If you think Marie Osmond looks like she doesn’t age, well, maybe it’s true! “I’m planning my last 29th birthday… in paradise,” the veteran entertainer joked recently on Instagram. Marie, who actually turns 59 on Oct. 13, will celebrate with a concert spectacular in Honolulu, and she’s “thrilled” that her wish is coming true.
“I’ve spent the last 10 years celebrating my birthdays with Donny,” she says of her brother on Instagram, with whom she’s usually performing for their Las Vegas residency. “This year, I want to work with, and pay tribute to, the original four Osmond Brothers who started it all,” she explains. “Without them, there never would have been any of the rest of us performing Osmonds!”
Alan, 69, Wayne, 67, Merrill, 65, and Jay Osmond, 63, began singing as a barbershop quartet and performed regularly on The Andy Williams Show in the 1960s. Their success led to Donny, 60, and Jimmy, 55, joining the group — and later gave a boost to Donny and Marie, who became superstars.
“I spent my entire young life idolizing these extraordinarily talented guys,” Marie says. And now she’s convinced Alan and Wayne to come out of retirement to join her onstage “to perform one last time,” she raves, admitting, “I may have twisted their arms a bit.”
She clearly adores her big brothers. Merrill she praises as “an incredible writer and lyricist,” and Jay, “was known in the ’70s as one of the world’s best drummers.” She adds that he “captured millions of hearts following the cameras during tapings of The Andy Williams Show.”
Marie also announced one more “amazing talent” to the performance — her nephew, David Osmond. “Wait til you hear his opera voice in our special duet that will honor the kids helped by @cmnhospitals,” she says. So how did she convince her idols to join in this extraordinary reunion? “Well,” Marie says, “I am their only sister!”
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