She started her career adding a little bit of country to one of show business' most successful families and now Marie Osmond has danced her way into the hearts of a whole new generation of fans. Olive Marie Osmond was the seventh of eight kids - and the only girl - born to George and Olive Osmond on October 13, 1959 in Ogden, Utah. She made her television debut at the age of three, performing with her brothers on The Andy Williams Show. Her brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay and Donny were enjoying a great deal of success touring and recording as The Osmonds throughout the late 60s and early 70s, and Donny was also recording on his own, hitting the charts with 'Puppy Love'. Marie was encouraged to give singing a try, and in 1973 released the country single 'Paper Roses,' which made it to number one of the country charts and crossed over to find success on the pop charts as well. Marie and her brother Donny starred in their own variety show, Donny & Marie, which ran from 1976 to 1979. The show was incredibly popular, thanks to the siblings' chemistry and their memorable duets, such as 'Deep Purple' and their signature song 'I'm A Little Bit Country/I'm a Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll.' Their first and only foray into film, 1978's Goin' Coconuts was a box office flop. After the show ended its run, Marie put music ion hold ant tried her hand at acting, turning down the role of Sandy in Grease (that eventually went to Olivia Newton-John) because, due to her strict Mormon upbringing, she didn't approve of the script. She starred in the TV movies I Married Wyatt Earp and Side by Side: The True Story of the Osmond Family, where she played her mother and set sail for romance on a two-part episode of The Love Boat. Marie had a few more country hits in the 1980s and then turned her attention to the theater, performing in the Broadway revivals of The King and I and The Sound of Music in the mid-90s. She reunited with her brother Donny for the talk show Donny and Marie, which ran from 1998-2000. In addition to performing, Marie has a highly successful line of collectible dolls, which she launched on QVC in 1991. Marie was introduced to a new generation of fans when she competed on the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars. She became a fan favorite on the show and came in third place. Now a spokeswoman for NutriSystem, Marie is now touring with her brothers and will return to TV in her own talk show set to debut in Fall of 2009.
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