One of the renowned celebrity families in the world, The Osmonds have been enjoying immense fame in show business for over four decades. Starting as a relatively low-profile barbershop quartet, they have come a long way. The group started with Wayne, Merrill, Alan and Jay, who were later joined by Donny and Jimmy. The siblings later went on to be renowned as The Osmonds pop band.
Later, Donny and their only sister, Marie, ventured into TV with a variety show aptly titled Donny and Marie, from 1976 to 1979. The brother and sister duo still performs on different occasions.
Having been in the limelight for more than four decades, both positive or negative secrets tend to come up during family reunions and run-ins. The family has tried their best to suppress some mishaps in their lives, but the truth always finds a way to reveal itself. Here are some of the Osmond family secrets that you may have no idea about.
Dieting for fame
We hear a lot of stories of actors gaining or losing weight and all that just for a role. However, Marie’s case was a bit different and to be honest, the worst one. She was only fifteen when she was offered her own TV show. The show came with both blessings and hard times. The producers on the show repeatedly harassed Marie, compelling her to lose weight. She reported that the producers said she was “obese, disgusting, and a disgrace to the family.” They even threatened to cancel the show if she didn’t oblige. She shrunk from 103 to 97 pounds without even eating a single calorie. Further, she followed a strict diet plan and shed off dozens of pounds to become fit for television. The state was a really gruesome experience for Marie, which brought along several health issues.
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Friends With MJ
Back in the day, The Osmonds and the Jackson 5 were among the top music groups. The fierce competition in the music industry can easily create some tension among the groups. However, that was not the case between the Osmonds and the Jacksons. In fact, the then teen pop sensation, Donny Osmond and the King of Pop, Michael Jackson were really good friends and they hung out together a lot. Many songs written for the Jackson 5 were given to the Osmonds and vice versa. Not only were Donny and MJ friends, but both artists were also very close with Prince as well.
Started in Disneyland
Originally from Ogden, Utah, The Osmond family didn’t have much opportunity to sign a record label there. So, the family headed to LA trying to meet record executives and land a major record deal. However, on the day that they were supposed to meet with a record manager the meeting got postponed due to his busy schedule. So, father George took the family to Disneyland, where they performed with The Dapper Dans, Disney barbershop quartet, and attracted a large crowd. Among the audience was Tommy Walker, who was the director of guest relations at the park, who approached the kids to sing in Disneyland after dark the same night. The place, which is considered as the happiest place on Earth, brought fortune into their lives.
The Osmond family knows their roots. The family has repeatedly stated that ‘the church is one of the most important things in their life’ and their generosity is reflected in their actions. 10% of the family’s earnings always goes to their church, which helps a huge number of Christians around the globe. Donny runs the Osmond Foundation for the Children of the World and Marie plays a significant part in the Children’s Miracle Network.
Made No Money
The Osmond family sold more than 100 million records all across the world. However, the money they made from record sales were practically null. Considering the fact that Jimmy Osmond was the UK’s youngest ever no. 1 performer, you’d imagine that he made a huge fortune from the millions of album sales. In fact, Jimmy has acknowledged that the show business is not a fair business. He claimed,
We sold 100 million records, and the money we made on record sales is peanuts.
However, the family collected around $80 million from live performances, movies and TV shows they were in.
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