Singer and TV Personality; Author of the best-selling book "Behind The Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression"
As a child and a teenager, Marie Osmond endeared herself to an entire generation. That bond with her audience not only continued, but grew stronger through the years as Marie’s career blossomed into hit records, network television shows, Broadway musicals, movies of the week, world-wide concert tours, a top ten New York Times best selling book author, television commercials, lecture tours and an extremely successful Marie Osmond Collector Dolls business.
With all her successes over 40 years in the entertainment industry, Marie’s legion of fans now spans generations.
Marie was first thrust into the spotlight in 1963 on “The Andy Williams Show” when the host placed the three year old on his lap and introduced her as “the youngest Osmond Brother.” She began to make a name for herself 10 years later when at 13 years of age she exploded onto the music charts (#1 country/#5 pop) with “Paper Roses,” marking the first time in country music history that a female artist debuted with a #1 record. Her first concert performance soon after was a sold-out date at
After the Paper Roses album, she released In My Little Corner of the World (1974) and Who’s Sorry Now (1975). Among the many TV guest appearances she made, one featured a duet with her brother Donny of their #4 top selling pop record “I’m Leavin’ It All Up to You” and a guest hosting role with Donny. That, in turn, led to their weekly television variety series “The Donny & Marie Show” (1976-81). During the show’s run, because of her famous “Marie Cut” hairstyle and her stylish wardrobe and keen eye for fashion, she became recognized as a trend setter and a role model for women throughout the world.
In 1979, Marie starred in the Christmas Classic TV movie “The Gift of Love” with James Woods and Timothy Bottoms. Following that, she played the role of her mother Olive for the 1982 TV movie “Side By Side: The Story of the Osmond Family.” In 1983, she starred in the TV movie “I Married Wyatt Earp” with Bruce Boxleitner. She would later co-host the television series “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” (1985) and lend her voice-over and singing talents to children’s videos such as “The Velveteen Rabbit” (1985), “
In 1985, Marie turned once again to recording country music with the album There’s No Stopping Your Heart, which featured two #1 country hits: the title track and “Meet Me In Montana,” (a duet with Dan Seals which won the Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year award), as well as a third hit from the album, “Read My Lips”, which peaked at #4 as a single. I Only Wanted You (1986) earned her a CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nomination, this time with Paul Davis for the #1 country hit “You’re Still New to Me.” “Cry Just a Little” also reached the Top 20. Two other albums followed; All in Love (1988) and Steppin’ Stone (1989), as did a 1989 nomination by the
“Marie Osmond’s The Magic of Christmas,” a very special holiday concert tour which also featured five of her children, played in major venues across the
She continued her singing and acting career performing the lead role of Maria in the national touring company of Rodgers Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” in 1994-95 (reprising her role for a
Ever in demand, in 1995 ABC Television asked Marie to star in the sitcom “Maybe This Time” with Betty White.
In 1997, she made her Broadway debut as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I,” opening to rave reviews, and in the spring of 1998, she headlined the show’s national touring production in
Then, in the fall of 1998, Columbia Tristar Television Distribution premiered the popular daytime entertainment/talk show “Donny & Marie,” which ran for two full seasons.
True international icons, NBC Television invited Marie and her brother Donny to perform for the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics, viewed by a world-wide audience.
And again, in 2003, Marie and Donny were teamed with the popular Ozzie Osbourne and his family for the hilarious Pepsi Twist television commercial seen world-wide and voted the most recognized commercial spot of Super Bowl XXXVII.
In August, 2003, Marie and her family received a star on
Marie’s highly successful career had involved her in every medium of entertainment except radio, until in 2004 she launched into a whole new experiment and vista of entertainment with her fun and informative nationally syndicated talk/music radio show “Marie & Friends.” After her final broadcast, Marie jokingly said it was fun for her because with eight children she really enjoyed the adult conversation with her radio “friends” every weekday!
In August, 2006, Marie joined the Fox Television Network family as a judge on American Idol executive producer Simon Cowell’s newest singing competition “Celebrity Duets”. She had a great time working with host Wayne Brady and fellow judges rock ‘n roll icon Little Richard and famed producer/songwriter David Foster, “because all the people involved are so talented, quick and bright ---- and besides, I kind of miss giving my male counterpart(s) a bad time!”
In addition to being an international celebrity, Marie is also a savvy businesswoman. In 1991, she launched the “Marie Osmond Fine Porcelain Collector Dolls” line on QVC and at Disney theme parks. It has become QVC’s top selling doll line, was nominated for Trendsetter of the Year in the collectibles industry and has moved into the retail and direct response markets. Marie began sculpting a number of her own dolls in 1993, and has received several Dolls of Excellence and Doll of the Year award nominations. Marie recently was honored with QVC’s highest recognition, the coveted Q-Star Award, as well as being the first recipient of the collectible industry’s highest honor, the “
Recently, Marie has expanded her business activities to include a wide range of products for the home sewing and crafting market. With national exposure on QVC Network’s “Crafting with Marie” programs, she continues to inspire consumers nationwide.
But perhaps her proudest achievement, besides motherhood, has been her role as co-founder/co-host, with John Schneider, of Children’s Miracle Network, a project of The Osmond Foundation. The largest annual broadcast in fundraising history, it has raised in excess of 2.6 billion dollars since 1983 for children’s hospitals throughout the
As the author of the New York Times #1 best selling book Behind The Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression, Marie draws on her unique life and background to reach out, connect with and touch the lives of women everywhere.
Her openhearted willingness to allow other’s to hear her personal story – both the triumphs and the challenges –has made her a constant favorite with hundreds of thousands of fans around the world.
Audiences will find Marie’s story equally compelling and irresistible as she shares her full life experiences through both laugh-out-loud humor and poignant vulnerability. There is no barrier between the audience and Marie, as she sets the tone of any event as a one-to-one experience (even with thousands in attendance!). The countless cards, emails and letters Marie receives are proof of her effective warmth and generosity. She has touched the hearts and lives of millions of people of all ages, interests and backgrounds.
Marie is the proud mother of eight beautiful children, which she considers to be her greatest achievement.
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