Donny Osmond

 

Biography

Born on December 9, 1957 in Ogden, Utah, Donny Osmond is a singer, actor and former teen idol who is best known for being half of the brother-sister singing act Donny and Marie and a member of the Osmond Brothers singing group. The son of Olive May Osmand and George Virl Osmond, he was raised as a Mormon in Utah. He was a member of the popular singing group The Osmond, along with Alan, Wayne, Merrill, and Jay. In 1971, they were asked by Andy Williams to audition for The Andy Williams Show, eventually becoming regulars. Donny made his debut on the show at the age of 5.Throughout the 1970s, Donny became a teen idol and achieved popularity as a solo singer. He achieved his first solo hit with Sweet and Innocent, a track that peaked at the seventh spot in the US in 1971. His Go Away Little Girl took on the top spot the same year. Donny Osmond tried to reinvent himself in the 1980s as a solo vocal artist to capture a young audience. He even auditioned to sing for guitarist Jeff Beck in the video for his 1985 single Ambitious. From 1976 to 1979, meanwhile, he hosted a television variety series on ABC called the Donny and Marie Show, something that came back in 1998, also called Donny and Marie. In 2002, Donny Osmond landed a hosting job for the syndicated television game show Pyramid and its British version in 2007. She returned to ABC as host of The Great American Dream Vote, debuting in 2007. Two years later in 2009, he was cast as one of the celebrities on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars, also with ABC.