Marie Osmond's Many Troubles

The suicide of son Michael Blosil is just the latest tragedy for Marie Osmond.

March 2, 2010 — -- In Marie Osmond's life, it seems, tough times are as prevalent as the spotlight.

The show business fixture is mourning the suicide death of her 18-year-old son, Michael Blosil, who lept from his Los Angeles apartment building Feb. 26.

According to Osmond's friend, "Entertainment Tonight" anchor Mary Hart, Osmond is leaning on her family and Mormon faith for comfort during this time.

"You can bet she has loving arms around her," Hart said on "The Early Show" Monday. "The Osmonds are a very close-knit family and, in times of loss or tragedy, they support each other and really band together as a family, and in love."

Reached by, Osmond's brother, Jimmy, declined to comment on the tragedy and said the family was withholding comment out of respect to Marie. She issued a brief statement following Blosil's death, saying, "My family and I are devastated and in deep shock by the tragic loss of our dear Michael, and ask that everyone respect out privacy during this difficult time."

Osmond has triumphed through tragedy before. Below, see how the 50-year-old singer, actress and entrepreneur has dealt with five major obstacles throughout her career.


In 1982 at age 22, fresh off the success of the "Donny & Marie" variety show she launched with her brother, Donny, Osmond wed Stephen Craig, a Brigham Young University basketball star. The following year, she gave birth to Stephen James Craig. But as the marriage progressed, problems began to plague their union. Though the two met five years prior to their wedding, they only dated for 18 months before marrying, and in 1985, Osmond filed for divorce, citing mental cruelty.

Osmond met a new man shortly after her divorce from Craig was finalized in October, 1985: record producer Brian Blosil. The two married in October, 1986, less than a year after meeting. They had two children together and adopted five more, including Michael.

Osmond's second marriage wasn't without its problems, either. In 1998, while in the throws of postpartum depression, Osmond and Blosil separated for several months. While they reconciled, in 2007, they called it quits for good.

"Though our marriage is ending, we continue to have a very amicable relationship," Osmond and Blosil said in a joint statement. "Our marriage has always been a faithful one, and neither of us is assigning fault for the divorce."


Post-partum depression plagued Osmond following the birth of her third son, Matthew Blosil. She revealed her struggle in the 2001 tome, "Behind the Smile: My Journey out of Postpartum Depression."

"I can hear the breathing of my sleeping newborn son in his bassinet next to the bed," she writes. "My ten-year-old daughter, Rachael, opens the bedroom door and whispers, 'Mom?' into the room, trying not to wake the baby. Not seeing me, she leaves. She doesn't even consider looking in the closet on the floor. Her mother would never be there. She's right. This person sitting on the closet floor is nothing like her mother. I can't believe I'm here myself. I'm convinced that I'm losing my mind. This is not me."

Osmond became a champion for many mothers struggling with post-partum depression, and in 2005, chastized Tom Cruise when he lashed out at Brooke Shields for using anti depressants after the birth of her daughter.

"When Tom becomes a woman and has a baby and has postpartum, then he can become an expert," she told People magazine.

Battle With Weight

From anorexia to over-eating, Osmond has battled with body image from a young age. As a teenager on the "Donny & Marie" show, she was told to lose weight or lose her job.

"By the time I was 14, we did the pilot for the 'Donny & Marie' variety show, and I was down to about 110 pounds and feeling really thin," she told Oprah Winfrey in 2009. "Shortly after that, I was taken out into a parking lot by producers and told that if I didn't lose more weight, the show would be canceled. So I went from about 110 pounds to 93 pounds, which was absolutely stupid."

Osmond said she tried "everything from diet pills to starving myself to bulimia" to lose weight. But after giving birth to her last child in 1999, she began to indulge in food.

"All of a sudden, one day I woke up and I was no longer a size 2–4," Osmond told Winfrey, adding that in 2007, at her heaviest, she weighed 165 lbs. "I was a 12–14, and I couldn't see it in the mirror. I didn't want to see it."

Osmond dropped 45 lbs. with the help of the NutriSystem, the diet plan she endorses. She said her family inspired her to get healthy.

"I did it because my oldest boy came to me, and he was 23 at the time, and he said, 'All of us got together, Mom, and we love you, and we want you to be around for our kids, your grandkids,'" she told Winfrey.

Tabloid Gossip

Osmond's life in the limelight has made her and her family a tabloid target. In 2006, the National Enquirer reported that she had been hospitalized after a failed suicide attempt. But according to her representative, Amy Hawke, Osmond was only being treated for an "adverse reaction to some medication."

"We deal with those tabloids all the time," Karl Engemann, Osmond's manager, told The Associated Press at the time. "You get tired of responding. It's like punching Jell-O."

Osmond herself tried to punch back in 2009, when multiple blogs claimed her daughter, Jessica Blosil, was a lesbian. Osmond went on Los Angeles radio station KOST 103.5 to say that she and Jessica "have a great relationship and I think she would tell you that."


The last time tragedy struck her family, Osmond took it in stride. When her father, George, passed away at age 90 during her 2007 turn on "Dancing With the Stars," Osmond decided to continue competing in her father's memory.

Now, following the death of her son, the Las Vegas show Osmond headlines with her brother Donny has been suspended until further notice. It remains to be seen if the entertainment industry fixture will, literally, work through her pain again.