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Profiles of Celine Dion, Enrique Iglesias, Moby

Aired May 18, 2002 - 11:00   ET


ANNOUNCER: Next on PEOPLE IN THE NEWS, she's the diva who disappeared at the pinnacle of her career. Now, after a two-year retirement, she is back with a brand new album and a whole new attitude.


CELINE DION, SINGER: I had to take those two years. I had met life for the first time.


ANNOUNCER: From humble beginnings to 140 million albums sold all under the watchful eye of the manager she met when she was 12 years old.


MIA DUMONT, FRIEND: I suspected that she was in love with him.


ANNOUNCER: Now, she's balancing marriage, motherhood and the rebirth of her career. A new day has come for Celine Dion.

Then, he is the Latin pop sensation who grew up in the shadow of a famous father.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You want to know that your accomplishments belong to you and not because you have the same name as say, world famous, world international pop superstar.


ANNOUNCER: He's an international sex symbol now, but he hasn't always been so hot.


ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, SINGER: I couldn't even get a date to the prom once.


ANNOUNCER: Sizzling sensation, Enrique Iglesias. Plus, he's the world class DJ who has brought mixing to the mainstream.


MOBY, MUSICIAN: I really only aspired to make music that I love.


ANNOUNCER: You've heard his electronic sounds on TV ads. The newfound commercial success of Moby. Their stories and more now on PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.

PAULA ZAHN, HOST: Welcome to PEOPLE IN THE NEWS. I'm Paula Zahn. As divas go, Celine Dion is one of a kind. She has all the trappings of a mega-superstar, to be sure, but seemingly none of the baggage. And that may be what allowed her to walk away from it all.

Two years ago, Celine stepped out of the spotlight to focus on her private life. It was supposed to be a quiet time. It was anything but. Now, Celine is back with a new album and a new outlook reflecting everything she's come through. Here's Charles Molineaux.


CHARLES MOLINEAUX, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Twenty years in the business, five Grammies, 120 million albums sold, an estimated $200 million in the bank. By 1999, Celine Dion was the queen of the world. So why at the height of her popularity, at the pinnacle of her career, did she walk away?

DION: It was a must. I had to take those two years. I have met life for the first time.

MOLINEAUX: Disappearing from the public eye on January 1, 2000, she would face two of the most challenging years of her life.

PETER CASTRO, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: Taking time off to have a baby, start a family, take care of Rene who is, you know, battling cancer, going through in-vitro fertilization. I mean it was sort of like a soap opera like, her last two years. It was sort of like, you know, "As Celine's World Turns."

MOLINEAUX: And now, she's back.

DION: I was waiting for so long.

MOLINEAUX: This past March, Celine returned to the spotlight with a number one album and a brand new attitude.

DION: The first step, first tooth, a nightmare, an earache, "Mommy" -- that's important. So if I can do both, making a new difference in my son's life, in my husband's life, and sing a couple of songs in between that, I can't be happier. MOLINEAUX: Celine Dion debuted on March 30, 1968 in the tiny village of Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. Within minutes of leaving Le Gardeur Hospital, she was surrounded by her first audience, 13 brothers and sisters, but her mother Therese, age 41, was less than thrilled by number 14.

DUMONT: She didn't want any more children because she figured out she had enough. And she went to see the priest and he said, "You can't do that. You have such -- you're such a good person. You can't do that." Do you know how happy she is now that she went away with the kid?

MOLINEAUX: Celine's father, Adehmar, worked as a butcher and supported the family of 16 on $165 a week.

DUMONT: And since they didn't have any money, he used to walk to work because he would save ten cents each day by not taking the bus.

MOLINEAUX: The Dion family home now houses an aluminum siding business in Charlemagne, but during Celine's childhood, it housed only fond memories.

DION: My mother was always home. We're 14 children. We couldn't have like put the toast in the toaster two toasts at a time, so she took like the oven. She opened it. She put lots of toasts. These toasts were the best toasts of my life. Today, I can have room service with croissants filled up with chocolate and it's not great.

CASTRO: Fourteen kids, five kids sharing one bed. The girls had to share, you know, small bedrooms as well. And dinnertime was always an adventure because they would have dinner and then, they would flip the plates over and have dessert on that side of the plate just to minimize all the -- you know, the dish washing chores.

MOLINEAUX: Despite circumstances, the family thrived on music and each other. By two, Celine was singing for her family on the dining room table. By five, brother Michel asked her to sing at his wedding.

DION: When I started to feel the love and the warmth of the audience it got me. I said to myself, really this is what I want to do all my life. I want to be a singer.

MOLINEAUX: That dream became a reality in 1980. Celine's mother wrote a song for her 12-year-old. The title, appropriately enough, "It Was Only a Dream."

CASTRO: They did a demo, and the brother sent it to Rene Angelil, who was at the time a fledgling producer in Canada. They called in Celine and it was -- she was really awkward. She was 12 years old, not a very attractive little girl. According to Rene himself, had these big teeth, this bad hair. And she auditioned in front of him.

RENE ANGELIL, MANAGER AND HUSBAND: So she says, "I need a microphone. You know, usually, I sing with a microphone." So I said, "Hey, take this pencil, and make like it's a microphone." So she said, "OK." And in this small office, she started singing. She was another person. It really shook me up. It's -- you hear a voice like that like every 10, 20 years, an artist comes out in the world.

GEORGE-HERBERT GERMAIN, BIOGRAPHER: From that very moment they were together for their life.

MOLINEAUX: Promising the Dions he could make their 12-year-old a star, 38-year-old Rene Angelil worked fast and furiously. First, mortgaging his home at 2018 Victoire Street to pay for her debut album, next, hiring a publicist to work on Celine's image.

DUMONT: I remember the first record we said, "OK, how do we present this to the press?" You know, she was not attractive.

MOLINEAUX: Mia Dumont would arrange a luncheon for the Canadian press to meet Celine.

DUMONT: And we must have been right because the next day the front page of the big newspapers were saying, "A Star is Born" and we were so happy.

MOLINEAUX: Her voice would take her to Tokyo in 1982, winning the gold medal at the Yamaha World Song Festival. And by the time she returned to Canada, she was a household name.

DION: Oh, Canada, glorious and free.

MOLINEAUX: With schoolwork falling to the wayside, Celine dropped out of St. Jude Middle School at the end of eighth grade. And with studies behind her, Rene and Celine headed to France. The manager had big dreams for his young protege -- an international career.

In the coming years, Celine would become a major name in France. And as her career blossomed, so would her feelings for the much older manager.

GERMAIN: She fell in love with him long before he knew and maybe long before she knew she was in love with him.

DUMONT: I suspected that she was in love with him.

CASTRO: Rene was everything for Celine at that time. He was a protector, her knight in shining armor, a father figure, a manger, a Svengali. It's no surprise that she fell in love with him.

DION: Where does my heart beat now? (END VIDEOTAPE)

MOLINEAUX: And America would soon fall in love with her breakthrough single. When our story continues, Celine sets her sights on the U.S. pop market and her recently divorced manager.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) GERMAIN: When she worked with Mia and other friends on her new look, it was to have a new look as an artist, but I think it was to seduce Rene Angelil.


ANNOUNCER: Also ahead, sizzling songs and sex appeal, but this Latin sensation is more than just a pretty face.


IGLESIAS: I just started to write songs when I was 13, 14.


ANNOUNCER: Enrique Iglesias later on PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.




MOLINEAUX: By 1985, 17-year-old Celine Dion was a major star in Canada and France, but manager, Rene Angelil, had even bigger ideas for his young protege -- the United States. Taking her off the market for 18 months, he would begin a full-scale transformation.

CASTRO: She had these enormous incisors, you know, like a saber tooth tiger.

GERMAIN: People here would laugh at her and call her Dracula.

CASTRO: It didn't stop at better hair and capping her teeth and better clothes; it was also "Celine take Berlitz English courses."

DION: I cut my hair. I had my hair cut, sorry. And I sing -- now, I can sing pop music. So it's different, but I'm the same person. I'm Celine Dion and I'm the same artist.

MOLINEAUX: Not yet ready for the U.S. market, the 19-year-old debuted her new look and sound with 1987's French album "Incognito". The music video Lolita stunned her fans.

DUMONT: All of a sudden, she had this body, these legs from here to there and she was beautiful. People could see that she was beautiful.

MOLINEAUX: And in love. While on tour, Celine's mother made an unlikely discovery while sharing a hotel room with her daughter.

GERMAIN: She slept with Rene's photograph under her pillow or under her cheek. And she woke up. The picture was on the mattress and her mother was gone.

MOLINEAUX: One year later at the prestigious Eurovision contest in Dublin, Celine would take home the top prize. Rene, now 45, and divorced from his second wife would share more than a congratulatory hug.

ANGELIL: At night, you know, when you kiss good night, always kiss on the cheek. And on that night, I made like a little stop right here and...

DION: A little stop.

ANGELIL: ... and everything changed.

MOLINEAUX: Within months, Rene would begin negotiations for Celine's first English album.

THOMAS D. MOTTOLA, CHAIRMAN AND CEO, SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT: She was brought down from Canada, by the head of our Canadian company at the time. You know, initially from what I heard, there were no limitations on what could happen.

MOLINEAUX: For Celine Dion, the dream her mother had written about so long ago was about to become reality.

DION: Dreams to believe to in.

VITO LUPRANO, SENIOR V.P, A&R, SONY MUSIC CANADA: I remember introducing a song to them called "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" which was kind of a rock song. And when they first heard it, they said, "OK, Vito, are you OK?"

MOLINEAUX: "Unison," Celine's debut English album arrived in the U.S. September 1990.

DION: Where does my heart beat now?

MOLINEAUX: "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" became the breakthrough single.

DION: The first video I've done, I remember, I think cost like $25,000. "Where Does My Heart Beat Now?" It was in a theater. I was performing that night. I think there were two cameras.

LUPRANO: I actually helped direct, with this other guy, you know, but they don't even know this.

DION: If you asked me to...

MOLINEAUX: With a bigger music video budget, "If You Asked Me To" hit the top 40 just as the new album, "Celine Dion," hit the stores in 1992. It produced four chart toppers, including a Disney theme song that nearly got away.

While in the studio recording her sophomore title, Celine had been invited to sing the theme song to Steven Spielberg's animated film "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West."

LUPRANO: Then, all of a sudden, we get a phone call from the film company saying that, there's a problem. We love what she did, and everyone loves it, but the original singer wants to sing the song.

MOLINEAUX: Linda Ronstadt would take over, leaving Celine and Rene broken hearted.

LUPRANO: All of the sudden, he gets a phone call, there's a new movie being done by Disney, and the name is "Beauty and The Beast."

DION: Tale as old as time.

LUPRANO: And that was our key to America, at that point, "Beauty and The Beast" was the -- our first real hit in America.

MOLINEAUX: The duet with Peabo Bryson garnered an Academy Award and a Grammy. The 24-year-old was stunned.

DION: Sincerely, I didn't expect to win at all. I think it's one of the most beautiful songs. It's a classic. And at 24 years old, to be part of a classic, it's fabulous and I hope it's going to follow me for the rest of my life.

DION: When I give my heart...

MOLINEAUX: What followed was yet another string of hits -- 1993's "The Color of My Love" produced Celine's second movie theme song, "When I Fall in Love" from the motion picture "Sleepless in Seattle." And her first number one single, "The Power of Love."

DAVID FOSTER, PRODUCER, "THE POWER OF LOVE": It's an extraordinary record and it holds up today. You play that record tonight, it sounds just as good as it did 10 years ago.

DION: Whenever you reach for me...

LURPANO: We all felt, you know, what, age -- God, this is a perfect song. Celine, it's what she's all about. She's in love with this man, you know.

MOLINEAUX: But her fans did not know. Having kept their relationship a secret for five years, the 51-year-old manager and the 25-year-old pop star made a decision, leaving a message within the liner notes for all to see.

DION: I wrote a note behind my album and I said, "Rene, I can't keep this secret inside of me anymore. It's getting too powerful. Let me paint a truth and show how I feel. Rene, you're the color of my love."

MOLINEAUX: Fans were anything but upset. And on December 17, 1994, they would line the streets of Montreal hoping for a glimpse of Celine and Rene as they arrived at the cathedral on their wedding day.

MOTTOLA: The wedding was like Charles and Diana getting married. It was regal. It was royal. It was like a fairyland. You know, it was a fairy tale.

MOLINEAUX: And at the helm of this event, Celine's friend and former publicist Mia Dumont.

DUMONT: I have no child and it's as if I married my girl. The mother told me that the night before the wedding, she said, "I had 14 kids, and you're marrying my princess." It was such a privilege, and it was so much fun because I had carte blanche.

I said to her, "What do you want?" She said, "I want something I'll remember all my life." So I did something that I hope she will remember all her life, a fairy tale wedding. That was a fairy tale wedding.

MOLINEAUX: After the honeymoon, the hits just kept rolling in.

LUPRANO: When she did "All By Myself," oh, all of the sudden she decides to do a long note. I just went, what the hell happened there, you know.

MOLINEAUX: Two Grammies later and 27 million albums sold, Celine Dion was now a bona-fide superstar and while performing her hit, "Because You Loved Me" on tour, her fans let her know.


MOLINEAUX: The spotlight, however, would take its toll. Coming up, two years of "Titanic" frenzy force Celine to take a break and take care of her husband as he battles for his life.


CASTRO: It was a terrifying time. They didn't know whether or not he was going to live or die.


ZAHN: Celine Dion's life changes forever when we return, but first, here is this week's passages.


ANNOUNCER: What he calls the longest post-production schedule of his career, filmmaker extraordinaire, Steven Spielberg, will get his college diploma this month. The director will get his bachelor's degree in film from California State University at Long Beach more than 30 years after dropping out. Having directed blockbusters "Jaws," "E.T.," and "Saving Private Ryan," the new grad shouldn't have to worry about job security.

Given his past history, John Wayne Bobbit should start sleeping with one eye open. The guy known for losing his manhood to ex-wife Lorraina was arrested in Las Vegas Monday for allegedly beating his new wife. Reports say that the disputer was over Bobbit's scheduled appearance to fight Joey Bottifuco on FOX's Celebrity Boxing II. He has since been cut from the show. Bobbit's slot will be filled by former WWF wrestling fav, Joani Chyna Lowe (ph).

For more knock out celebrity news, pick up a copy of "People" magazine this week. We'll be right back.



MOLINEAUX: When the movie "Titanic" opened in December 1997 Celine Dion's ship would finally come in. Not only would Leo be on the lips of teens everywhere, so would Celine and her song.


MOLINEAUX: Interestingly enough, director James Cameron had not wanted a love song in his epic. James Horner, who was scoring the film's soundtrack, had approached Celine on his own.

LUPRANO: He's a great composer. He's a terrible pianist and he's a terrible singer. And he knows that and we laugh about it. So he starts playing this song, and he's singing it to them, and Celine is going, what the hell is this, you know? She looks at Rene and goes, "I don't like it."

MOLINEAUX: But Rene Angelil, Celine's husband and manager had a hunch, record a demo.

MOTTOLA: So then she did just one take. We sat there. We all had goose bumps. And we were, we had tears in our eyes. Everyone walked out of there knowing something really special had happened and you know, the rest is history.

MOLINEAUX: That one-take demo would be the version heard on the single. The "Titanic" soundtrack would become the biggest seller of all time. And Celine's fifth album, "Let's Talk About Love" would sell nearly 30 million albums; garner two Grammies, and one Academy Award for best song.

DION: I'm the lucky girl tonight. So I'm walking this red carpet. I'm going to party. I don't want to go to bed. I want to wear the necklace as long as I can.

MOLINEAUX: Celine not only wore the necklace, she would wear the crown as reining pop diva in the coming year. But by 1999, Celine began to tire of the schedule and spotlight.

DION: I don't want people to be tired of seeing me or hearing me. You want to be there for a long time and what do you want me to do after the "Titanic?"

MOLINEAUX: Celine and Rene began to plan a self-imposed two-year hiatus, an exit as the new millennium began -- travel, golf, a baby were on the ticket.

But their plans would soon take a drastic turn. Just months after the announcement, in March, while on a plane to Texas, Celine noticed a lump on her husband's neck.

DION: And I said, "Let me press that." I said, "Does it hurt?" He said, "no." I said, "Let me touch the other side." And I was expecting a bump on the other side, like a sore throat or something. I said, "It doesn't hurt?" And I said, "Don't worry about it. Let's wait until tomorrow."

MOLINEAUX: The lump turned out to be cancer. Angelil would immediately begin radiation therapy and Celine, for the first time, would take care of the man who for so long had watched over her.

CASTRO: She went with him on all 38 visits to have the radiation treatments. And the one day that he tried to sneak out of the house without her, she really let him have it.

DION: It changed our lives. It changed his. It changed mine. We stopped planning the future. We live one day at a time. Everything is so intense. I never thought I could love him more. I don't think he could -- I don't think he thought he could love me more.

MOLINEAUX: And at the end of the year, on December 31, Celine would say goodbye to the spotlight. Her final concert the culmination of 20 years in the business, a bittersweet night dedicated to her husband.

She would kiss Rene at the stroke of midnight with tears in her eyes and one five-minute standing ovation later, she waved goodbye and was gone.

MOTTOLA: This is a great love story. If anybody ever wanted to make a movie, forget the fact that she's a great singer -- if you just wanted to make a movie about a great love story, this is Rene and Celine.

MOLINEAUX: Five days later in Las Vegas, the couple renewed their marriage vows before family and friends in an over-the-top Arabian inspired ceremony.

DION: Thank you. Bye-bye.

LUPRANO: I don't think they took it serious. I don't think so, but if they did, well, hey, good for them. But no, I thought it was a fun moment.

MOLINEAUX: And six months later, on June 8, 2000, the couple would receive the most important phone call of their lives.

CASTRO: That was the day that Rene Angelil found out that his neck cancer was in remission and hours later, they both found out that Celine was pregnant.

MOLINEAUX: Having tried in vein for five years, Celine had undergone in-vitro fertilization.

DION: Every day, I was afraid to loose that baby, so I didn't do any crazy things. I didn't even go out. I didn't play golf. I just stayed relaxed, drink lots of water and feed myself well, gaining 40 something pounds. I looked gorgeous. MOLINEAUX: And then, the announcement...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Celine Dion and Rene Angelil are thrilled with the birth of their son, Rene Charles.

MOTTOLA: I remember the first time seeing Celine after the birth of Rene Charles. I saw a different Celine, a completely different Celine.

MOLINEAUX: Celine would make a rare appearance in July at the baptism of Rene Charles. Hundreds of fans and paparazzi would line the streets, making it more of a red carpet event than a family affair.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Celine doesn't really do anything privately. It's amazing. Her baby's baptism was just another example of sharing her life with her fans.

MOLINEAUX: But sharing her life with fans could have its downside too, even while out of the spotlight. In March 2002, Celine's husband Rene would be the subject of a nasty lawsuit in Las Vegas, alleging rape. The woman who filed the suit was later arrested for a $500,000 bad check debt to a Las Vegas casino.

GERMAIN: He is not a violent man, not to rape a woman, and tell her, "I kill you if you tell my wife." It's -- that's crazy.

MOLINEAUX: As with every power couple, tabloids have followed them throughout the years. Neither has seemed concerned.

FOSTER: Here we are two and a half years later, she hasn't done a thing in two and a half years and sells a half a million records the first time out. I don't know any other career that could do that.

MOTTOLA: Celine's voice is like a fine-tuned instrument, and if you let it rest, when you play it again, it'll sound even better.

MOLINEAUX: In March 2002, Celine Dion returned to the spotlight. "A New Day Has Come," her first studio album in nearly five years rocketed to number one upon release. And not only has her voice improved, so has her bottom line -- recently inking a $100 million dollar contract in Las Vegas starting in March 2003. Five nights a week, for three years, in a custom built coliseum fit for a queen. A spectacular coming attraction, capping off a spectacular career.

Beyond the glamour, the spotlight, the fortune, the music, a new day has come for Celine Dion.

DION: I know where I'm from, I know where I'm going. My baby is waiting for me. He's happy. I'm at the happiest of my life. The rest is, we'll see, you know?


ZAHN: Celine Dion is set to join Cher and other artists for a "Divas" concert Thursday in Las Vegas. The show will be broadcast live.

ANNOUNCER: Coming up, Enrique Iglesias' great escape from the shadow of his famous father.

And later, Moby, the accidental pop star.


MOBY: I never aspired to be inventive or avant-garde.




ZAHN: Welcome back to PEOPLE IN THE NEWS. His music is sultry, his videos steamy, and his songs often his own. Where the world once lived "La Vida Loca" with Ricky Martin, it now escapes with Enrique Iglesias. Here's Gail O'Neill.


GAIL O'NEILL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Songs, sex appeal and steamy music videos -- just part of the equation that makes this sizzling performer an international sensation all over.

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, MUSICIAN: It's great. I've had a lot of great (UNINTELLIGIBLE). You know, at an Enrique Iglesias concert, you don't hear the music. So much screaming going on. OK, they can scream all they want.

O'NEILL: He's not only the biggest selling Spanish language recording artist in the world, he's also struck a chord with his two English language albums.

JOE LEVY, MUSIC EDITOR, "ROLLING STONE" MAGAZINE: He's someone who started on a traditional Spanish label in a more traditional Spanish idiom, and who really evolved into what is a broad-based international pop style.

O'NEILL: Enrique Inglesias. He may have a famous father, but this performer earned his own place on the charts.

ANGELO FIGUEROA, EDITOR, PEOPLE IN ESPANOL MAGAZINE: Enrique has never wanted anyone to believe that anything that he's done or any accomplishments or achievements that he's made has been because of his last name.

O'NEILL: The breaking balladeer was born on May 8, 1975 in Madrid, Spain. Enrique was one of three children of Julio Inglesias, the famous Spanish crooner, and Isabelle Creisler (ph), a socialite and actress.

When Enrique was just 3 years old, his parents divorced, and at the age of 8 he and his siblings moved to Miami to live with their father. He was a shy kid, quietly trying his hand at writing songs.

IGLESIAS: I just started to write songs when I was 13, 14. It was the only way I really knew how to express myself. You know, I was kind of a shy kid in many ways, and for me, music was like therapy.

It helped me through my teenage years a lot.

O'NEILL: Enrique dreamed of becoming a singer, but he kept that yearning a secret, even from his parents.

IGLESIAS: I just respected him so much, I didn't want to hear a negative answer.

O'NEILL: He continued with his fairly normal life and attended the University of Miami, majoring in business administration. And as he approached 19, Enrique left college and took a bold step toward attaining his lifelong dream.

IGLESIAS: I just left. I left Miami. I left my home. I left to Toronto, Canada, and began to work there on my first album.

O'NEILL: Enrique shopped his first demo under the pseudonym Enrique Martinez. He wanted people to pay attention to his music, not his pedigree.

LEVY: You want to know that your accomplishments belong to you and not because you have the same name as a world famous international pop superstar frequently photographed in a tuxedo.

O'NEILL: Success same quickly. In 1995, the young Iglesias earned a three-record deal, and only then did he finally reveal his dream to his parents.

IGLESIAS: They just couldn't believe they didn't know about it. It took a few months, maybe a few years, but they're cool about it. They looked around and said, you know, you were right, you know, you've done a great job.

O'NEILL: By the end of 1998, Enrique had sold more than 17 million Spanish language albums. The boy with the ardently independent nature earned Billboard, ASCAP, and World Music Awards, and the 1996 Grammy for best Latin performer.

In 1999, Will Smith caught one of Enrique's shows in Los Angeles, and asked him to contribute a song to the "Wild, Wild West" soundtrack.

IGLESIAS: He said, I'd like you to be in the soundtrack for the "Wild, Wild West." And I had this song, so I sent him over the song and he fell in love with it.

O'NEILL: And so did the rest of the world.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Enrique Iglesias!

O'NEILL: That summer, "Balamos" hit number one on the charts. With the release of his English language album, "Enrique," that November, he was becoming one of pop music's biggest stars.

In November 2001, his fifth album, "Escape," was released. And Enrique continues to burn up the charts musically, and his sultry music videos have been something to talk about.

LEVY: The last few videos have been quite brilliant pieces of work. He's managed to appeal to a teen audience without being a teen pop artist, and he's managed to appeal to both men and women.

O'NEILL: Enrique's videos may be sexy, but it's his romantic words and sensual rhythms that entice most listeners. His influences musically are remarkably diverse.

IGLESIAS: Anything from Police, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Dire Straits, Michael Jackson, even (UNINTELLIGIBLE) Marvin Gaye.

O'NEILL: And as a performer, Enrique has an uncanny way of captivating audiences.

FIGUEROA: Just his natural charisma. He's hyperactive on stage, and he knows how to get the crowd charged up. And right from the beginning, the sex appeal was there.

O'NEILL: Today his fans can't get enough of him. But things were quite different for Enrique as a teen.

IGLESIAS: I wasn't the stud in high school or college. You know, I mean, I remember I couldn't get a date to prom once.

O'NEILL: Unlike some stars, Enrique welcomes his frenzied fans with open arms. Despite one personal trait.

IGLESIAS: I'm very shy. I'll give an example. I can be in an airport, and somebody says, "oh, Enrique, give me --" and people start gathering up, I'll be very embarrassed, I mean, like oh my God, because I don't like being the center of attention.

LEVY: I believe him when he says he's shy. I've met the man. He's quiet and polite. And yet I'm assuming and hoping that he gets more action than I do.

O'NEILL: What cannot be disputed is Enrique's talent as a songwriter. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Iglesias writes most of his songs.

LEVY: With him you get more of a sense of someone who's got something to say, who's crafting his own material. None of us can escape from his love. And we can't escape from his songs lately either.

FUGUEROA: I really believe that we've only seen just a small portion of what he's capable of, and I think he's going to continue to evolve musically.

IGLESIAS: I have so much ambition. And I have so much will and so much love for music, that I just want to keep on going and getting better and better and better, and writing more and more songs. I too feel like I have so much inside of me that I need to express.


ANNOUNCER: Coming up, technology helps Moby reach 18.


MOBY: Sinead O'Connor sings a song on my record, and we've never actually met.




ZAHN: His 1999 album "Play" was a surprise hit, and no one was more surprised than Moby himself. Now the one-name wonder of electronic pop is back with a new mix. Coming up, Moby insists that we're all made of stars.

But first, "Star Wars." "Episode II" is attacking theaters nationwide. So we thought we'd catch up with some of your favorites from the original in this week's, "Where Are They Now?"


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Not so long ago in a theater not so far away movie goers came out in force for the original "Star Wars" trilogy. Luke, Leia, Han, Chewy, Darth, R2D2 and C3PO became part of American pop culture history. It also made instant stars of virtually unknown actors.

Twenty five years later we ask, where are they now? The force was with 25-year-old Mark Hamill when he tried out for "Star Wars." He'd only appeared on television in bit parts before landing the lead role in "Star Wars" as young jedi Luke Skywalker.

So where is Mark Hamill today? Hamill's stayed busy in different acting gigs, making guest appearances on TV shows like "Just Shoot Me." He's also found quite a niche doing voice-over work in cartoons like "Scooby Doo" and "Batman." On "Batman," though, he's joined the dark side. Hamill is the voice of the Joker.

While growing up in the spotlight as the daughter of Eddy Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, 20-year-old Carrie Fisher could not have expected the fame she got playing Princess Leia.

So where is Carrie Fisher now? Well, she's still acting in movies like "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." Fisher has found success in writing. She has penned several novels, including the autobiography turned movie "Postcards From the Edge." She is also a movie script doctor, working on such movies as "The Wedding Singer" and "Sister Act."

While General Lando Calrisian helped destroy the death star once, Billy Dee Williams' character will always live in infamy for selling out Han Solo in "The Empire Strikes Back."

So where is Billy Dee Williams now? Williams has had other roles in blockbusters, playing Harvey Dent in the first "Batman" movie. He has also enjoyed success as an artist, painting projects for the 1996 Summer Olympics and the Arrowhead Pond Arena in Anneheim.

We'll be right back.



ZAHN: He took the techno pop revolution mainstream. But it's hard to label Moby the king of anything in music. He's eclectic, to say the least. Moby was recently interviewed by CNN's "MUSIC ROOM," and he is one of our "People to Watch."


MOBY: It's called 18, and it's not the most imaginative title in the world because it has 18 songs on it.

I like the idea of having an album title that's not in English. So this way, you know, someone in Mexico City could ask for 18, someone in Paris can ask for 18, someone in Tokyo can ask for 18.


MOBY: The first thing is we're all made of stars. On the one hand, it's a sort of uplifting song about solidarity in the face of difficult circumstances. And on another hand, it's also about quantum physics, because I'm a sci-fi geek and I grew up watching way too many science fiction shows.


MOBY: On my new record, I've got a bunch of different guest vocalists, and some of them I've never actually met. You know, Sinead O'Connor sings a song on my record, and we've never actually met.

We spoke on the phone and we've exchanged e-mails, but the way it worked was I recorded the song in New York and I sent the tapes to her in London. She recorded the vocals in London, sent them back to me in New York, and I mixed everything in New York. So I'd like to meet her, I'm sure she's a very nice woman.

When I released my last album, "Play," when it first came out we didn't get a lot of support from traditional media outlets. And I'd made a record I was very proud of and I really wanted people to hear it. So I allowed a lot of the music to be used in TV shows and movies and commercials and advertisements, because that was the only thing that was available to me as far as exposing my music to a lot of people.

What was nice is through the ubiquity of the music then led more conventional media outlets to become interested in the music as well. Come on in.

I have a studio in New York, in Manhattan. I have a two-bedroom apartment, and my studio is one of the bedrooms, so my commute is roughly six feet. And I work in my studio just all by myself. I go in there and I play the instruments and I write the songs, and do all the engineering and production.

Guitars are in here. And then I've got this nice slide-out rack of synthesizers. All the racks of stuff.

Well, what can you expect from me? I don't know. I know what I can expect from myself, which is to be on tour for a long time, hopefully. I hope to spend the rest of my life making music. I've been making music since I was 10 years old, and I hope to make music until the day that I die.

But as far as what my specific plans are, apart from touring, I don't know. Meet a nice woman, get married, have a bunch of Jack Russell puppies.


MOBY: I've never expected to be a commercially successful musician. You know, when I was growing up, all of my heroes were musicians who never sold records, basically. And for most of my career, I've been very marginal, underground music figure.

I don't see myself as being a pioneer at all. As a musician, I've never aspired to be a pioneer. I've never aspired to be inventive or avant-garde. I've really only inspired to make the music that I love.


ZAHN: He may be the most unlikely of pop stars, but Moby does find himself with enough clout these days to pull together his own summer festival. Moby's Area 2 tour including the likes of David Bowie and rapper Buster Rhymes.

And that's it for this edition of PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.

Coming up next week, she's a star in every sense of the word. Elizabeth Taylor.

I'm Paula Zahn. Thanks for joining us, and be sure to join me every weekday for "AMERICAN MORNING" right here on CNN. Again, thanks for being with us.