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Full Name Candace Cameron Bure
Age 47 years old
Birthday April 6, 1976
Net Worth $14 million
Social Media Instagram

Candace Cameron Bure first won over television audiences as a child star on Full House. Today, she remains one of America‘s most cherished celebrities. Here‘s an in-depth look at her early days in Hollywood, family life, projects over the years, and what makes her so universally adored.

Showbiz Runs in the Family

Born on April 6, 1976 in Panorama City, Los Angeles, Candace comes from an entertainment family. Her parents allowed she and brother Kirk Cameron to enter the industry as kids. She landed her first big role as Sarah Webber on General Hospital in 1982 at just age 6.

Candace recalled her soap opera days fondly, "I had a blast on that show and learned so much from the actors there." Even then, she impressed co-stars with her natural talent and work ethic.

Winning Over Millions as D.J. Tanner

In 1987, Candace was cast as Donna Jo "D.J." Tanner on ABC‘s Full House. As the eldest daughter on the beloved sitcom, she grew up before viewer‘s eyes alongside co-stars like John Stamos and Jodie Sweetin.

Full House creator Jeff Franklin knew right away he had found something special in Candace, saying:

"We searched for months to find the right actress to play D.J. When Candace walked in the room, we knew we had found her. She had a maturity, heart and talent far beyond her years."

The show ended up spanning 8 seasons and 193 episodes. Today, it remains one of the most syndicated family sitcoms of all time. Candace‘s character D.J. Tanner became a role model for young girls everywhere.

Key Full House Facts

  • First episode aired on September 22, 1987
  • Final episode aired on May 23, 1995
  • Won 4 Young Artist Awards, 3 Kids‘ Choice Awards

Transitioning to Adult Roles

After Full House wrapped, Candace wanted to take on more mature roles. She starred in TV movies like No One Would Tell (1996), a cautionary tale about teen dating violence. Candace was praised for her emotional performance and the film was nominated for a Humanitas Prize.

Other notable 90s projects included Cybill, Boy Meets World, and the thriller The Stranger Beside Me. Candace relished the opportunity to showcase her versatility beyond family-friendly content.

Balancing Hollywood and Family

Candace met hockey star Valeri Bure through her Full House costar Dave Coulier in 1994. The couple wed on June 22, 1996 and are still happily married over 25 years later. They have 3 children together: Natasha, Lev, and Maksim.

Even at the height of her fame, Candace made sure family came first, telling Good Housekeeping:

"I’ve decided that my family is my priority over my career. It’s not easy juggling everything but overall I think I do a pretty good job."

Fans admire the close bond she maintains with her husband and kids despite her busy schedule. She frequently gushes about them on social media and brings them to events.

Candace on Family

  • "My family is my #1 priority."
  • "Date nights with my hubby are essential."
  • "Traveling and making memories with my kids is the best."

Return to Acting

Candace returned to regular television work in the 2000s, starring in movies for networks like Disney, Hallmark, and GMC. She also appeared in shows like Make It or Break It, The Middle, and Treehouse Masters.

In 2014, Candace reunited with former Full House castmates for a spin-off called Fuller House on Netflix. She has reprised her role as D.J. Tanner-Fuller for 5 seasons alongside Andrea Barber and Jodie Sweetin. The reboot has proven hugely successful, appealing to nostalgic fans of the original.

Candace has also become a holiday movie staple on the Hallmark channel. Some of her most popular titles include A Christmas Detour, Switched for Christmas, and The Heart of Christmas.

An Advocate for Healthy Living

As an author, Candace has focused on books about faith, fitness, and healthy living for women and teens. After giving birth to her 3 kids, she worked hard to get back in shape and wanted to inspire busy moms to make self-care a priority.

Her titles include Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness (2010) and Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose (2014). Through her writing and public persona, she advocates for women balancing their roles as mothers, wives and professionals.

Candace on Health and Wellness

  • "Taking care of your mental and physical health is just as important as caring for your family."
  • "We all need to tune out distractions and make time for ourselves."
  • "Small daily habits like gratitude and exercise keep me balanced."

Outpouring of Love from Fans

Given her decades in the spotlight, it‘s no surprise Candace has amassed an enormous fanbase. She makes sure to stay connected with them through media appearances, interviews, book signings, and products like her clothing line.

When asked about her loyal fans, Candace said:

"It means everything to me. I‘m so grateful for the love and support after all these years."

She frequently hears from grown-up Full House fans who grew up watching her on the show. They credit both D.J. Tanner and Candace herself with giving them a positive role model.

Candace Cameron Bure has undoubtedly left her mark on pop culture. She‘s evolved from child star to power player in Hollywood over nearly 40 years in the business. With her next act, she continues to thrive across entertainment while spreading positivity, humor, and family values.