20 Q’s with Marie Osmond

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Editor Jeanette Bennett first interviewed Marie Osmond in 2004 for the Christmas cover. The two sat down again in March 2020.

Utah Valley Magazine is turning 20 this year! We’re catching up with past cover stories and asking 20 questions.

The cover of Utah Valley Magazine in November 2004.

What do you want to say to the Marie Osmond who appeared on the cover of Utah Valley Mag in November 2004? I want to say, “You’ve come a long way, baby!”

What do you remember about 2004? My mother was very sick, and I was taking care of my dad. I chose to do the radio show at that time so I could be in Utah with them. Those are the things you never regret — time with family.

What do you love about Utah? Whenever I come here, I am reminded how beautiful the mountains are.

What are your favorite things to do in Utah? I love going up the canyons to see the leaves and the colors.

Does Utah Valley feel like home? I’m a valley girl! It’s always been a place to come home to, and I’ve loved it for a long time.

What stands out to you from your childhood days in Utah? I was like the Selena Gomez of my era, and yet my parents still made me work hard when I came home from 16-hour workdays. I had to clean the toilets and do chores.

What stage of life are you in right now? For the first time in my entire life, I’m at peace. That comes with time and through choices. Life has not been easy for me — and it isn’t easy for anybody. And you can use that as an excuse or as motivation.

What are you a “little bit” of these days? I’m a little bit wiser. And a little bit opera.

What do you believe? What do you know for sure? I’m a seeker of truth. I believe in love, kindness and forgiveness. The older I get, the more I know you just can’t judge anyone. You do not know their history or how they process life’s events.

What advice would you give to women? The greatest thing you can do is focus on being nice. That’s the bottom line. If you’re not nice, find out why. Do some digging.

How has 2020 been for you so far? Crazy! I’ve been so busy doing “The Talk.” And Donny and I wrapped up our Vegas show at the end of last year after 11 years.

Was it hard to end the Vegas show after 1,730 performances with your brother? Yes. It was a wonderful place to live and to have a stay-at-home job. but it’s also nice to move onto other projects.

Any albums up your sleeve? I’m working on a symphonic American classic album to highlight all the sides of my voice before I get too old and don’t have it anymore!

You’ve chosen to headline the Young Ambassadors’ 50th anniversary show (which later got canceled). What do you love about this BYU performing group? When I was doing Broadway shows, I learned the number one place they find people for the traveling shows is Utah. They love Young Ambassadors because they can count on them not getting into trouble on the road. So I love being part of this group — and it’s my foot in BYU because I’m a Cougar!

Of the many chapters in your life, what stands out to you? My portfolio is large and spans TV, Broadway, business, nonprofits. But the most challenging and wonderful job in the world is being a mom.

And I hear being a grandma is pretty awesome, too, right? Yes! I have eight grandchildren and one on the way. I love going to T-ball games and just being with family.

You’ve remarried since I interviewed you last. What has it been like to remarry your first husband? All I can say is it was “a God thing.” The last thing I wanted was to get married again. But Steve had never remarried. I told him I’m a hard habit to break! We are having the time of our lives.

What have you learned from challenges? Life isn’t meant to be a joy ride. Man is that he might have joy, but joy is knowledge you gain. A mistake isn’t a mistake if you learn from it and move forward.

Don’t you wish you could pass wisdom onto your children? Yes! But wisdom is the gift we earn as we process what happened. The greatest gift we can give a 20-year-old is passion and the ability to set goals.

How can we as a community lift the rising generation? Help them develop a sense of self-esteem and self-worth. We need to teach them how to fail. They’ve got to learn to pick themselves back up. And I’ve had some experience with that!

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