Marie Osmond has a technical malfunction on her private jet to thank for allowing her to virtually witness the birth of her first grandchild after the incident grounded her plane in Missouri. The singer/actress was flying a guest home to the state after a Christmas gig with her brother Donny on 18 December (13) when her son Stephen Craig's wife, Claire, went into labour.
Osmond reveals she broke down in tears when she realised she wouldn't be able to be at the hospital in person, but modern technology allowed her to be virtually present for the birth via the Facetime app on her iPhone.
During a guest-hosting stint on U.S. daytime show The Talk on Friday (17Jan14), she explained, "I was flying (my friend) back to Springfield, Missouri and I got the call that Claire had gone into labour. And just then our pilot said our plane had lost all pressurisation and I was stuck - I call it Misery in Missouri.
"I went into the bathroom and I started crying, and I was like, 'God, really, my first grandkid?' And I went, 'No, don't go there...' She had the baby so quickly, like an hour and a half when she got to the hospital, and if I had been in the air, I would have missed the group texting and the jokes, and they Facetimed me right when the baby was born, and so I got to 'be' there. It was so awesome!"
Osmond also showed off a series of family photos before debuting her grandson in person on the show.
Donny Osmond has offered his support to embattled teenager Justin Bieber, insisting he can appreciate what the young star is going through as he grows up in the spotlight. Bieber has been making headlines throughout 2013 for a series of gaffes and blunders, ranging from showing up late at concerts to urinating in restaurant mop buckets and tagging walls in Brazil and Australia with graffiti.
He has also found himself in legal trouble following reports of erratic driving and noisy parties at his Calabasas, California home.
Like many people, former child star Osmond has been watching Bieber's antics, and now he is offering the youngster a little advice.
He tells Closer magazine, "I'm just a normal guy, and Donny & Marie (pop duo formed with his sister, Marie Osmond) left me with such a wacky image. Since (hits) Puppy Love and Go Away Little Girl were such big records, I went through a period when I hated it.
"Justin Bieber is feeling the pains of this right now. Everyone thinks he's still the kid who sang Baby, but he's an adult, and he's rebelling to show people he's an adult.
"(My advice is) just let it happen. You can't change history. When you hit it so big at such a young age, time freezes in people's minds. You just have to live with the consequences until enough time goes by - 20 or 30 years, in my case. You get to a time when you end up embracing it."
Veteran entertainer Marie Osmond is confident Britney Spears will settle in Las Vegas in no time when she starts her residency at the Planet Hollywood resort in December (13) - because it's like a "stay-at-home" job. The Paper Roses hitmaker is currently performing with her brother Donny at the Flamingo Las Vegas hotel and casino, and she admits juggling her career with motherhood has been made all the more bearable by working and living in one place.
Speaking on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, Osmond says, "I have loved Vegas actually because, being a mum, I have eight children - four at home still, and you know, it's a nice stay-at-home job.
"Celine (Dion), myself, we live there and there's something nice about not being on the road, not being at different venues. I tour for Christmas shows and things like that, but there's some stability and I can understand why she (Spears) wants to do that."
Dion is currently in residence at the Caesars Palace resort in Sin City.
Former child star Marie Osmond was scared into staying slim during her stint on 1970s variety show Donny & Marie after allegedly receiving threats about her weight from TV producers. The Paper Roses singer reveals her lifelong weight struggles began when she was guilt-tripped into shedding 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) as a teen in order to keep the show on the air and was told to keep the threats a secret from her family and her co-star, brother Donnie Osmond.
She tells U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams, "I weigh about 125 pounds right now, and I'm the same height I was (when) I was 14 years old when I started doing Donny & Marie... but I was about 103 pounds and I had producers take me out into parking lots and threaten me to never tell my parents and said that 200-and-something people's jobs were on my back and they were gonna cancel the show if I didn't drop 10 pounds... I didn't tell anybody about this... I got down to 93 pounds. (It was) totally crazy."
Osmond, now 53, admits her weight problems prompted her to try out every diet fad available, until she found healthy eating programme Nutrisystem, for which she is now a spokesperson.
She says, "I've been on every diet, from where you drink lemon water for three days, yeah, I've done it all. Finally you get smart and you realise that the only way to really lose weight is to eat food! Be healthy."
Michael Jackson used to call Donny Osmond and quiz him about his home life in an effort to learn the key to balancing his family and his career. The Puppy Love hitmaker reveals the King of Pop would confide in him about his struggles with fame and would regularly ask for advice.
Osmond tells the New York Daily News, "I've been in show business for 50 years, and the secret is stability, and that is home. What my wife, Debbie Osmond, has created at home gives me a foundation so that I can go back out in this crazy world...
"Michael Jackson would call me once in a while and ask me, 'How do you live your home life?' Michael would always say, 'What's your home life like?' He never had that kind of stability.
"He tried. I knew Mike so well, and I would go over to his house. It was all about gold records, it was all about accolades.
"You walk into my home, you wouldn't find a gold record on the wall. You would find pictures of my kids, pictures of the grandkids. That is what home is all about. If you can keep your perspective there, your feet stay on the ground."
Osmond pays tribute to the late superstar nightly during his Las Vegas residency with his sister Marie.
Jackson died in 2009.
Veteran entertainer Donny Osmond made a triumphant return to the Las Vegas stage on Tuesday night (03Sep13) for the first time since suffering a bizarre buttock injury in July (13). The Puppy Love hitmaker was performing with his sister Marie at the Flamingo hotel and casino earlier this summer (13) when he leaped on a piano and collapsed in pain.
The 55 year old underwent surgery to fix the torn muscle, forcing him to sit out a series of gigs, with Marie calling on their brother Merrill to step in as a temporary replacement.
The latest run of The Donny & Marie Show kicked off on Tuesday and Osmond was happy to be back.
Taking to his Twitter.com page before the concert, he wrote, "Rehearsals start in about 10 min... Tonight is the first show since surgery/rehab. Great to be back in Las Vegas."
However, Osmond's live comeback wasn't without one or two jabs from his cheeky sister, who poked fun at his need for stylish walking aids onstage.
In a Twitter post on Wednesday (04Sep13), she wrote, "Back on the boards @FlamingoVegas Feels great to be back. It's me, @donnyosmond & his flashy canes. Really???"
Veteran entertainer Donny Osmond is aiming to return to the Las Vegas stage in September (13) after a torn buttock muscle forced him to sit out a series of joint shows with his sister Marie. The pop star was performing with his sibling at the Flamingo hotel and casino last month (Jul13) when he leaped on a piano and aggravated an existing injury.
The 55 year old underwent surgery to repair his gluteus maximus, and he has since been resting up while Marie continues to honour their gigs, with their brother Merrill stepping as a temporary replacement.
Osmond has now opened up about the injury in a post on his official website, revealing he is working hard on his recovery and is hoping to be back on stage by September.
He writes, "I recently underwent a fairly routine but a fairly invasive surgery which is requiring a lot of rehab, recovery time and that I stay off my feet. Today, I'm happy to report that I'm doing much better, and will return to Las Vegas on September 3.
"Because of the nature of the injury, there will be some changes made to the show in Vegas. But, if there is one mantra I've lived with throughout my life, it's that 'the show must go on!' And, that's exactly what I'm going to do. And, hey... why not throw in a few new elements to the Donny & Marie Show."
Veteran pop star Donny Osmond has been forced to sit out his Las Vegas cabaret show after tearing his buttock muscle during a performance. The 55 year old was onstage with his sister Marie at the Flamingo hotel and casino recently when he leaped on a piano and aggravated an existing injury, according to LasVegasSun.com.
Reports suggest Osmond had to undergo surgery to repair his gluteus maximus and is now resting up. His brother Merrill has replaced him onstage with Marie and the Globe reports another singer is being groomed to stand-in for Donny on a more permanent basis until he's fully recovered.
His fun-loving sister says, "I've always known he's been a butt - but now he's proven it."
Marie Osmond fought back tears as she revealed her teenage son has checked into rehab during a TV interview on Wednesday night.
The singer, who buried her father on Friday, told CNN anchorman Larry King that another family crisis was brewing.
Her 16-year-old son Michael is seeking treatment for an undisclosed issue.
The "Paper Roses" singer said, "My son was put into a rehab... My son is amazing... He is the most amazing kid."
Brother Donny, who was sitting beside Marie for her appearance on Larry King Live, helped his sister find the right words as she struggled to maintain her composure on the show.
In a statement released earlier in the day, Marie said, "As his mother, I couldn't be more proud of him. The press and public have always been kind and gracious in the past and I know they will continue to respect our privacy during this time."
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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.