Behind the Scenes
Marie Osmund was only 15 years old when she was offered a TV show spot with her brother Donny. It was around this time that she revealed she was being heavily pressured to stay skinny. In one interview she said, “I had producers take me out into the parking lot when I was 103 pounds and tell me that I was obese, disgusting and a disgrace to my family.”
She was even threatened that the show, Donniy & Marie would be canceled if she didn’t get down to 97 lbs.
Donny the Nerd
Donny has willingly admitted that he’s a total nerd, but he’s specifically a Mac geek. He actually designed the secret video control area that is located backstage at the Flamingo hotel and casino in Las Vegas, as well as the different computers and audio systems that run the shows.
When he wasn’t busy singing or acting he would put together the montages seen in the show. “It’s my little world,” he said.
Marie was known for her bright smile, but there was a lot of pain hidden behind it. She even wrote a book titled Behind the Smile to talk about the abuse that she suffered as a child. She refused to point fingers at her abuser, but she did say that it was neither a family member nor a friend. “During my childhood and teen years, I was abused. It ranged from invasions of privacy to having my personal property stolen, and, most damaging, to being sexually abused,” she wrote in the book.
The Osmund family was one of the most iconic groups on stage in their day, and they’re still kicking. We’ll bet you didn’t know these facts about them!