Top 10 Mormons in Entertainment
Donny and Marie Osmond
One of America’s most enduring showbiz families, the Osmonds have provided the country with wholesome entertainment for decades. The two most famous of the performing family are siblings Donny and Marie. Their careers have included everything from a variety show to hit singles to Broadway musicals to QVC, where Marie sells a popular line of dolls. Both siblings also tried their hands – or, rather, their feet – at "Dancing with the Stars." Marie placed third in her season (her freestyle dance had her dressing up as one of her QVC dolls) and Donny won the great big mirror ball trophy two years later.
As for their own personal practices? When Donny was a teen, already a celebrity thanks to his song “Puppy Love,” he was excused from doing his mission trip because his worldwide success was bringing positive attention to the Mormon faith. Marie, a mother of 8, has experienced both joy and heartache in her personal life in recent years. Daughter Jessica came out as a lesbian, and though many in the LDS community disdain homosexuality, Marie openly embraced her daughter, adding, “When it comes to marriage...I think that civil rights need to be for all." Tragically, in February 2010, Marie's 18-year-old son Michael committed suicide after a long battle with depression.