My connection with Celine Dion and the real life Titanic movie necklace
By Celebrity Headhunter Brian Daniel

How many people can say they held the real-life Titanic movie necklace — a part of motion picture history! Well, I did just that back in 1998 when I got to meet Celine Dion before she sang “My Heart Will Go On” at the Academy Awards.
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The real-life $4 million necklace
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In the movie, the necklace was named “The Heart of the Ocean,” which is inspired by The Hope Diamond (now securely located in the Smithsonian Museum). A little know fact, though, is that James Cameron had an actual replica made with precious gems, which is valued at approximately 4 million-dollars, and it was worn by Celine Dion at the Oscars.
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The necklace was made by celebrity jeweler Harry Winston, who was famously mentioned in the Julia Roberts movie “Pretty Woman” when Richard Gere put the diamond encrusted Winston necklace around Roberts’ neck (for their San Francisco opera date).
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The “Heart of the Ocean” necklace from the hit movie Titanic
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My connection with the necklace
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Back in 1998, I worked at the world famous Beverly Hills Hotel (aka The Pink Palace). As a front desk agent and concierge, I got to interact with all of the celebrities and other types of VIPs that checked into the property. At that time, the hotel was a hot spot for Oscar pre- and post-parties, so it was a Mecca for A-listers. The official Miramax party was held in the world-famous Polo Lounge, and that’s what gave me unprecedented access to Hollywood’s top stars.

Celine Dion at the 1998 Oscars
. On that fateful night of the official Academy Awards party (just hours before the Oscars were to begin), I was on-duty at the front desk when a well-dressed gentleman approached me and asked to enter the vault (the hotel has a massive walk-in vault to hold the nearly-priceless jewelry of the rich and famous that stay there). Since the gentleman had been standing next to Celine Dion in the lobby only moments before, I figured he was her agent or publicist, so naturally I gave the gentleman my undivided attention and ushered him into the safe room quickly.
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We went through the customary signing of documents before he opened the safety deposit box, and the man removed a black velvet box from its niche. I thought nothing of it until I saw the man’s hands trembling a bit. He looked at me and said with a smirk, “You want to see something cool?” I said, “Certainly, sir,” with anticipation. The man opened the box and revealed to me the actual Titanic necklace. Of course my jaw dropped to the floor.
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He proceeded to tell me that the necklace had just been sold for about $4 million (to benifit charity) and he was going to be putting it on Celine Dion before she left to sing “My Heart Will Go On.” We left the vault together and, indeed, he placed the necklace on Ms. Dion and she was whisked away in a limo to make Oscar history.
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Later that night the man approached me again and detailed his experience of going to the Oscars with Celine (as part of her security detail to protect the necklace). During her performance, Ms. Dion did her famous “chest thump” (occurs at 2 min 20 sec) while belting out a big note and almost broke the necklace because her fist landed directly on the “Heart of the Ocean.”
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As you are probably aware, James Cameron’s Titanic movie was the most expensive film ever made (at that time) costing a whopping $200 million, and was also the highest-grossing movie of all time. Both the record-breaking cost and revenue stream was only broken again by Cameron himself when he made Avatar.  Titanic was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and went on to win 11, including Best Director and Best Picture.
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Meeting celebrities at the Oscars party
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While at the party I got to meet a small army of celebrities including Winona Ryder, Michael Cane, Demi Moore, Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, and Matt Damon & Ben Affleck — who won the Academy Award that year for “Good Will Hunting.”


A very rare photo of Celine Dion at The Beverly Hills Hotel with the Titanic Necklace before the Oscars

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NOTE: The telling of this story is public information and does not violate any of my confidentiality agreements. I mainly wrote this article because I’m continually asked about this story’s details due to it appearing in a popular magazine (Read that full article HERE).
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You can also read more about the real life Heart of the Ocean necklace and the real life “old Rose” and grand-daughter from Titanic.