In 1987, Full House debuted on national television and quickly became a cult classic. Viewers loved watching DJ, Stephanie and Michelle grow up before their eyes, and they also fell in love with the actors who portrayed the Tanner family. The sassy and smart actress behind DJ Tanner was Candace Cameron Bure. She grew up in the spotlight and yet, she remained incredibly grounded along the way.
Candace was incredibly wise to use her platform of influence to point all glory back to God. Here’s a rundown of all the reasons that Candace will always be our favorite child of the ’80s.
Candace is a delightful presence on screen and we especially appreciate that she chooses projects that are heartwarming for the whole family. After her runaway success on Full House, she’s gone on to star on the show’s wholesome reboot Fuller House. We also love her in unscripted programming like Dancing With the Stars and The View. However, perhaps our greatest guilty pleasure for enjoying Candace on her regular appearances on Hallmark Channel made-for-tv shows. Is there any better entertainment “comfort food” than a cozy holiday movie starring Candace Cameron Bure?
Remarkable Family Values
While we love hearing about celebrities who are committed to their families, Candace takes this to a whole new level. To start, we love how she regularly honors her parents’ enduring marriage on social media. We also love her rock-solid relationship with her brother and fellow Christian actor, Kirk Cameron.
Moving on from the family she was born into, Candace has prioritized her own family as well. In 1996, she married NHL hockey player Valeri Bure and they went on to have a daughter and two sons. Candance’s daughter, Natasha Bure, inherited her mother’s entertainment bug, competing on The Voice in 2016.
She’s Generous to Help Those in Need
We love the way Candace gives with an open heart to help those in need. Her activation with Skip1’s Skiptember campaign proved to be a fun and inclusive way to help kids affected by Hurricane Harvey. The concept is simple: Skip1 invites you to skip a small luxury in your life and instead donate those funds to charity. They even dedicated the whole month of September (Skiptember) to rally people around the cause.
She Overcame Bulimia
Western society has an insidious way of infecting the minds of young women with insecurity. Candace was not immune from this and unfortunately began to doubt her self-worth after she married and moved to Montreal. Seeking comfort in a new city, she began to develop an unhealthy relationship with food. Speaking to People in 2013, she explained. “I turned to food for comfort and had to find a different source, because clearly it wasn’t a healthy way to deal with things… So that’s really when my faith was kicked up a notch and sought comfort in my relationship with God, and not with food.”
It’s surprising that she was shielded from body insecurities as a young actress in Hollywood, but she credits a solid upbringing and supportive producers for helping her stay grounded while filming Full House. “I think I was very protected by my parents and even the producers. They all had a sensitivity about it. The producers were parents themselves. I don’t think any of them wanted to see that happen to their child, so I was protected.”
Check out this interview with Cosmopolitan to hear Candace speak candidly about the effects of Bulimia on her life and how she overcame the disorder:
Deep Commitment to Her Faith
Few actors are as outspoken about their Christian faith as Candace. With over 3.7 million followers on Instagram alone, Candace knows that she’s been given a powerful platform to speak God’s truth to her fans. She very regularly posts uplifting verses and reminders of God’s unending grace on the social media platform.
Candace Cameron Bure has proved to be the “real deal” for over 30 years now. We love her acting, her generosity, her faith and her integrity.