Olive Marie Osmond, born October 13, 1959, is an American actress, singer, writer, philanthropist and talk show host. She is also a member the Osmonds showbiz family. Although she wasn’t part of her family singing group, Osmond achieved success as a pop and country music artist, television host and variety show cohost in the 1970s. Her most well-known song is the remake of “Paper Roses”, a country pop tune. She hosted Donny & Marie, a television variety show that featured her brother Donny Osmond. She was not part of her family’s vocal group but she achieved success as a pop and country music artist, television host and cohost in the 1970s and 1980s. Her most well-known song is “Paper Roses”, a remake of the country rock ballad. She and her brother Donny Osmond, her singer, hosted the television variety program Donny & Maria from 1976 to 1979.
Acting as a career
Marie Osmond and her brother Donny hosted a variety show in 1975. It was later renewed mid-season to become a weekly variety program. The show was first broadcast on ABC in 1976 under the name Donny & Marie. It aired until 1978, when it was renamed The Osmond Family Hour. Osmond’s first movie made for TV was The Gift of Love, which originally aired on ABC December 5, 1978. The movie was loosely inspired by the O. Henry story, “The Gift of the Magi”. Timothy Bottoms was her co-star and she got her first kiss on screen in this movie. Osmond was also featured in Marie, a sitcom that didn’t make it onto the new season schedule. Marie, her own variety program on NBC that ran for half a year, was Osmond’s first show.
Marie played a small role in the 1982 TV movie Rooster as Sister Mae Davis. She starred as Josephine ‘Josie ‘Mart Earp’ Marcus, the wife of Earp the following year. Osmond was the voice of two animated characters in 1984, The Nursery Magic Fairy/Velveteen Rabbit from The Velveteen Rabbit, and Rose Petal in The Velveteen Rabbit’s TV short Rose Petal. Rose Petal also appeared in the TV movie Rose Petal: Real Friends. Osmond was then a regular co-host on ABC’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for two seasons. In 1985-86 she replaced Palance’s little girl Holly. She presented and narrated segments that were based on Robert Ripley’s travels and discoveries. After that, she played the role of Olive Osmond, her mother, in Side by Side: the True Story of the Osmond Family. Jimmy Osmond, her younger brother produced the film.
Osmond was married three times to the same man, twice to the exact same man.
She was first engaged to Jeff Crayton in May 1979, while she was still a student of acting. They broke up in July that year. Andy Cohen interviewed her about her brief relationship with Erik Estrada during a January 2019 episode of Watch What Happens Live. Andy Gibb was also her date at the time.
Osmond married Stephen Lyle Craig on June 26, 1982. Craig was a Brigham Young University basketball player. Stephen James Craig was their only child. They divorced in 1985.
Osmond wed Brian Blosil in the Jordan River Temple, Utah on October 28, 1986. Osmond and Blosil were blessed with two children: Rachael, and Matthew. They adopted five more children, Jessica, Michael Brandon, Brianna, Brianna, Abigail, and Brandon. Blosil and Osmond announced their impending divorce in March 2007. The parties jointly released a statement in which they stated that neither of them was responsible for the divorce.