As part of Utah's Osmond dynasty, it seems only natural that Marie Osmond, the second youngest of nine children and the only girl, would join the family business and become an entertainer herself. Marie was first thrust into the spotlight in 1963 on The Andy Williams Show when the host placed the three-year old on his lap and introduced her as "the youngest Osmond Brother."
Whereas her brothers all found success in pop music, Marie was drawn to country and western and at the age of 13 she became a country and western singer herself with the chart-topping hit Paper Roses, marking the first time in country music history that a female artist debuted with a #1 record. Barely a teenager, Marie garnered a gold record and Grammy nominations for 1974's Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best New Artist.
After the Paper Roses album, she released In My Little Corner of the World and Who's Sorry Now . Among the many television guest appearances she made, one featured her duet with Donny entitled, I'm Leavin' It All Up To You, their #4 selling pop record. That in turn led to their weekly variety series, The Donny & Marie Show from 1976 to 1981. Each week the show opened with Marie sweetly proclaiming "I'm a little bit country," answered by Donny's "and I'm a little bit rock and roll." The duo would host a series of comedy sketches and musical segments.
In 1979, Marie starred in the Christmas Classic television movie The Gift of Love with James Woods. Following that, she played the role of her mother Olive for the 1982 television movie Side by Side: The Story of the Osmond Family. Later she went on to co-host the television series Ripley's Believe It Or Not. She also had lent her voice-over and signing talents to children's videos such as The Velveteen Rabbit, Rose-Petal Place: Real Friends, Buster and Chauncey's Silent Night and O' Christmas Tree.
In 2003, Marie and her family received a star on Hollywood's prestigious Walk of Fame. After 40 years of television, 47 gold and platinum records and selling over 100 million records worldwide, the Osmonds are acclaimed as one of the most prolific entertainment families in the world.
Marie's highly successful career had involved her in every medium of entertainment except radio, until 2004 when she launched into a whole new experiment with her fun and informative nationally syndicated talk/music radio show entitled Marie & Friends.
In addition to being an international celebrity, Marie is also a savvy businesswoman. In 1991, she launched the Marie Osmond Fine Porcelain Collector Dolls line on QVC and at Disney theme parks. It has become QVC's top selling doll line, was nominated for Trendsetter of the Year in the collectibles industry.