Donny Osmond reclaims fame

Tue Mar 4, 2008 3:46pm EST
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Donny Osmond has defied the odds of many child stars whose careers went from red-hot to has-been before age 21, and now he seems as popular as ever with a new movie and a co-hosting job on a celebrity TV show.

The singer told Reuters he also has plans for a Las Vegas show with sister Marie Osmond later this year. When he appeared on the red carpet at last week's Oscars with his wife of 30 years, Debbie, his fans went crazy.

Most are now middle-aged women who grew up swooning when a teenage Osmond sang hits like "Puppy Love," but Osmond, who turned 50 years-old in December, seems as youthful as ever with a boyish enthusiasm for all things showbiz.

So, what's his secret?

"Lots of plastic surgery!" he joked to Reuters. "No, it's a mystery to me. But I think it's good to be versatile nowadays and have a TV presence. I'm busier than ever, and I love it."

Osmond's new movie, "College Road Trip" debuts in theaters on Friday with Donny in a supporting role opposite comedian Martin Lawrence. Osmond plays a nerdy father of a high school girl who has befriended the Lawrence character's daughter.

Osmond also recently began co-hosting "The Insider," a U.S. television show that features entertainment news and interviews with film, TV and music stars.

More than four decades have passed since Donny and his four Osmond brothers began singing and dancing as a squeaky clean, All-American family act on "The Andy Williams Show." Three decades have gone by since he and his sister had their smash hit TV variety show, "Donny and Marie."   Continued...

<p>Entertainer Donny Osmond poses for a photograph in New York February 27, 2008. REUTERS/Keith Bedford</p>