Vegas is Home for the Osmonds

03/22/2009 at 10:00 AM ET
Bauer Griffin

Following her stint on Dancing with the Stars three seasons ago, singer Marie Osmond joined forces with her brother Donny Osmond to perform at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. When she agreed to take the stage in Las Vegas, the 49-year-old knew that the only way that it would work was if she brought her family with her. Marie packed up and moved to Las Vegas with her six youngest children — Rachel Lauren, 19, Michael Brian, 17, Brandon Warren, 12, Brianna Patricia, 11, Matthew Richard, 9 and Abigail Michelle, 6.

Prior to agreeing to do the show, Marie checked to make sure that the community the family would be living in would be a good one. “Where I live in Las Vegas, it feels more like Orange County than the Strip. It is a very nice family community,” says Marie, adding that “I had to know this to be a great place for my children.” Now that the Donny & Marie show has been extended for two more years, Marie is also turning her focus to creating a new television talk show. However, she will not be moving to the West or East coast, but instead will keep her family based in Vegas because “I am a single mom.”

“It is important I am with them in the morning to get them off to school. While they are in school, I will go do the show and be home when they get back. I can give them dinner and put them to bed and then head off to the Flamingo to do my show. So, we are sure it is Vegas.”

Marie is not only a performer, but she is also a writer. After suffering through postpartum depression, Marie partnered with Marcia Wilkie and Dr. Judith Moore to write the book Behind the Smile in 1999. In her interview with Los Angeles Times, Marcia was asked if she agreed with Tom Cruise‘s statements regarding the use of anti-depressants to overcome postpartum depression, to which she replied that “My book was way before that. For me, all I could do was get out of bed, wash my face and go back to bed.” However, “I think nutrition has a lot to do with depression. But I also believe if you can’t get out of bed, if your life is darker than dark, you need something to help you through. So I can’t say I agree with everything he said.”

Marie is also mom to Stephen James, 25, and Jessica Marie, 21.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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Atlanta Private Investigator on

Vegas sounds like a great place. A very good friend of mine just moved there from South Carolina. I’m sure this city will spur on Marie’s career. Kudo’s to her for such a great career.

Jazz on

Hurray! Someone else with a large family!
My husband and I have 6 children. We said we would be done after the twins arrived 10 weeks ago, but we both know now that we really aren’t done. We figure that as long as we can afford it and give enough love to each child why not?
Beautiful names!

em on

5 of Marie’s children are adopted. I love large adoptive families like this and I love Marie!

Sam on

Why do people always feel the need to point out when someone’s children are adopted? No offense, but the fact that some of her children are adopted is irrelevant to this article.

aubrey madeline on

i love all her children names.

em on

Irrelevant to the article, but perhaps relevant to people’s discussion or comments here. I have adoption in my life and family in several different ways, and sometimes it’s hard to understand or remember that some people get sensitive about it!🙂

Rose on

Sam: I agree. Well said.

Manon on

I agree with Sam. These children are immediately set apart by commenting that they are adopted.

Sometimes pointing out someone is adopted is relevant. But usually not.

SH on

i don’t think anyone is setting the children apart in a bad way by saying they’re adopted. maybe that poster was trying to point out that marie didn’t give birth to 8 children, which i for one didn’t know, so i found that info useful and interesting. never did the thought of adopted vs. bio children cross my mind.

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