Donny And Marie Osmond Were Squeaky Clean ’70s Stars – But Here’s What Really Went On Backstage

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They were members of one of the most iconic family groups in music history. Indeed, they blazed a trail as the presenters of their very own variety show. Yes, we’re talking about singing siblings Donny and Marie Osmond. Their ’70s television program Donny and Marie was a certified hit with audiences. However, there was much more to it than meets the eye. Sadly, there were darker forces at play behind the scenes – ones so traumatizing that they would continue to plague the brother and sister duo for many years afterwards. Donny and Marie may have been all smiles in front of the camera, but they were masking some horrific secrets.

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When you talk about the most wholesome family troupes in music history, you’d be remiss not to bring up the Osmonds. These heavily religious siblings took the world by storm with their clean-cut image and shimmering pop sound. These ultimately made them one of the most popular acts of the early ’70s.

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Image: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

However, it was Donny Osmond who really took the lead in the group – despite the fact that he was a late addition. Yes, born in 1957 in Ogden, Utah, Donny first appeared on television with his brothers when he was just five years of age.

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