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Marie Osmond Biography

Birth Name:
Olive Marie Osmond
Birth Place:
Ogden, Utah, United States
Actor, singer, author, TV host

Fast Facts

  • Got her first taste of the spotlight in 1963 at the age of 3 on The Andy Williams Show
  • Debuted on the pop and country charts 10 years later with the hit single "Paper Roses
  • " Studied martial arts under the tutelage of Chuck Norris
  • Was offered the lead role of Sandy in Grease (1978) but turned down the role on moral grounds: she disagreed with the character's decision to turn to bad behavior in order to woo a boy
  • In 1983, cofounded, with actor John Schneider, the Children's Miracle Network
  • In the early 1990s, debuted on Broadway as Anna in The King & I
  • An avid doll collector, she launched the Marie Osmond Fine Porcelain Collectors Dolls on QVC and at Disney theme parks in 1991
  • Penned the books Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Post-Partum Depression (2001), Might as Well Laugh About It Now (2010) and Marie Osmond's Heartfelt Giving: Sew and Quilt for Family and Friends (2010)
  • Caused a stir after fainting during a live Dancing With the Stars broadcast in 2007
  • Became a Nutrisystem weight-loss spokesperson