youth living with serious illnesses or disabilities. Avril Lavigne foundation partners with other charitable organizations to create programs, raise awareness and get support to youth living with a serious illness or disability.

The Avril Lavigne Foundation has worked with Easter Seals, which is a non-profit of services for individuals with autism, developmental and physical disabilities, as well as other needs. They assist children and adults living with these disabilities through therapy, training, education and support services. Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. This is just the route that I work in every day. I support people with disabilities by making sure that their staff (if they live in a group home) or family know of any medical issues that arise, and make sure that these clients get the healthcare that they need to hold a part time or full time job, depending on whether they collect partial or no disability. I support their training in their employment endeavors.

I see my Asperger's/ syndrome/Autism population, Cerebral Palsy population, Learning disability population, being successful, and that is amazing for these individuals. (Imagine someone with extensive Cerebral Palsy, who is in a wheelchair, and how excited they are when they give you back your movie ticket stub without having a spasm in their hand, due to their lack of muscle control.) Avril makes her stamp on the world in more than just her music. She does so much for others, an opportunity that has now opened up to me.

The causes that the Avril Lavigne Foundation has supported:

AIDS & HIV, Animals, At-risk/Disadvantaged Youths, Cancer, Children, Creative Arts, Disaster Relief, Education, Environment, Family/Parent Support, Health, Human Rights, Mental Challenges, Peace, Physical Challenges, Poverty, Unemployment/Career Support.

Avril appears to have won her battle with Lyme Disease. However, this has not stopped this young woman from helping others. Avril requested her fans to donate to her foundation on her birthday, so she can provide for the needs of those that desperately need it. These donations helped those that could not afford Lyme Disease treatment - get the treatment that they need.

That's what Avril does for her birthday every year. It goes to those that need the care that this money provides.


Justin Bieber

Yes, and Justin Bieber, born in 1994. I've worked with a child aging out of foster care, who tried to test the waters. I was glad to hear that you've let your mother back into your life. (I think I am out of luck to have that happen, me as a mother, that is. Best foot forward is my new motto. I am not walking backwards.) Either case, you do have an awesome voice. (I had a Bachelors in Social Work classmate who adored you.) In your earlier years, my daughters listened to your music. (I wouldn't know if they still do, anymore?) Children should really realize, "do I want my own children to treat me the way I treat my parents?" Maybe if more people questioned themselves there will be less communication issues. Of course, I have all questions and no answers. However, the fact that I question myself says more about me anyway.

Justin, Justin, should find someone to help work on your image. Personally, I do not see it as impossible. Those in the limelight have fans; and some that do not like you very much. However, your comment about Prince?!?!? WHY? That's why there is individuality. It comes with the Entertainment business territory.

If changing your image is something you want, you need to make it happen. IT HAS TO COME FROM YOU. Don't look back. Look forward, and leave deceased entertainers alone. You're lacking class boy. Be better than that.

Famous relatives on my mother's side

I am also related to quite a few famous people from my mother's side of the family; such as Saint Luke, Napoléon, Marie Antoinette, Prince Phillip, and Susan Sarandon. Also, Robert Goulet, as my maternal grandmother's mother's maiden name was Goulet, and Loretta Young.

Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon

I am sure that everyone knows Susan Sarandon as Janet from the cult classic film, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," where she spent the majority of the show acting in her underwear. Janet! Dr. Scott! Brad! Rocky! (LOL) Susan Sarandon was born in 1946, the oldest of 9 children. She was born the same year as my father. In fact, they share a zodiac sign. Susan Sarandon is 13 days older than my father. Susan Sarandon's net worth is about $50 million.

Susan Sarandon earned her first Academy Award nomination for Atlantic City (1980). Her career picked up steam that decade with "The Witches of Eastwick" and "Bull Durham." In "The Witches of Eastwick," she played a woman who was seduced by the devil, who was played by Jack Nicholson. In "Bull Durham," Susan played a baseball groupie who becomes involved with one of the baseball players, who was played by Tim Robbins, in which Susan shares two sons.

In 1991, Susan Sarandon made one of her most memorable films, "Thelma and Louise" with actress Geena Davis, which centered on the famous friendship between two women on a road trip gone wrong, which also brought her another Academy Award nomination. She was also nominated for "Lorenzo's Oil" (92), and "The Client" (94). She finally won her first Academy Award for her performance in "Dead Man Walking" (95).

In her most recent work, Susan took to the stage to appear in a revival of Eugene Lonesco's Exit the King, playing Queen Marguerite. Back on the big screen, she took on a supporting role in "The Lovely Bones" (2009), as well as additional roles in various films and TV series, including "The Big C" (2012), "Arbitrage" (2012) and "Cloud Atlas" (2012).

Susan Sarandon is also a LGBT advocate, and speaks out about her support of "The Trevor Project," which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBT youth. (Another one that also does the social work walk.)

Susan Sarandon is not afraid to set up new rules for herself, as she is the type of person that has dated men half her age. Kudos to fun, I guess. I prefer quality not quantity myself. Susan Sarandon is also the new face for L'Oréal Paris. "The French beauty giant has tapped the 69-year-old actress as its newest international spokeswoman."

Robert Goulet
Robert Goulet

Robert Goulet

Robert Goulet was an American singer and actor of French-Canadian ancestry, who died in 2007. He was cast as Sir Lancelot and originated the role in the 1960's Broadway musical Camelot starring opposite Richard Burton and Julie Andrews. "If Ever I Would Leave You" became his signature song. His debut in Camelot began his award-winning stage, screen and recording career. Robert Goulet's vocal performances have involved every medium of the entertainment world, a Grammy, Tony and an Emmy award winner. His career spanned almost six decades. Robert Goulet is considered to be one of the greatest baritones of all time, and the most prominent musical stars of the second half of the 20th century.

Goulet has performed at the White House for three Presidents, as well as for Queen Elizabeth II. Robert Goulet died while waiting for a lung transplant. Robert Goulet had a daughter and two sons.

I like this picture of Georgiana and Loretta Young, simply because they remind me of my own daughters. Despite their huge age difference.
I like this picture of Georgiana and Loretta Young, simply because they remind me of my own daughters. Despite their huge age difference.
Loretta Young
Loretta Young

Loretta Young

Loretta Young was a child actor and became one of Hollywood's leading ladies in the 30s and 40s, making about 100 films with A-list leading men like Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Tyrone Power. She won an Oscar and Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The Farmer's Daughter, and one of the first female stars to make a six figure salary. In 1953, Young retired from film, and never returned to the big screen again. Young produced and starred in her own television series, "The Loretta Young Show," which ran for eight seasons, making Young one of the first major Hollywood stars to build a successful career in television. Young was the first actress to win both an Oscar and an Emmy.

Young was married to television producer Thomas H.A. Lewis for 29 years, with whom she had two sons.

In 1994, Young's daughter, Judy Lewis, who had been publicly presented since the 30s as Young's adopted child, who had taken Young's husband's name, later claimed in her autobiography, Uncommon Knowledge, that Judy Lewis was actually the daughter of Loretta Young and Clark Gable. Judy Lewis had claimed she was conceived during the making of "The Call of the Wild," in which Young and Gable co-starred. Loretta Young refused to confirm or deny her daughter's claim during her lifetime, and mother and daughter were estranged for several months. In Young's biography, published after her death, Young eventually admitted in an interview with the book's author that Gable was indeed the father of Judy Lewis. Apparently, Loretta claimed a date rape situation with Clark Gable and lots of work went into Loretta hiding the pregnancy, then making it look like she adopted Judy, when in fact, Judy was Loretta Young's biological daughter. We have to remember that this was in the early to mid 1900s. Things were different back then.

By 1963 Loretta left show business and devoted her time to Catholic charities, another social worker in the making. Young returned to do a few television movies in the late 80s. Later, Young made public appearances in support of her favorite charities. Young's third husband was Oscar-winning costume designer Jean Louis, who died in 1997. Young later died of ovarian cancer in August 2000.

In Conclusion

What do Celine Dion, Ryan Gosling, Avril Lavigne and Justin Bieber have in common? They all started their careers under the age of 20. They are all relatively considered child stars. It really amazes me the majority of them have handled their fame with a level head, and they all try to give back in some way, shape or form. They are also all great-great-great.....grandchildren to Mathurin and Marguerite Roy, as am I. We are all unique - but we come from something similar. I have always been a proud Canuck by Nationality, or I would not have started my journey into genealogy when I was in the 8th grade. This family tree just gives me more reasons to be a proud Canuck.

Kudos to you all!!! I hope some day to meet many more from, this, our Roy family tree.

Susan Sarandon, Robert Goulet, and Loretta Young - we all come from a line connected to my own mother. I know that both Susan Sarandon and Robert Goulet can sing, not sure about Loretta Young? Although, Loretta Young is one of the first women to receive a six figure salary. Another interesting thing is that all three of these actors had three children. A girl and two boys. Amazing coincidences.


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