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Marie Osmond

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Olive Marie Osmond (born October 13, 1959 in Ogden, Utah) is an American entertainer, a member of the show business family, The Osmonds.

The only daughter of George and Olive Osmond and the 8th of their 9 children, Marie has released many albums and appeared on television for over 40 years. At age 13, her song "Paper Roses" reached No. 1 on the country music charts, making her the youngest female artist in history to top the chart. She has charted with her brother Donny ("I'm Leaving It All Up To You"; "Deep Purple"), Dan Seals ("Meet Me in Montana"), and Paul Davis ("You're Still New to Me"). Other solo hits included "This is the Way That I Feel," "There's No Stopping Your Heart", "Read my Lips" and "I Only Wanted You". She and Donny also had a hit variety show, Donny & Marie (1976-1979).

In October 1999, she disclosed she suffered from severe postpartum depression following the birth of her son. She became so despondent, she left her family, planning never to return. Her husband eventually reached her by cell phone, and convinced her to come home.

A regular on QVC, where her "Marie Osmond Fine Porcelain Collector Dolls" is its top-selling line, she has 8 children (5 adopted). Perhaps the only dent in her squeaky-clean image is her divorce after 2 years of marriage (her religion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discourages divorce; her older brother, Tom, divorced his first wife). She has also admitted to a not-always smooth relationship with her current husband.

Marie played her mother in the TV movie Side by Side: The True Story of the Osmond Family. She also starred in the TV movies "The Gift of Love" and "I Married Wyatt Earp". She garnered rave reviews as Anna in "The King and I" and Maria in "The Sound of Music" in the mid 90s, taking a break from her country music success. She returned to television with brother Donny in 1998 to cohost the Donny and Marie Show, a talk/entertainment show that lasted two seasons.

She appeared as herself in the 2001 TV movie Inside the Osmonds, which showed how the brothers' egos, their father's fiscal mismanagement, and the family's quest to build a multi-media empire led to their downfall. The film was produced by Jimmy Osmond.

Currently, Marie hosts her own radio show, Marie and Friends, a nationally syndicated program. She is the co-founder of Children's Miracle Network with actor John Schneider.

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