Best known as the “cute” member of the 1970s band The Osmonds, Donny Osmond went on to become a world-renowned solo artist, actor, game show host, and the one that once stole his brother’s date, who eventually became his wife.
Donny released an impressive 60 albums during his career as well as a long-running Las Vegas residency with his younger sister, Marie. With a varied and prosperous life in showbiz, his favorite memory of them all might come as a surprise.
During an interview with HuffPost Live in January 2015, Donny revealed the inspiration behind two of his songs, “Your Song” and “Could She Be Mine” on his album, The Soundtrack Of My Life.
As it turns out, it had everything to do with an Elton John concert in 1976 and how he stole his brother’s date.
“I vividly remember when Elton sat down to sing ‘Your Song,’ I looked over at my brother and his date, and I thought to myself, ‘Someday, I’m going to marry my brother’s date,’” Donny said.
They had been out on a double date, and Donny dated a girl named Tammy at the time, while his brother Jay brought along a “cute cheerleader,” Debbie for the evening.
Donny decided to ask Debbie on a date without consulting Jay, but she showed no interest at first. “I just called her up and said, ‘Hey, do you wanna go out with me now?’” he told HuffPost Live. “She turned me down. So the chase was on.”
As a teen idol, Donny had no trouble in “getting the girl” until Debbie, which made him chase after her even more. Many tries later, Debbie finally agreed to go out with Donny and three and a half years later; they got married at just 20 years old.
After a marriage of 37 years, Donny shared their secret to a happy marriage during an interview with MirrorOnline in December 2014.
"The key is we’ve never stopped dating. On our first anniversary, I sent her 144 red roses – a dozen roses for every month we were married. Last year, I surprised her with a trip to a mountain cabin,” Donny elaborated.
With a history in the public spotlight, Donny also revealed that he separated his career and his personal life.
"I live two different lives. At work, I’m focused, passionate, and take it all in my stride. A billboard with my face on doesn’t phase me,” Donny said. “But at home, I’m dad, a husband, a grandfather and I’m laid back. I mow the lawn; I don’t have ‘people’ running around after me.”
With an ever-evolving career, Donny and his sister, Marie made a big announcement regarding their Las Vegas residency in March 2019.
For 11 years, the pair performed together on the Las Vegas stage. With heavy hearts, Marie and Donny Osmond announced the end of their Las Vegas residency, which will officially come to a close in November 2019.