Candace Helaine Cameron (born April 6, 1976) is an American actress and author best known for playing DJ Tanner on the television series Full House from ages 10 to 18. She is the sister of Kirk Cameron and the sister-in-law of Chelsea Noble. She currently plays Summer on Make It or Break It.

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[[1]]1 Early life

Early life[edit | edit source]

Candace Cameron Bure was born in Panorama City, California, to Robert Cameron and Barbara Bausmith Cameron.[1] Following in the footsteps of her older brother Kirk, Candace decided to pursue acting. She started in the entertainment business by appearing in a number of television commercials. Soon after, she guest starred roles on shows such as St. Elsewhere, Growing Pains, and Who's the Boss?. She also auditioned for the main role on Small Wonder but lost it to Tiffany Brissette.

Career[edit | edit source]

When Cameron won the role of D.J. Tanner on Full House, she impressed the studio executives and producers so much that they delayed taping the pilot episode to allow her to complete work on her other obligations.[citation needed] The show had an eight-year run.

While she was on Full House, Cameron was also featured in television films. She played an abused teenager in No One Would Tell followed by She Cried No and Night Scream, in which she received starring roles. Cameron also guest starred in the failed TV pilot Real Mature on ABC and in one episode of Bill Nye The Science Guy as "Candace the Science Gal". She also appeared in the film Punchline with Tom Hanks and Sally Field and appeared in an episode of the sitcom Punky Brewster in the mid-1980s. In 1987, she had a role as the youngest sister of Eric Stoltz in the teen comedy Some Kind of Wonderful, which was produced by John Hughes.

Cameron has hosted the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 1990 with Dave Coulier and David Faustino, and again in 1994 with Joey Lawrence and Marc Weiner, becoming the first person to host twice or more (followed by Whitney Houston, Rosie O'Donnell and Jack Black). After Full House came to an end in 1995, Cameron guest starred on such network hits as Cybill and Boy Meets World. Following the birth of her children, she took a self-imposed hiatus from television and film to devote all of her time to her family and children. In the 2000s, she appeared as an interview on the retrospective TV specials I Love the '80s and I Love the '80s Strikes Back, and was one of the hosts of 50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up on the E! network, along with Keshia Knight Pulliam of The Cosby Show fame. In 2006, Cameron guest starred on the sitcom That's So Raven. The following year, she co-starred with Randy Travis in The Wager , and starred with Tom Arnold in the television movie Moonlight and Mistletoe for the Hallmark Channel in 2008.

After Full House[edit | edit source]

Cameron has a role on the ABC Family's gymnastics drama, Make It or Break It. She still keeps in touch with all of her Full House castmates, with the exception of the Olsen twins. "I haven't talked to them for a few years now",[cite this quote] Candace states in an interview with Hollywood Life. All of her castmates except Ashley Olsen and Andrea Barber, who played D.J's best friend Kimmy Gibbler, continue to act in movies and TV shows today. Barber stopped acting shortly after Full House ended. Candace also co-hosted an E! Special titled 50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up. Now that John Stamos, a fellow Full House castmate, has a recurring role on the musical television series Glee, it is rumored that Bure will make an appearance on the popular show.[2]

After taking a break from acting Cameron returned to a television series in 2009, after being cast in Make It or Break It, a teenage gymnastics drama on ABC Family, where she plays Summer Van Horn.[3]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

On June 22, 1996, Cameron married Russian NHL hockey player Valeri Bure. They were introduced by Candace's former co-star from Full House, Dave Coulier.[4] She and Bure have three children: Natasha Valerievna Bure (b. August 15, 1998), Lev Valerievich Bure (b. February 20, 2000) and Maksim Valerievich Bure (b. January 20, 2002). Valeri launched his own wine label, Bure Family Wines. Valeri Bure retired from hockey to focus on his family and the family business. In January 2011, she released her first booked entitled "Reshaping It All' which became a New York Times best seller shortly after. In 2006, as a reflection of her evangelical faith, she endorsed an online Christian homeschooling academy.[citation needed] She is fundamentally and theologically conservative. She wrote a monthly column for Christian Woman and like her brother speaks at churches throughout the country.[citation needed] She is a spokesperson for National House of Hope, a Christian organization for teens.[citation needed] As of 2010, she lives in Los Angeles, California, where her ABC Family series Make It or Break It is produced.

[edit] Book[edit | edit source]

She wrote a book titled Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness.

In 2013 she published Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose

She also wrote Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Film Role Notes
1987 Some Kind of Wonderful Cindy Nelson
1988 Punchline Carrie
1995 Monster Mash Mary (Juliet) Alternative title: Frankenstein Sings
1996 No One Would Tell Stacy Collins Main role
2001 The Krew Chief Karls Executive producer
The Uncertainty Principle - Producer
2007 The Wager Cassandra
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Background character She makes an appearance when Paul Blart's hypoglycemia starts acting up at the bar.
Year Title Role Notes
1982–1984 St. Elsewhere Megan White 5 episodes
1983 Alice Child 1 episode
1984 T. J. Hooker Tina 1 episode
1985 Punky Brewster Jennifer Bates 1 episode
1986 Little Spies Julie Television movie
1987 Bigfoot Samantha Television movie
Who's the Boss? Young Mona 1 episode
1987–1988 Growing Pains Jenny Foster 2 episodes
1987–1995 Full House Donna Jo "D.J." Tanner 192 episodes
1988 I Saw What You Did Julia Fielding Television movie
1990 Camp Cucamonga Amber Lewis Television movie
1991 Real Mature Guest Star Television pilot
1992 To Grandmother's House We Go First viewer Uncredited
1994 Bill Nye the Science Guy Candace, the Science Gal 1 episode
1995 Sharon's Secret Sharon Television movie
Visitors of the Night Katie English Television movie
1996 Cybill Hannah 1 episode
No One Would Tell Stacy Collins Television movie
Kidz in the Wood Donna Television movie
She Cried No Melissa Connell Television movie
1997 Boy Meets World Witch Millie 1 episode
NightScream - Producer, television movie
2001 Twice in a Lifetime Rose Hathaway 1 episode
2005 50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up as Herself; Host Appeared on E!
2007 That's So Raven Courtney Dearborn 1 episode: "Teacher's Pet"
2008 Moonlight and Mistletoe Holly Television movie
2009–2012 Make It or Break It Summer Van Horne 41 episodes
2016-present Fuller House Donna Do "DJ" Tanner-Fuller 44 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit | edit source]

Year Award Result Category Film or series
1988 Young Artist Award Nominated Outstanding Young Actors/Actresses Ensemble in Television or Motion Picture Little Spies (Shared with cast)
Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Television Comedy Series Growing Pains (For episode "The Long Goodbye")
1989 Best Young Actress — Starring in a Television Comedy Series Full House
1990 Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Full House
1991 Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Full House
1993 Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Full House
1994 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Won Favorite Television Actress Full House
2004 TV Land Award Nominated Quintessential Non-Traditional Family Full House (Shared with cast)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ "Candace Cameron Bure Biography (1976-1876)". Retrieved 2008-12-08.
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  4. ^ "Full House: 1987-1995". People. 2000-06-26.,,20131616,00.html. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
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