Candace Helaine Cameron Bure
(born April 6
) is an American actress
best known for playing Donna Jo "D.J." Tanner
on the television show Full House
. She is also the younger sister of actor Kirk Cameron
. She is married to former Russian ice hockey
player Valeri Bure
(brother of Pavel Bure
Candace Cameron was born in Panorama City, California
, to Robert Cameron and Barbara Bausmith. Following in the footsteps of her older brother, Kirk Cameron
, she decided to pursue acting herself. She started in the entertainment business by appearing in a number of television
commercials. Soon after, she guest starred roles on shows like St. Elsewhere
, Growing Pains
and Who's the Boss?
In 1986, she got the call to audition for 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. The show's eight-year run ranks it among the top series of all time.
While on Full House, Cameron was also featured in a few television movies. 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 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. She also 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 John Hughes-directed teen comedy, Some Kind of Wonderful.
Following the end of Full House, 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.
Recently, Cameron has made a few television appearances. She appeared on I Love the '80s and I Love the '80s Strikes Back as a commentator, and was the host of 50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up on the E! network. In 2006, Cameron guest starred on the sitcom That's So Raven.
Currently, she stars in The Wager with Randy Travis. She recently finished filming Moonlight & Mistletoe, a TV movie with Tom Arnold that will air November 28, 2008 on the Hallmark Channel.
She was voted Best Actress for Full House at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
On June 221996
, Cameron married NHL
hockey player Valeri Bure
(Valerij Vladimirovich Bure). They were introduced by Cameron's former Full House
co-star Dave Coulier
. She and Bure have three children: Natasha Valerievna Bure (b. August 151998
), Lev Valerievich Bure (b. February 202000
) and Maksim Valerievich Bure (b. January 202002
). They spend the majority of their time in the Fort Lauderdale
suburb of Plantation, Florida
, where Valeri played for the nearby Florida Panthers
. Her husband launched his own wine label, Bure Family Wines
In 2006, as a reflection of her evangelical faith, she endorsed several online Christian homeschooling academies. She writes a monthly column for ChristianWomenOnline and speaks at churches throughout the country.