A Svelte Star

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January 14, 2017 by genelup

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A svelte Marie Osmond keeps popping up in my living almost every night.  And she purrs the beauty of Nutrisystem, the diet plan to lose weight. She claims she has lost 50 pounds and also all her “stubborn belly fat.” Yes, she’s on those unending Nutrisystem television commercials.

 

 

Marie, 57, made headlines recently when she said she would be willing to perform if asked at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration this Friday.

 

“I think when it comes to our country we need to unite,” Osmond recently said in an interview. “I think we should all support our president whether we’re happy or sad. This is America.”

 

“We should come together, and I think an Inauguration should be a time to unite, it really should,” the singer concluded.   Osmond  made that surprising offer that could alienate her from the liberal elite in Hollywood, all for the sake of unity. Many entertainers have vowed to refuse to perform at the inauguration if asked. Marie Osmond and her brother, Donny, performed at President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration in 1981.

In 1985, I interviewed Marie Osmond for The Arizona Republic. “I’m a killer at dinner parties now; I know so much trivia,” she said during a telephone interview from her home in Provo, Utah. At that time she co-hosted with Jack Palance the TV episodes of Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

During this time, when she was 26, she also was on a singing tour with brothers Donny, Alan, Wayne and Merrill. Thirteen years earlier at age 13, she recorded Paper Roses, which became an instant hit. The recording climbed to No. 1 on the country music charts and broke into the top 5 on the pop charts.

While growing up in the shadow of her older brothers, Marie said, she was consumed by the idea “Well, I’m an Osmond, why can’t I get out there and sing? “Really, it was the only thing we knew while growing up.  You look at the glamorous side of everything…the part that people don’t see are the hours spent in rehearsal…working and learning and memorizing 35 to 75 pages of script (for the Ripley’s television series) in 2 ½ days. You learn to sacrifice and work hard and know that if you don’t get it done by the time the third day rolls around and the tape is rolling, you will be awfully embarrassed and waste millions of dollars.”

In 2007, Osmond lost her father, George, who died at his home in Utah while she was in California. She was still mourning the death of her father when she publicly acknowledged that her son, Michael, was in rehab for substance abuse problems. Tragically, in February 2010, Michael committed suicide by jumping from the eighth floor of his Los Angeles apartment. At that time she and her brother Donny were performing at the Flamingo Resort in Las Vegas.

Marie Osmond has had a full career, (she also performed with TV’s Dancing With the Stars).  For those too young to know much about Marie Osmond’ career, she is much more than just a Nutrisystem star. And, maybe she will perform at the Donald Trump’s inauguration.

 

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