Shania Twain was born as Eilleen Regina Edwards in 1965, the middle
of three daughters to Clarence and Sharon Edwards (sister Jill is
two years older and Carrie-Ann three years younger). When she was
six, her mother remarried Jerry Twain, a full-blooded Ojibwa native
from Timmins, Ontario, who adopted her as his own, making her 50%
native in the eyes of the law. She started out singing in bars as a
child after hours, and at 13, appeared on "The Tommy Hunter Show".
At 22, her parents were killed in an accident, and she became the
legal guardian of her half-brothers (Mark, then 13, and Darryl,
then 14) and sister, putting her musical career on hold to raise
her family. In 1991 she changed her name to Shania (meaning "I'm on
my way" in Ojibwa, it was the name of a co-worker), and signed a
contract with Mercury Nashville that same year. Her first album
went by without notice, but her second album (produced with Mutt
Lange, who she wed in 1993) broke world records with it's ast!
Biography courtesy of the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com).