Jean-Yves Soucy, Yvonne Dionne, Cecile Dionne

Family secrets: the dionne quintuplets' autobiography


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The sisters are considering a legal action against the government of Ontario, and perhaps against Canada's federal government, to try to replace what they say was theirs. They have negotiated a share of the profits from the Dionne Quints Museum in North Bay and from sales of souvenirs at the Dionne Quint Collectors convention, which meets every five years. They are attempting to negotiate with the newsreel companies that filmed them so often, and they received a payment from the makers of the miniseries. Their new autobiography, titled "The Dionne Quints: Family Secrets" and written with Quebec novelist Jean-Yves Soucy, is scheduled for publication in French next spring.

In 1997, in their book Family Secrets: The Dionne Quintuplets’ Own Story, co-authored by Jean-Yves Soucy, Annette, Cecile, and Yvonne claimed that their father had sexually abused them. In March 1998, the Ontario government announced that it would pay the three women $4 million in compensation for the 9 years they were on display at a tourist theme park. Three years later Yvonne died of cancer. Not until September 1987 was another set of quints — this time two boys and three girls— was born in Canada.

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    I think there are only a couple of ways to send greetings to Annette and Cecile in Montreal. First, I think one could address a card to "Annette and Cecile Dionne of the Dionne Quintuplets; Montreal Quebec Canada" and it would arrive. Second, one could contact the publisher, Berkley, and ask about sending greetings to the three authors: Yves Soucy, Yvonne Dionne, and Cecile Dionne; publishers have puiblicists that stay in contact with authors.

    Three books are of interest to those wanting to reminisce or learn historic data and perspective. In 1977 the late, famous Canadian journalist, Pierre Berton, offered the most objective portrait of all that transpired in The Dionne Years. He placed what happened in the framework of then cultural, geographical and economical times. Earlier, in 1965 James Brough published We Were Five: From Birth Through Girlhood to Womanhood written with the four who survived Emilie’s tragic death. Then in 1995 Jean-Yves Soucy with Annette, Cecile and Yvonne told a bitter story in their book, Family Secrets. Included pathos describes how the five didn’t even know how to shop for stockings when they first emerged to seek independence.