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 and blazed a trail as the presenters of their very own variety show. Yes, we’re talking about Donny and Marie Osmond, whose ’70s series Donny and Marie was a certified hit with audiences.

Sadly, behind the scenes there were darker forces at play – ones so traumatizing that they would continue to plague the brother and sister duo for many years afterwards. So, while Donny and Marie may have been all smiles in front of the camera, they were also masking some horrific secrets.

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When you talk about the most wholesome groups in musical history, you’d be remiss not to bring up The Osmonds. The heavily religious siblings took the world by storm with their clean-cut image and shimmering pop sound; and, ultimately, they became of the most popular acts of the early ’70s.

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However, Donny really took the lead in the group – despite the fact that he was a late addition. And he also started his showbiz career at a very young age – first appearing on television with his brothers when he was just five years old.

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