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Cameron Bure in March 2018
Candace Helaine Cameron

(1976-04-06) April 6, 1976 (age 48)
  • Actress
  • author
  • talk show panelist
Years active 1982–present
Known for D.J. Tanner on Full House and Fuller House
(m. 1996)
Children 3
Relatives Kirk Cameron (brother)
Pavel Bure (brother-in-law)

Candace Helaine Cameron Bure (/bʊˈr/; née Cameron; born April 6, 1976) is an American actress and talk show panelist. She is known for portraying D.J. Tanner on Full House and its sequel series Fuller House, and a number of roles in Hallmark Channel original productions—including the title character in their adaptations of the Aurora Teagarden novel series.

In 2014, she was a contestant on season 18 of Dancing with the Stars, finishing in third place. Bure also starred as Summer van Horne on Make It or Break It. From 2015 to 2016, she was a co-host of the daytime television talk show The View. In 2022, Bure became chief content officer of Great American Media.

Early life

Cameron was born in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California on April 6, 1976, to Robert and Barbara Cameron. Candace is the younger sister of Kirk Cameron.


Cameron guest-starred in roles on shows such as St. Elsewhere, Growing Pains, and Who's the Boss?. In 1985, she portrayed Jennifer Bates in an episode of the sitcom Punky Brewster. In 1987, she had a role as the youngest sister of Eric Stoltz in the teen comedy Some Kind of Wonderful.

Also in 1987, at the age of 11, Cameron began the most prominent role of her career on the ensemble sitcom Full House, as Donna Jo "D.J." Tanner, the oldest daughter of Bob Saget's Danny Tanner. She was cast throughout the eight seasons of the series until its end in 1995.

While on Full House, Cameron was also featured in Camp Cucamonga, an adventure comedy. She guest-starred in the failed pilot Real Mature, and in an episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy as "Candace the Science Gal". She also appeared in the Tom Hanks and Sally Field feature film Punchline.

Cameron hosted the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 1990 with Full House co-star Dave Coulier and David Faustino, and again in 1994 with Joey Lawrence and Marc Weiner.

After Full House

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Bure at Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 2009

After Full House ended in 1995, Bure guest-starred on Cybill and Boy Meets World.


After giving birth, Bure took a self-imposed hiatus from television and film to focus on her family. In the 2000s, she appeared as an interviewee on the retrospective I Love the '80s and I Love the '80s Strikes Back. She would later co-host 50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up on the E! network, along with Keshia Knight Pulliam of The Cosby Show fame.

In 2007, Bure 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. Bure returned to television in 2009 and was cast in Make It or Break It, which ended in 2012.

On March 4, 2014, Bure was announced to compete on season 18 of Dancing with the Stars, partnering with Mark Ballas. The couple made it to the finals and ended in third place behind Meryl Davis and Amy Purdy who took first and second place, respectively.

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Bure at the Movieguide Awards in 2015

It was announced in 2015 that Bure would reprise her role as D.J. Tanner in the 2016 Netflix spinoff Fuller House, her character now going by D.J. Tanner-Fuller. Filming began that July 2015. Bure was a co-host of The View in season 19 and 20. In March 2016, Fuller House was picked up for a second season. On December 8, 2016, Bure announced that she was leaving The View due to commitment clashes between Fuller House and Hallmark Channel projects and family life. In January 2019, Fuller House was renewed for its fifth and final season to air later that year. The series concluded on June 2, 2020.

In July 2023, Fuller House actress Miss Benny indirectly accused Bure of attempting to remove Benny’s character from the script of the show due to her character’s queer identity. After facing online backlash, Bure denied the claims.

Hallmark Channel work

Bure has acted in over two dozen Hallmark Channel movies, including the 2017 Switched for Christmas, and as the titular character Aurora Teagarden in the eighteen-film Aurora Teagarden movie series for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Bure also produced and hosted the Hallmark Channel special Christmas in America. She also played in the 2015 "Christmas Detour". Bure served as the host of the 26th annual Movieguide Awards for the network on February 8, 2019, along with her daughter Natasha.

Great American Media

In April 2022, it was announced that Bure would take an executive role at GAC Media—a company led by former Hallmark Channel head Bill Abbott—to develop, produce, and star in original romantic comedy and holiday movies and series for GAC Family (now Great American Family) and GAC Living. Bure became chief content officer of the company.

In a November 2022 interview with The Wall Street Journal, Bure stated that she had left Hallmark because it was a "completely different network than when I started", and wanted to "tell stories that have more meaning and purpose and depth behind them"—including those with stronger faith-based themes (albeit not being "off-putting to the unbeliever or someone who shares a different faith"). Bure explained that Great American Media "wanted to promote faith programming and good family entertainment", and stated, "I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core."

Bure's remarks were believed to be an allusion to a trend towards progressive themes, including recognition of the LGBT community, in Hallmark Channel productions. Abbott left Hallmark Channel in early 2020, shortly after it faced criticism for briefly pulling a commercial depicting a lesbian couple. In response to criticism over the comments regarding "traditional" marriage by other celebrities such as Hilarie Burton and JoJo Siwa, Bure stated that people of various "identities" worked on Great American Media programming, and that "all of you who know me, know beyond question that I have great love and affection for all people." Of Bure's implication that Great American Media productions would never depict same-sex couples, Abbott stated to the Wall Street Journal, "It's certainly the year 2022, so we're aware of the trends. There's no whiteboard that says, 'Yes, this' or 'No, we'll never go here.'"


Cameron Bure has written four books: A New York Times best seller, Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness (ISBN: 1433669730), published in January 2011; Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose (ISBN: 1433681846), published in January 2014; Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction (ISBN: 1433686945), published in August 2015; and Kind Is the New Classy: The Power of Living Graciously (ISBN: 0310350026), published in April 2018.

In a September 2015 interview, Bure revealed that Dancing Through Life discloses more personal issues than her first two books. In an April 2018 interview, Bure shared that Kind Is the New Classy conveyed the idea of staying centered and practicing graciousness towards others.

Personal life

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Bure and husband Valeri Bure in 2010

Bure married Russian NHL hockey player Valeri Bure on June 22, 1996. They had been introduced at a charity hockey game by her Full House co-star Dave Coulier. They have a daughter and two sons. Their daughter Natasha competed in season 11 of The Voice at the age of 18 and played the younger version of her mother’s lead character in the final Aurora Teagarden Mystery. Cameron’s brother-in-law is hockey Hall of Famer Pavel Bure.

Bure is a conservative Republican. She became a Christian at the age of 12, and she credits her faith as the binding force in her marriage. She has revealed she suffered from bulimia nervosa in her early twenties.

Bure is a supporter of Compassion International. The Bure family sponsors three children through the organization.



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Some Kind of Wonderful Cindy Nelson
1988 Punchline Carrie
1995 Monster Mash Mary
1996 No One Would Tell Stacy Collins
2001 Krew, TheThe Krew Chief Karls
2007 Wager, TheThe Wager Cassandra
2015 Faith of Our Fathers Cynthia
2024 Unsung Hero Kay Albright


Year Title Role Notes
1982–1984 St. Elsewhere Megan White Recurring role, 5 episodes
1984 T. J. Hooker Tina Episode: "The Confession"
1985 Punky Brewster Julie Whitney / Jennifer Bates Episode: "Milk Does a Body Good"
1986, 1987 The Disney Sunday Movie Julie / Samantha Episodes: "Little Spies", "Bigfoot"
1987 Who's the Boss? Young Mona Episode: "Mona"
Growing Pains Jennifer "Jenny" Foster Episode: "The Long Goodbye"
1987–1995 Full House D.J. Tanner Main role
1988 I Saw What You Did Julia Fielding Television film
Growing Pains Jenny Foster Episode: "Fool for Love"
1990 The All New Mickey Mouse Club D.J. Tanner Episode: "Guest Day"
Camp Cucamonga Amber Lewis Television film
1991 Nickelodeon Gets Real Mature Herself Television pilot
1995 Sharon's Secret Sharon Television film
Visitors of the Night Katie English Television film
1996 Cybill Hannah Episode: "When You're Hot, You're Hot"
No One Would Tell Stacy Collins Television film
Kidz in the Wood Donna Television film
She Cried No Melissa Connell Television film
1997 NightScream Drew Summers / Laura Fairgate Television film
Boy Meets World Millie Episode: "The Witches of Pennbrook"
2001 Twice in a Lifetime Rose Hathaway Episode: "Moonshine Over Harlem"
2007 That's So Raven Courtney Dearborn Episode: "Teacher's Pet"
2008 Moonlight and Mistletoe Holly Television film
2009–2012 Make It or Break It Summer Van Horne Main role
2011 Truth Be Told Annie Morgan Television film
Can't Get Arrested Candace Episode: "House of Pain"
Heart of Christmas, TheThe Heart of Christmas Megan Walsh Television film
2012 Puppy Love Megan Television film
2013 Finding Normal Dr. Elizabeth "Lisa" Leland Television film
Let It Snow Stephanie Beck Television film
2014 Christmas Under Wraps Dr. Lauren Brunell Television film
The Neighbors Bella Bure Episode: "There Goes the Neighbors' Hood"
Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant; finalist in season 18
2015–2022 Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Aurora Teagarden Main role; 18 films
2015 Just The Way You Are Jennie Wreitz Television film
A Christmas Detour Paige Summerlind Television film
2015–2016 The View Herself Co-host
2016 Journey Back to Christmas Hanna Norris Television film
2016–2020 Fuller House D.J. Tanner-Fuller Main role; also director (3 episodes)
2017 Switched For Christmas Kate/Chris Television film
2018 A Shoe Addict's Christmas Noelle Carpenter Television film
2019 Christmas Town Lauren Gabriel Television film
2020 Nickelodeon's Unfiltered Herself Episode: "Zombies Eat Unicorns!"
If I Only Had Christmas Darcy Television film
2021 The Christmas Contest Lara Television film
2022 A Christmas... Present Maggie Larson Television film
Christmas on Candy Cane Lane Producer; Television film
Reindeer in Here Pinky (voice) Television special
2023 My Christmas Hero Nicole Ramsey Television film
2024 Just in Time Producer; television film

Music videos

  • "Joy" (2018) by For King & Country, as News Anchor

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1988 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Actors/Actresses Ensemble in Television or Motion Picture Little Spies (shared with cast) Nominated
Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Television Comedy Series Growing Pains
(for episode "The Long Goodbye")
1989 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress — Starring in a Television Comedy Series Full House Nominated
1990 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Full House Nominated
1991 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Full House Nominated
1992 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Full House Nominated
1993 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Full House Nominated
1994 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress Full House Won
2016 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Joy Behar, Michelle Collins, Paula Faris, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez, Raven-Symoné, and Nicolle Wallace)
The View Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Comedy Fuller House Won
Choice TV: Chemistry (with Jodie Sweetin & Andrea Barber) Fuller House Nominated
2017 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Joy Behar, Jedediah Bila, Paula Faris, Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, and Raven-Symoné)
The View Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Comedy Fuller House Won
2018 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Fuller House Nominated
2019 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star Fuller House Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedy TV Actress Fuller House Nominated
2020 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star Fuller House Nominated
2021 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female TV Star Fuller House Nominated

See also

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