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12 April 2022, 16:12
Donny Osmond was one of the biggest popstars on the planet in the 1970s.
The American singer, dancer, actor and TV host first found fame performing with four of his older brothers as The Osmonds.
The group scored many international hits and best-selling albums. In the early 1970s, Donny began a solo career, becoming a massive star on his own.
Donny teamed up with his sister Marie Osmond for their popular TV show Donny & Marie in the late 1970s, and also scored several hits as a duo, before reuniting for a talk show in 2000 and an 11-year residency in Las Vegas.
He has also competed on reality TV shows, winning season 9 of Dancing with the Stars and was the runner-up for season 1 of The Masked Singer in the US.
Donny Osmond was born on December 9, 1957. He celebrated his 64th birthday in 2021.
He was born in Ogden, Utah, and was the seventh son of parents Olive May (1925–2004) and George Virl Osmond (1917–2007).
His siblings are:
Alan, Jay, Merrill, Wayne, and Donny were members of the Osmonds together (previously known as the Osmond Brothers before Donny joined).
Donny was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah along with his siblings.
He has traced some of his family ancestry back to Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, which was documented in the TV show Donny Osmond Coming Home. A plaque has been unveiled in the town to commemorate 'the ancestors of Donny Osmond.'
In 1978, Donny Osmond married partner Debra (née Glenn).
Together they have five sons: Don, Jeremy, Brandon, Christopher and Joshua.
The Osmonds first became grandparents in 2005, and have twelve grandchildren in total as of 2022.
Donny Osmond was just 13 when he recorded his first solo material. His best-known songs are: