Donny & Marie have been in present enterprise virtually so long as they have been brother and sister. Donny Osmond began acting at age 5 on "The Andy Williams Present," and went on to change into a teen idol. Marie Osmond made her debut with Andy Williams, too, at age three. She went on to nation music stardom with "Paper Roses."
Nevertheless it was the "Donny & Marie Present" that made the 2 one. "It is a chemistry," Marie mentioned, "like an acid peel!" ("She all the time has a joke," Donny replied.)
Quick ahead greater than three a long time, and Vegas introduced them collectively once more. For 3 years in a row, their revue on the Flamingo Las Vegas Resort and On line casino was voted the primary present.
Their followers hadn't gone anyplace; they got here out in droves. However after 11 years, Donny and Marie have determined they're going to deliver the curtain down on themselves this November.
"Why finish it after 11 years?" requested correspondent Lee Cowan. "You are still promoting out. It is nonetheless a vacation spot present. It is nonetheless getting awards. Why finish it?"
"You already know, there's an unwritten rule in present enterprise and that's, you need to know when to cease," mentioned Donny. "And until you cease, you may't progress."
Marie mentioned, "I simply suppose we're at a spot the place we nonetheless have numerous issues we need to do."
They've reinvented themselves earlier than. There's been Broadway, books and companies. They're Utah's most well-known export, by no means wavering from their Mormon religion.
Cowan requested, "The squeaky-clean picture that you simply're recognized for, did that ever get in the best way? Like, do you suppose if you did not have that picture, would you have got gone even additional?"
Even when confronted with chapter after their selection present was instantly cancelled, they by no means caved to temptation.
Marie mentioned, "I received this name from Playboy for $5 million. And I might have used [the money]." However she reasoned, "I would not wanna see my mother like that. And I actually wished to be a mother."
Yep, that healthful photographs just about leaves their futures baggage-free.
Marie, who's now 59, is occurring to daytime tv, the place she'll sit down as one of many hosts of "The Speak," right here on CBS, beginning tomorrow. "I really like an excellent problem," she mentioned. "And I really like one thing that challenges me to only be open and sincere. And there isn't any prep earlier than; you simply communicate."
"However there isn't any internet," Cowan mentioned.
"Oh, no. There isn't any internet. It's essential to know who you're when you're gonna do this present!" she laughed.
As for Donny, who turns 62 in December, he'll be specializing in a brand new solo album of all authentic songs.
He is been writing at his dwelling in Provo, Utah, a spot the place he normally hides from the highlight: "This can be a very uncommon factor, Lee! This can be a peek into my personal world, that I do not let anyone see."
It is no secret the Osmonds have fairly massive households, and Donny is not any exception. With Debbie, his spouse of 41 years, they've FIVE youngsters and 10 grandkids.
It is not often quiet round right here, and when he isn't being pushed into the pool, he is an enormous do-it-yourselfer round the home. Out again the place he is constructing a water characteristic for his grandkids by himself, he popped a wheelie in a backhoe.
Sure, Donny Osmond can sing – and drive a backhoe. "Whoo hoo!!!"
It is the form of care-free dwelling life the Osmonds not often skilled as youngsters.
Cowan requested, "Did you have got pals? Did you go to high school? How did that every one work?"
"Fascinating questions, as a result of I by no means had time to have pals or friends," Donny replied. "I used to be on the quilt of Tiger Beat and Sixteen Journal, and I used to be actually most likely some of the common teen idols on the time, however extraordinarily lonely."
When requested what recommendation she'd give her three-year-old self when she began performing, Marie mentioned, "Run!"
As the one sister within the Osmond clan, she had darker challenges than loneliness. "I had somewhat little bit of a battle backstage with some abuse," she mentioned. "And it was form of a choice: 'Is it safer on the market? Or is it not protected again right here?' And I by no means instructed anyone."
"No one knew?"
Not till she wrote about it later in life, when she additionally revealed her postpartum melancholy.
"All of us undergo issues, onerous issues," Marie mentioned. "I need not lay out all of the horribles. I do not suppose that helps anybody. However I do imagine that it is vital to be sincere."
She's that method, virtually to a fault. When she misplaced her son, Michael, to suicide in 2010, she used the tragedy to open a dialogue on psychological well being.
Cowan requested, "What was it that received you thru that complete ordeal? Or perhaps you are not by it?"
"You already know, I do not suppose you are ever by it," Marie mentioned. "I believe God provides you respites, after which rapidly it's going to hit you just like the day it did. The ripple impact is so big, what you allow behind."
Her life now is stuffed with pleasure, and filled with infants. She had eight kids, and (to date) 10 grandchildren.
Her getaway is their getaway, at St. George, Utah. She shares this mountain-top retreat with Steve Craig, her first husband, whom she remarried again in 2011.
"I used to be actually planning on being single the remainder of my life. Sincere!" she laughed.
By all their trials and tribulations, the stage has been a reasonably protected place for each Donny & Marie, which makes it a spot that is a lot tougher to depart.
Cowan requested, "What is the final present right here gonna be like for you guys?"
"Emotional," Donny mentioned. "I do not even wanna give it some thought."
"Effectively, I believe we'll simply get by it after which give it some thought after," Marie mentioned.
So, is Donnie & Marie actually over? Do not rely on it.
Donny mentioned, "By no means say 'By no means,' as a result of there may be one thing across the nook, Marie, that we have a look at one another and say, 'Let's attempt it.' You already know, why not?"
"I may be senile after I do it, however that is okay!" she laughed.