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Marie Osmond is a singer, performer, entrepreneur, and member of the famous Osmond Family. She was born Olive Marie Osmond on October 13, 1959, in Ogden, Utah. Her parents were Olive and George Osmond. Marie Osmond was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with her eight brothers Virl, Tom, Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny, and Jimmy Osmond.

Marie claims hit records, network television shows, Broadway musicals, movies of the week, world-wide concert tours, a top ten New York Times best selling book author, television commercials, lecture tours and an extremely successful Marie Osmond Collector Dolls business. With all her successes over 40 years in the entertainment industry, Marie’s legion of fans now spans generations (Marie's website bio).

Marie's brothers were already famous when she made her first appearance on the Andy Williams show in 1963 at the age of three. At age 13 she released the song "Paper Roses," which hit #1 on the country music charts and #5 on the pop music charts. She began performing with the Osmond Brothers, and they changed their performing name to "The Osmonds." In her young teens she was nominated for grammy awards.

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Marie co-hosted the "Donny and Marie Show" with Donny Osmond from 1976 to 1981. Marie then appeared in several TV shows, co-hosted "Ripley's Believe It or Not," and performed voice-overs for children's videos. She also recorded many very successful country music albums. Marie created a show with five of her children called "Marie Osmond's Magic of Christmas." The show played at major U.S. venues during the 80's and 90's, and was reprised in 2006.

Marie Osmond played the part of Maria in the national touring company of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" in 1994 and 1995, and again in 1997. In 1997, she starred in "The King and I" on Broadway, and took the play to Los Angeles and San Francisco in 1998. From 1998 to 2000, she and Donny co-hosted the talk show "Donny and Marie." She performed with Donny at the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. In 2003, she and Donny performed in the humorous Pepsi Twist television commercial with Ozzie Osbourne and his family. In August, 2003, she received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. In 2004 she hosted a radio show called "Marie and Friends." She was a judge on the TV talent competition "Celebrity Duets," and she came in third on season five of "Dancing with the Stars." Beginning September 9, 2008, she and Donny will stage an ongoing variety show at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.

In 1991 Marie launched the "Marie Osmond Fine Porcelain Collector Dolls" line on QVC, which quickly became their best-selling line of dolls. She has sculpted and designed dolls, showing her talents as an artist as well as an entrepreneur. She has a new line of products for the home sewing and crafting market, as well. These are spotlighted on QVC Network's "Crafting with Marie" program. Marie is the co-founder of Children's Miracle Network, a project of The Osmond Foundation. It has raised nearly 4 million dollars since 1983 for children's hospitals in the U.S. and Canada.

Marie is the proud mother of eight children.

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