Meditations on the Osmonds

23 Oct


For my birthday, my college friend and I went to see Donny and Marie Osmond at the Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas.  In the audience we saw two young ladies, one young man, and no one else under the age of 50.  We had fun, though the show was not as spectacular as we had hoped (or as my grandmother had led me to believe).

What I came away with was a deep sadness over the differences between how these two siblings seem to be handling life.  Let me say up front that I have very little familiarity with the Osmond family, other than a deep and abiding junior high love of Soldier of Love and annoyance that people in my childhood would ask me if I was related to them, because ‘Osborn’ and ‘Osmond’ are clearly the same last name.

Throughout the show, Marie seemed obsessed with her age.  She make frequent jokes about being 29, another about hot flashes, and various comments about having no wrinkles.  Donny on the other hand, though injured, did none of this.  The contrast was so striking—one person being comfortable and the other not.  Same goes for Marie’s dozen costume changes.  Some of this is the unfair burden placed on women versus men in society, especially show business.

My overall impression was that of sadness for Marie Osmond, not for the tragedies of her life (which I am sympathetic to) but that she, despite fame, doesn’t seem happy.  She seemed to be trying soooo hard that it hurt my little heart.   Is it harder to be a working celeb Mormon woman than man?  Probably.  Donny just seemed so much more content, gracious, mellow…I don’t know.

Those are my non-gambling Vegas thoughts.  And, my arm looks super fat in the above picture.  Fatter than even in real life.


2 Responses to “Meditations on the Osmonds”

  1. kristine October 24, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    You are funny. I must admit, the Osmond show wouldn’t have been on my radar, but sounds like you had a good time. Interesting points about the two siblings, though. I absolutely believe it’s the Hollywood pressure that females feel. So unfair, but reality.

  2. Kate October 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    They’re your aunt and uncle, right?

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