The singing group The Osmonds were popular in the 1960s. The two stand-outs were, of course, Donny and Marie, who hosted a variety show in the 1970s before launching solo careers. Today, they are one of the top acts in Las Vegas.
Most people know that the family is extremely talented and affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. But there are many behind-the-scenes stories about the Osmonds that you may not know, including tales of mental and physical abuse, health problems, and financial ruin.
Marie Was Just 15 When She Felt The Pressure To Be Skinny
Marie was not part of her brothers’ singing group, but when she was 15 years old she was asked to join her brother Donny on a TV program. She later recalled this was when she began feeling the pressure to be thin. She revealed: “I had producers take me out into the parking lot when I was 103 pounds and tell me that I was obese, disgusting and a disgrace to my family.”
While starring on the successful Donny & Marie show, she was reportedly threatened to sustain a weight of 97 pounds or the program would be canceled.