Olive Marie Osmond - born 13 October, 1959
Marie is an American actress, singer, doll designer, and a member of the show business family, The Osmonds. Although she was never part of her familyís singing group, she gained success as a solo country music artist in the 1970s and 1980s. Her best known song is a cover of the country pop ballad "Paper Roses." In 1976, she and her singer brother Donny Marie began hosting the TV variety show Donny & Marie.
After the initial success of The Osmonds in 1970, Marieís older brother Donny Osmond was gaining success as a solo artist on the Pop Music charts and was becoming a teen idol. The Osmondsí management convinced Marie to try her hand as well. She signed with the familyís record label, MGM Records and began making concert appearances with The Osmonds. Her style was more directed towards country music, in contrast with her brothersí pop music.
In 1973, she cut her first single as a solo artist, "Paper Roses". The recording became a No.1 country hit. The song earned a gold record as did the album of the same name. She released another single, "In My Little Corner of the World", and a same-name album in 1974, with both entering the Billboard Top 40 in 1974.
In 1974, Osmond had two pop music duet hits with her brother Donny Osmond: "Iím Leaving It All Up to You" and "Morning Side of the Mountain." The former song was a Top 20 country hit.
Marie went into brief retirement from the music business and pursued a career in acting in the early 1980s. She turned down the lead role as Sandy in Grease because she didnít approve of the scriptís moral content, and the role went to Olivia Newton-John. She appeared in some TV movies and did voice-over work for childrenís cartoons. In 1985, Marie and Dan Seals sang a duet called "Meet Me in Montana" which became a No.1 country hit that year.
Her follow-up to "Meet Me in Montana" was a solo hit called "Thereís No Stopping Your Heart," which reached No.1 in early 1986 for Marie. Her singles mainly focused on the more-popular Countrypolitan style. The last charting single came in 1995 with "What Kind of Man (Walks On a Woman)".
Marieís first "made for TV" movie was The Gift of Love which originally aired on ABC December 5, 1978. Marie Osmond had a recurring role on Ripleyís Believe It or Not for two seasons (1985-86), replacing Holly Palance.
The singer played her mother, Olive, in the TV movie Side By Side: The True Story Of The Osmond Family. She also starred in the TV movie I Married Wyatt Earp.
She appeared as herself in the 2001 TV movie Inside The Osmonds, which showed how the brothersí egos, their fatherís fiscal mismanagement, and the familyís quest to build a multimedia empire led to their downfall. The film was produced by her younger brother, Jimmy Osmond.
She garnered rave reviews in the Broadway musicals The King and I (as Anna) and The Sound of Music (as Maria) in the mid-1990s.
The 750-seat showroom at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada is frequently home to "Donny & Marie," a 90-minute variety show. The singing siblings are backed by eight dancers and a nine piece band. Patrons who purchase VIP tickets get to meet Donny and Marie after the show. "Donny & Marie".
In 2007, Marie appeared as a celebrity contestant on the fifth season of the ABC show Dancing with the Stars, paired with Jonathan Roberts, 2004 US Rising Star Latin Champion. Finishing in third place, she was the oldest woman to make it to the finals.
On November 26, 2007, Marie disappointed the judges during her freestyle performance when she attempted to imitate a doll as a nod to her fans. Judge Bruno Tonioli described her freestyle as "The loopiest thing I have ever seen. It defies critiquing. Itís like Baby Jane and the Bride of Chucky." She received the lowest scores in Dancing With the Stars finals history.
In 1991, Marie debuted her doll line on QVC. While QVC continues to be the dollís primary source of distribution, Marie has expanded the line into retail stores, Internet sales, and direct response. Marie celebrated her 18th Anniversary of selling dolls in August 2009. Her doll collection has won numerous award nominations, including "Trendsetter of the Year" and Dolls magazineís "Awards of Excellence."
Along with actor John Schneider, Marie Osmond co-founded the non-profit organization Childrenís Miracle Network in 1983. The CMN is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for childrenís hospitals across North America.
Osmond has been married and divorced twice and has eight children in total from the two marriages (including 5 adopted children).
In 1999, Osmond revealed that she had suffered from severe postnatal depression. She co-authored a book called Behind the Smile with Marcia Wilkie and Dr. Judith Moore which chronicles her experiences with postnatal depression.