Beginning with her national debut at age three on “The Andy Williams Show”, Marie has proven to be a resilient talent with a magnetic presence known across generations. Performing for almost five continuous decades is a rare accomplishment for a woman in the entertainment business.
Marie recorded “Paper Roses” at age twelve, making history as the youngest female artist to have her debut record go to Number One on the charts along with a Grammy nomination.
An additional historic “first,” Marie became the youngest-ever host of a national television variety show, “The Donny & Marie Show” (1976-81);”appointment television” for millions and dubbed into 17 languages. Marie’s unique style and fashion ingenuity established her as a monumental trendsetter, an ongoing reality today.
On film, Marie starred in The Gift of Love (1979), Side By Side (1982)and I Married Wyatt Earp (1983)….oh, yeah…and Goin’ Coconuts (some things you never stop paying for…smiles)
Among her 27 albums and numerous gold records, another career highlight was winning a Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year award for “Meet Me in Montana.”
Whether performing live for the 2002 Olympics or being in the number one Superbowl 2003 commercial, Marie constantly evolves her talents such as starring on Broadway in shows like The Sound of Music and The King and I, which garnered rave reviews.
Another record-breaker, In 2001 Marie became the first-ever celebrity to publicly write about her experience with Postpartum Depression, Behind the Smile, a New York Times bestseller. In April of 2009, her next book, Might As Well Laugh About It Now, was an instant New York Times bestseller (8 weeks).
Her national radio show Marie and Friends was Number One in the markets and her annual “Magic of Christmas” tour is a standing-room only event in venues across the country.
On Season Five of Dancing With the Stars, 25 million people watched Marie’s enthusiasm and determination and her significant weight loss with NutriSystem, and voted her into the finale. Her infamous faint has been replayed millions of times on TV and YouTube, to which Marie responded: “I hit my head so hard when I passed out….I won, right?”
Besides being an international entertainment icon, Marie is a savvy businesswoman. For over 18 years, “Marie Osmond Dolls” has received Dolls of Excellence and Doll of the Year awards and nominations; making her one of the top doll designers in the world. Marie Osmond Dolls is the top selling line of dolls on QVC.
Marie has also expanded her many various business activities into her own line of sewing machines with Janome, and crafting products as well as a new launch with Giftcraft, creating beautiful home d袯r and fashion products. Marie’s new line of jewelry for QVC: Shine by Marie Osmond, debuts in October of 2009.
As co-founder of Children’s Miracle Network, Marie helps over 17 million kids every year, throughout the U.S, Canada and Europe, providing state-of-the-art health care for kids. To date, her charity has raised over 3.6 billion dollars; 100 percent of funds going to the children. Marie also serves as a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association and “Go Red for Women.”
A new album, Donny & Marie (2011) with her brother, Donny, (their first together in almost 30 years)has been released; preceded by Marie’s highly-anticipated inspirational album, I Can Do This (2010), which showcases her range from Country to Opera. She chose each of the songs as a simple gift of thanks to a loving God, for the ‘school’ of life here on this earth. It is a collection of songs from the timeless classic “How Great Thou Art” to the breath-taking operatic “Pie Jesu” to the rousing contemporary, “World Without Walls.”
Marie currently performs to sold-out crowds and great reviews in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Showroom five nights a week with Donny. “Donny and Marie,” is the first time the duo has reunited on the stage in over 28 years. Their contract has been renewed to December of 2012.
Marie most recently received rave reviews performing with Donny for the prestigious invite-only UK television show for the ITV channel, An Audience With....
Above every other accomplishment, Marie is the proud mother of eight beautiful children who are always her greatest treasures.