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Child Actor Gone Right: Spotlight on Candace Cameron Bure

April 16, 2014

Dancing with the Stars 2014 cast member Candace Cameron Bure tweets: “The show starts on the east coast in 30 minutes! Don't forget to vote!! Thanks so much for helping me!” Her fans show their love for her with thousands of votes; clearly an example of a child actor gone right!

Born April 6, 1976 in Panorama City, California, to parents Robert and Barbara Cameron as Cameron Helaine Cameron, she pursued acting at an early in her childhood, following in the footsteps of older brother Kirk Cameron.

An Early Break
Candace began at age 5 in a number of television commercials, and soon landed guest roles on Growing Pains, Who’s the Boss, and St. Elsewhere. At the age of only 9, she appeared on the sitcom Punky Brewster, followed by a role as the youngest sister in the teen comedy Some Kind of Wonderful. (1987)

From Sitcoms to Drama

In the same year, at age 10, she joined the role of the oldest daughter in the ensemble cast of the sitcom Full House, as Donna Jo “D.J.” Tanner. She grew up in front of the America, playing the role for eight seasons, from 1987 to 1995. Candace won many awards during the course of the show, including being selected as Favorite Television Actress at the Kids’ Choice Awards.

She also appeared in numerous lead roles in TV movies, portraying an abused teenage in the critically acclaimed No One Would Tell and a college date-rape victim in She Cried No.

Family Life for Candace

Marrying Russian NHL hockey player Valeri Bure in 1996, she dove head-first into family life. Together they have 3 children, daughter Natasha, and sons Lev and Maksim. She took a 10 year break from acting, returning in Disney’s That’s So Raven, and appearing as guest host on daytime shows The View and The Talk.

Candace was tapped for lead roles in several Made For Television movies. She was cast in the Hallmark Original Movie, Moonlight & Mistletoe which rated as the #3 all-time most viewed original release for the Hallmark Network. She completed a three-year stint as Summer Van Horn on Make It Or Break It on ABC Family Network.

On Big Screen and Small, and now in Print

She is also the author of two books: Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness, published January, 2011, a New York Times bestseller. In January, 2014, Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose, was published. Candace now takes her commitment to helping Moms to balance it all extends to her Balancing It All Competition, offering a grand prize of a weekend getaway.

In 2011, Candace became a part of Walmart and P&G’s Family Movie Night starring in TV movie Truth Be Told co-starring David James Elliot and stood out in the Emmy-nominated The Heart of Christmas. Her most recent Hallmark Original Movie, Puppy Love, is part of Hallmark Channel’s Pet Project which serves to save the lives of millions of shelter pets.

Candace shows her philanthropic side by supporting charitable organizations including Compassion International, Skip1.org She acts as the National Ambassador for National House of Hope and travels the country to speak at women’s conferences and churches.
Candace Cameron Bure
Dancing With The Stars