Candace Cameron Bure is an American actress who is best known for her role as DJ Tanner on the sitcom ‘Full House’. A multi-talented personality, Bure has donned various hats in her short career span, as an actor, producer, author and talk show panellist. Candace’s fate in performing arts was sealed, given the fact that her elder brother Kirk Cameron was already an established star actor. Following the footsteps of her brother, Candace too joined the entertainment industry. In the early struggling period, she appeared in a number of television commercials and guest roles. It was in 1987 that her career graph took the big leap with the sitcom ‘Full House’. Her performance as DJ Tanner earned her rave reviews and appreciation and also brought her to spotlight. She also bagged a role in the film ‘Punchline’. In 2014, Candace appeared as a contestant in the reality show ‘Dancing With the Stars’. She finished it at the third spot. She also played lead role of Summer van Horne on ‘Make It or Break It’. Currently, Cameron stars in the Netflix spin-off ‘Fuller House’ reprising her role as DJ Tanner.
Childhood & Early Life
Candace Cameron Bure was born as Candace Helaine Cameron April 6, 1976 in Panaroma City, Los Angeles, California, to Robert and Barbara Cameron. While her father worked as a gym teacher, her mother was employed as a talent manager. She has an elder brother, Kirk Cameron who is an actor.
With her brother already in the field of entertainment, it was natural for Candace to follow suit. At the age of five, she started her journey as an actor. Her first pit stop was appearing in a number of television commercials.
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Candace Cameron Bure made several guest appearances early on in her career in television series including ‘St. Elsewhere’, ‘Growing Pains’, and ‘Who's the Boss?’. She also starred in the sitcom ‘Punky Brewster’ and teen comedy ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’.
In 1987, she bagged the role of Donna Jo ‘DJ’ Tanner the oldest daughter in the coming-of-age sitcom on ABC ‘Full House’. The series was a major hit and lasted for eight seasons and 192 episodes finally ending in 1995. Candace remained a member of the ensemble cast during the entire run.
During her ‘Full House’ years, Candace featured in a number of made-for-TV movies such as ‘No One Would Tell’, ‘She Cried No’, ‘NightScream’ and ‘Camp Cucamonga’. Meanwhile, she made her debut for the big screen with the feature film ‘Punchline’.
In 1990, she hosted the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards with Dave Coulier and David Faustino. She was offered the job yet again in 1994 thus becoming the first person to host the awards twice or more.
Following the end of the ABC sitcom ‘Full House’, Candace guest starred on television series ‘Cybill’ and ‘Boy Meets World’. In 1996, she married and later had three children. After the birth of her children, she took a break from television and film to devote her time to her family.
In early 2000s, she made several appearances here and there. She was one of the interviewees on ‘I Love 80s’ and ‘I Love the 80s Strikes Back’. She also co-hosted ‘50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up’ on the E! Network.
Following a couple of guest roles in the television series ‘That’s So Raven’ and ‘The Wager’, she starred in the television film ‘Moonlight and Mistletoe’ for the Hallmark Channel in 2008. A year later, she returned to mainstream acting with the television series ‘Make It or Break It’. The series ended in 2012.
In 2014, she took part in the celebrity dance reality show ‘Dancing With the Stars’ with choreographer Mark Dallas. Her dancing skills were lauded on the show as she ended as second runner up behind Amy Purdy and Meryl Davis.
In 2015, she announced that she would reprise her role of Donna ‘DJ’ Tanner for the Netflix spin-off of the television series ‘Full House’. Titled ‘Fuller House’, the show was major hit and was picked up for a second season. In addition to the spin-off, she co-hosted season 19 and 20 of the show ‘The View’.
Apart from working as an actor, Bure is an author as well. She has written three books till date including the 2011 New York Times bestseller ‘Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness’, the 2014 ‘Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose’ and the 2015 ‘Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction’.
The magnum opus of Candace Cameron Bure’s career came in 1987 when she bagged an important role of Donna Jo ‘DJ’ Tanner (the oldest daughter) in the coming-of-age ABC sitcom ‘Full House’. She was lauded for her portrayal of the character of DJ Tanner. The series met with superlative success. In its eight years of run, it became one the most successful series of all time, lasting for 192 episodes. Such was reception of the series that a spin-off was released in 2016 under the title ‘Fuller House’. Candace reprised her role of DJ Tanner for the spin-off series.
Awards & Achievements
Over the years, Candace Cameron Bure has been nominated several times in various categories for her excellent role play in ‘Full House’ but she received the award once in 1994 for Favorite Television Actress by Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
In 2016, she won the Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Actress Comedy for ‘Fuller House’.
Personal Life & Legacy
Candace Cameron Bure first met her future husband Russian NHL hockey player Valeri Bure at a charity hockey game. She was introduced to him by her Full House co-star Dave Coulier. The two hit it off almost instantly and finally walked the aisle on June 22, 1996. The couple has been blessed with three children, daughter Natasha in 1998, and sons Lev in 2000 and Maksim in 2002.
Their daughter Natasha Bure caught the eyeballs when she took part in season 11 of The Voice as part of Team Adam Levine. She was eliminated in the Battle Round on October 10, 2016.
Early in her twenties, Candace suffered from the eating disorder bulimia nervosa.