Veteran entertainer Jimmy Osmond was shocked into taking better care of his finances after he and his singer siblings lost $80 million (£50 million) to con men during the height of their fame. The Crazy Horses hitmaker, 50, reveals his 1970s family group The Osmonds fell victim to dodgy money managers who swindled millions from the pop stars, but Osmond is adamant the bad appointments and the family's subsequent loss of funds ended up being a good thing, because it helped the youngsters stay grounded.
He tells Britain's The Sunday Telegraph, "We never got allowances or anything as children. My dad always pooled our money and he was really smart and he invested all the money in various real estate portfolios. Thank goodness he did, as he was able to sell off a lot and clear our obligations when things changed.
"We amassed a lot of money but were good at entertaining and not business. We ended up hiring people to look after the money and then we wondered what happened.
"We lost about $80 million, maybe $100 million in today's money. But it's actually the best thing that ever happened to my brothers and me because it made us really appreciate how to manage money and it forced us to refocus.
"We'd got to the point where we could have our own airplanes, and your attitude changes when you have that kind of money. It didn't leave us destitute but we had to start over. It was a wonderful thing, because my brothers are the most humble guys you will ever meet."
Top Story: Hawaiians Keep Local on Idol
If there is one thing TV viewers have learned from the third installment of Fox's American Idol it's that the best singers don't always necessarily win, and judge Simon Cowell was right when he said Hawaiian native Jasmine Trias owed her home state a lot of thank you letters. Instead of getting the boot for her mediocre performance this week, Trias got a boost from the Aloha State. A Verizon spokesman told The Associated Press Thursday of the 29 states in the phone company's local territory, only New York and California logged more calls on its network than Hawaii after the show aired. The AP noted Hawaiian viewers also benefit from a less-crowded calling period to cast votes since the state is six hours behind the East Coast. To sweeten the pot, many in Hawaii are campaigning for Trias, including, Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona, a local newspaper, a radio hosts and a TV news anchor at KHON, who signed off with a reminder to vote for Trias. In the show's finale, which airs May 25-26, Trias, Fantasia Barrino or Diana DeGarmo will be the crowned American Idol and win a coveted record contract.
Rupert Gets $1 Million Survivor Consolation Prize
Rupert Boneham, the bearded giant from Indianapolis, won the $1 million consolation prize during CBS' special edition of Survivor All-Stars Thursday night, which host Jeff Probst jokingly referred to as America's Tribal Council. During the Sunday night finale, CBS had called on fans to vote one of the losing 17 contestants of Survivor All-Stars a second million-dollar prize. Following winner Boneham in the votes were Tom Buchanan, Colby Donaldson and "Boston Rob" Mariano-who lost the show's initial $1 million prize to his fiancée, Amber Brkich. And get ready for more Survivor love-fest: Mariano and Brkich, who became engaged during Sunday's live finale, said a network had approached them about televising their wedding.
Frasier Crane Has Left the Building
The multiple Emmy-winning NBC comedy Frasier ended it 11-year run Thursday night with its trademark antics: Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and wife Daphne (Jane Leeves) welcomed their first child, while Martin (John Mahoney) got hitched to Ronee (Wendie Malick). Series star Frasier, Kelsey Grammer, made the decision to leave Seattle and accept a new job hosting a TV show in San Francisco. But the surprise came during final scene, which showed Frasier in a plane touching down with the pilot announcing, "Welcome to Chicago"--the city where his potential soul mate Charlotte (Laura Linney) had just moved. The touching farewell will surely fuel rumors of a possible spin-off in the Windy City.
Jackson Prosecutors Want Gag Order Upheld
Santa Barbara County prosecutors submitted a letter to the state Supreme Court Thursday asking that a gag in the Michael Jackson child molestation case be upheld in order in order to maintain an untainted jury pool. The letter comes in response to a request from news organizations to lift the gag order, which bars anyone connected to the case from talking about it. Attorney Theodore Boutrous, who represents the news organizations, said in an interview the prosecution's attack on the news media access was unusual. "The notion that public information should be limited in cases where public interest is the highest offends First Amendment values," Boutrous said. The Supreme Court has asked both sides to submit arguments by Friday.
Kelly Rowlands Engaged to Dallas Cowboy
Columbia Records announced Friday that Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland is engaged to Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams. Williams proposed in New York on Monday in a room filled with friends--including fellow Destiny's Child singer Beyoncé Knowles, AP reports. Rowland and Williams, both 23, haven't set a date for the wedding. They have been dating for about six months. Rowland, who won a Grammy last year for collaborating with Nelly on the hit single "Dilemma" from her solo albumSimply Deep, is due back in the studio with Destiny's Child next month to record a new album.
Weinstein To Publish Memoirs
Publisher HarperCollins announced Thursday that Miramax film studio co-founder Harvey Weinstein is writing a memoir. Weinstein, known for his feisty temper and producing critically acclaimed films, will tell the history of how he and his brother Bob grew up in a "lower-middle class" household in Queens, New York, and founded the studio named after their parents, Miriam and Max, Reuters reports. "This book offers a great opportunity to share many of the lessons I've learned about the business world and the entertainment industry over the past 25 years," Weinstein said in a news release. The book is due out in 2006.
Osmonds Beef Up Security at Mother's Funeral
The Osmond family has upped security for Olive Osmond's funeral after being informed of rumors of a $30,000 bounty for a photograph of the family matriarch in her coffin. According to the AP, fans contacted the Osmond Brothers to let them know them a Web site had posted a rumor offering money for "a photograph of Mrs. Osmond with the children around the coffin mourning, but they want her in the coffin." Osmond family spokesman Ron Clark didn't corroborate the rumor, but said extra security had been added for the Saturday funeral at Provo's Oak Hills Stake Center, a meetinghouse for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Olive Osmond, mother of Donny and Marie Osmond and other members of the Utah entertainment family, died Sunday of complications from a stroke at the age of 79.
Role Call: Bruce Almighty Sequel in Works
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures and Spyglass are in talks to mount a Bruce Almighty sequel based on the freestanding script The Passion of the Ark from Bobby Florsheim and Josh Stolberg. According to Variety, but the plan is to court Jim Carrey to reprise and to have Tom Shadyac return as director.
Top Story: "Survivor" Finalists Get Engaged
The Sunday night two-hour season finale of CBS' Survivor All-Stars reeked of The Bachelor--with a little American Idol thrown in. After the final four contestants were whittled down to two and before host Jeff Probst announced the $1 million winner live from Madison Square Garden in New York, finalists "Boston Rob" Mariano and Amber Brkich got engaged. In what could easily go down as the cheesiest moment in reality TV history, Mariano pulled out an engagement ring and proposed to Brkich, who was sporting a chic "I (heart) Rob" T-shirt. "We didn't even care who was going to win," Brkich told The Associated Press today. "We knew we both had each other for the rest of our lives." And the jackpot probably helped sweeten the moment, too: Brkich beat Mariano by a 4-3 vote. But the show isn't over yet folks. The network announced it was calling on fans to vote one of the losing 17 contestants of Survivor All-Stars a second million-dollar prize, which will be handed out on a live telecast Thursday night.
Anti-Camcording Law Nabs First Pirate
A Los Angeles-area man was sent to jail for 42 days in the first sentencing under California's new anti-camcording law, which was enacted Jan. 1. Reuters reports Ruben Moreno, 34, was also given three years' probation and ordered to forfeit his camcorder during sentencing at Los Angeles Superior Court May 3. According to the Motion Picture Assn. of America, Moreno was caught taping The Alamo at the Pacific Winnetka Theater in Los Angeles April 12 after a projectionist noticed the light from his video camera. The sighting was confirmed through night vision goggles.
Rapper 50 Cent in Scuffle
Police in Springfield, Mass., had to break up a shoving match early Saturday morning at the Hippodrome club after rapper 50 Cent and his entourage jumped from the stage during a surprise appearance and scuffled with the audience, the AP reports. According to the club's co-owner, 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, jumped off the stage about 10 minutes into his performance after someone in the crowd flung water at him. The rapper then got back on stage to finish his song before exiting the club with his entourage. Two men were charged with disturbing the peace. Police also were investigating whether a nearby shooting was related.
Elton John Adds 15 Dates to Vegas Show
"The Red Piano," singer Elton John's three-year gig at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, is scoring sellouts since it began Feb. 13, leading organizers to add 15 dates to the 2004 run. John's Colosseum deal originally called for 75 shows over three years. Reuters reports the show has grossed $14.5 million from 19 sellouts that drew an audience of 75,276. "The Red Piano" resumes July 23 and ends Aug. 8, with the additional 15 dates running between Oct. 12 and 31. Tickets for the show are priced at $100, $175 and $250.
Actor and Comedian Alan King Dies
Actor and comedian Alan King died Sunday in New York at the age of 76, the AP reports. The Brooklyn-born standup comic was a popular guest on TV comedy and variety shows for decades, and often guest-hosted for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. King broke into show business while still in his teens, doing comedy in the Catskills, then moving on to nightclubs. His film career began in the 1950s with small parts and went on to star in Bye Bye Braverman, The Anderson Tapes, Just Tell Me What You Want, Author! Author!, I, the Jury, Lovesick and The Bonfire of the Vanities. He also penned a number of books and produced movies and stage plays.
Marie and Donny Osmond's Mother Dies
Marie and Donny Osmond's mother, Olive Osmond, died Sunday in Provo, Utah, of complications from a massive stroke she suffered more than two years ago. She was 79. Family spokesman Ron Clark told the AP family members were by her bedside. Olive and her husband George had nine children, including Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay, who performed as the Osmond Brothers, producing 34 gold and platinum records in the '60s and '70s. Donny, Marie and Jimmy Osmond later joined them. Then, from 1976-79, Donny and Marie Osmond hosted the The Donny and Marie Show, produced in part by their older brothers. Olive Osmond is survived by her husband, nine children, 55 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Smokey Robinson Markets Soul Food
Fans of Motown legend Smokey Robinson will now be able to "Shop Around"--not for the single, but for gumbo. Reuters reports Smokey Robinson's Foods has introduced its first product, Soul Is in the Bowl Gumbo, to the Chicago market available there through Albertson's subsidiary, Jewel-Osco. Robinson's gumbo is located in the frozen food section and regularly priced at $2.89, with a portion of the company's profits used to further education for minority children. The gumbo hits Southern and Northern California in May with a national rollout planned before the end of the year.
Role Call: DreamWorks Snatches Rights to Boys Rebellion
After 60 Minutes aired a report last week on Michael D'Antonio's book The State Boys Rebellion, DreamWorks paid mid-six figures to secure the rights. The book follows Frederick Boyce and his friends, now in their 60s, who spent their childhoods in the Walter E. Fernald School for the Feebleminded in Massachusetts as part of a government program that locked poor or uneducated children into mental institutions from the early 1900s through the 1970s. The children were neglected, abused and used for scientific experiments as part of the eugenics movement that tried to separate people considered to be genetically inferior from the rest of society in order to prevent them from reproducing.