For those who are lucky enough to have one, family is everything; sometimes, blood binds people better than anything else. The Partridge family of Utah, otherwise known as The Osmonds, knows a thing or two about this kind of harmony.

With catchy barbershop tunes to groovy disco hits, The Osmond Family has done it all. But when they were forced to watch the legacy they worked so hard to build crumble before their eyes, they had to fight even harder to keep their once-unbreakable bond intact.

The Osmonds rose to super-stardom in the 1960s and ’70s with a wholesome energy and synchronous talent. But although their seemingly perfect family dynamic captivated the public, their journey was as complicated as that of any family.

Indirectly, the band started in 1944, when George Osmond, a military sergeant, met a civilian named Olive and married her. At first blush, there was nothing remotely musical about this concoction. But little did these two chaste Mormons know, they would create a band that would go down in the history books.

George and Olive went on to have a mind-boggling nine kids. And back before the controversial, love-to-hate-her Kris Jenner owned the whole “momager” thing, they saw a musical opportunity in their young sons, and boy did they bank on it… literally.

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See, the idea to turn the family into a singing machine arose when, one day, little Alan, Wayne, Merrill, and Jay on a whim sang “Oh Dear Lord in Heaven” at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, amen. The results were positive.

Because after the rave responses to the boys’ cutesy church performance, the Osmonds wondered if their “singing act” would be prosperous enough to help buy hearing aids for their deaf, oldest sons, Virl and Tom. So George and Olive got to brainstorming.

Church performance in the rearview, they created the Osmond Brothers in 1958, which consisted of Alan singing bass, Wayne singing baritone, Merrill singing tenor, and Jay singing lead. This was only the beginning.

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After the kids gained a local name for themselves doing small gigs all over Ogden, they performed on KSL-TV’s “Talent Showcase,” which earned them a favor from host Eugene Jelesnik. He sent a tape of the performance to famed musician and bandleader Lawrence Welk, who enjoyed the performance.

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So, after encouragement from Jelesnik, George and the boys trekked it to Hollywood to meet with Welk… and they got stood up (ouch). After a painfully embarrassing plan B performance in Los Angeles the Osmonds would rather forget, George hatched a plan.

He suggested they go to Disneyland to get their minds off of the failure of the trip. There, the boys innocently sang on the spot for Disney’s park barbershop quartet, the Dapper Dans. What happened next proved there was magic in the air.

Everyone stopped in their tracks to listen to the boys’ angelic lil’ voices. The impressed Dapper Dans took the Osmonds to meet Disneyland’s director of entertainment, Tommy Walker, which led to an even bigger name seeing their talent.

Walt Disney himself fell in love with the aspiring barbershop quartet, offering them a spot on his coveted TV show “Disneyland After Dark.” Soon, after engaging in talks with NBC, the brothers appeared on The Andy Williams Show in 1962. International fame was right around the corner.

They acted, went on an international tour, performed for Queen Elizabeth, and befriended Elvis Presley, while pumping out several hits including “One Bad Apple.” Just as The Beatles were used to, they had teenage girls screaming and crying at their feet constantly. But all that was about to change.

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By 1975, siblings Donny and Marie joined the boys on stage and stole the show. The public was interested in this new duo, and so was ABC, so to the station offered them their own TV show, consequentially putting the original Osmond Brothers in the background.

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George Osmond, one of the executive producers of the show, brilliantly negotiated a deal with ABC to have the “Donny & Marie” show be produced in Utah. ABC agreed, and the family moved back home to build a gorgeous television studio and a string of ritzy houses.

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The family was on top of the world, and everything seemed more than just fine and dandy. Soon, however, a series of setbacks threatened to tear the entire family apart.

In the late ’70s, the Osmonds were rich rich, like almost $100 million rich. But because they had several different properties, endorsement deals, their own real estate company, and record loyalties, they had a multitude of untrustworthy business partners.

And these slimy partners, unfortunately, committed fraud and embezzlement. In 1983, the international sensations were penniless — but George refused to file for bankruptcy.

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Ignoring every financial expert, George sold everything — properties, cars, and their studio. The whole family sang at any gig they could get, even though they were now considered “has-beens.” The hardships continued piling up.

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In the background, Marie was dealing with struggles of her own, struggling with body image, childhood abuse, and eating disorders. She revealed that an executive once told her, “If you don’t keep food out of your fat face, we’re all going to lose our jobs.”

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Things later became even rougher for this famous fam. In 1987 Alan was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and in 1997, Wayne had endured a surgery due to a cancerous brain tumor. Nevertheless, this didn’t stop either of them from letting their voices shine.

After the Osmond’s decades of struggles — money problems, egos, and mental and physical pain — no one would’ve been surprised to hear their closeness had all gone sour. Well, recently, the family revealed the nature of their relationships.

The Osmonds confessed all the hardships actually brought them closer together! Performing at any show possible back in the ’80s allowed them to spend more time together, united under a common goal.

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By 2019. Alan worked as a songwriter, Wayne lived a peaceful life on Social Security, and Merrill did humanitarian work and performed in a successful duo-act with his brother Jay. But that wasn’t all.

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The Osmonds went through a lot, but it never stopped them from losing touch with each other. In fact, in 2018, Marie, who was always the biggest supporter of her brothers, organized a reunion concert in Hawaii for all of them.

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Because she so badly wanted to honor her inspiring brothers, Marie had all of the proceeds from the reunion concert go to only them. “My brothers are my heroes,” she said.

“Everything I have learned from a professional standpoint,” she continued, “from having honesty and integrity and doing what’s right, I learned from them. These are strong men, and I love them.”

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They’ve been through hell and back, but the Osmonds still hold family close to them even after decades of tremendous ups and downs. They’ll always be the Osmonds. But recently, Marie dove into further detail on one scandal that nearly tore them apart.

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A showbiz family has its perks, and no one knew this better than Marie Osmond. By the early ’70s, her brothers Alan, Wayne, Merill, Jay, and Donny had formed the musical quintet the Osmonds, and at age three, Marie was already performing alongside them.

Though Marie never became a regular member of the band, she was encouraged by her brothers’ management to try her hand at her own music career. She signed with MGM Records, and her country sound was vastly different than the Osmonds’ pop stylings.

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But audiences quickly took to the newest Osmond, and her 1973 debut single “Paper Roses” skyrocketed to number one on the country charts. She then followed up with “In My Little Corner of the World,” which charted on the Billboard country Top 40 in 1974.

Yet while Marie’s popularity was growing steadily, the Osmonds had begun losing steam. Record sales had dipped considerably by the mid-70s, leading a number of the brothers to branch off into solo careers.

Donny seemed to benefit the most from the band’s split, establishing himself as a teen idol and producing a slew of pop hits. With both he and Marie taking the industry by storm, fans were eager to see if the star siblings would eventually join forces.

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Audiences got their wish in 1974 when the duo released a pair of duets: “I’m Leaving It All Up To You” and “Morning Side of the Mountain.” Both songs reached Top 10 on the pop charts, making it clear the pairing of Donny and Marie was one people loved.

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On the heels of this success, Donny and Marie took a shot at entertainment by hosting their own variety show. The gamble paid off, and after a midseason pickup by ABC, Donny & Marie became one of television’s most popular programs from 1976 to 1978.

Yet while life seemed perfect for Marie Osmond, things weren’t as they appeared on the surface. Despite her bright smile and bubbly personality, the teen star concealed a dark secret for most of her young life.

Though mentions of it have popped up here and there over the years, Marie herself only recently confirmed the rumors during a 2018 interview with Dr. Oz. According to the superstar, this seemingly idyllic period of her life was plagued by regular sexual abuse.

She refused to name names – her abusers are long dead – though she revealed she was victimized by “people with very temporary access to my life, people I didn’t know well.” The star also claimed that her abusers invaded her privacy and even stole from her.

When asked about why she stayed silent for so long, Marie explained that abuse in the industry wasn’t something people were comfortable with talking about at the time. But perhaps her biggest reason to keep quiet – at least in her mind – was to protect her family.

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According to Marie, her abusers were very well connected in the industry, and she feared reporting the abuse would cost the rest of her family their careers. So she hid her secret from the world, unaware of the toll it’d soon take on her physical and mental health.

For years, Marie struggled publicly with her weight, with many believing that the stress of superstardom had finally gotten to her. But Marie offered a different explanation: her weight gain wasn’t because of stress — it was because of the abuse.

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“For me, I think part of my weight issue was I didn’t want to be pretty,” she told Dr. Oz. “It was almost like a defense.” Subconsciously, Marie believed that the more she ate and the heavier she became, the less inclined her abusers would be to pursue her.

But her weight problem quickly became a bane to her professional life, as her appearance was regularly scrutinized due to her constant presence in front of the camera. And these weren’t just kind suggestions – producers were merciless when it came to their criticisms.

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“I had producers take me out into the parking lot when I was 103 pounds and tell me that I was obese, disgusting, and a disgrace to my family,” Marie recalled. “[They told me] that I needed to keep food out of my fat face.”

Not only did these comments destroy Marie’s self-esteem, but they also made her fear for her family much in the same way her abusers had done. She felt that if she didn’t lose enough weight, Donny & Marie would fail and hundreds of people would lose their jobs.

Yet despite years of struggle, Marie would overcome her weight problem and is now a spokeswoman for the Nutrisystem weight-loss program. With her abusive past behind her as well, she’s now free to focus on her still-thriving career alongside her brother.

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Since 2008, Donny and Marie have been performing a live version of their popular variety show at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. The duo has earned a number of awards for their performances, including the Las Vegas Review-Journal‘s “Best Show” award in 2012.

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Unfortunately, the show likely won’t run much longer, as health issues have begun to take a toll on Donny. Still, whether performing in Vegas or not, Marie’s star seems destined to shine on for years to come.

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After all, there are plenty of longtime stars that have continued to burn brightly even beyond their heydays. One such star recently revealed the wild reason she pushed herself so hard to succeed…

Barbra Streisand has been a performer for nearly all her life. Known for her acting, singing, songwriting, and film directing, the megastar recently revealed what drove her to this success!

Born into a Jewish family from Brooklyn, New York, in the early ’40s, young Barbra grew up smack dab in the middle of the entertainment and business world. Still, she felt lightyears away from it all as her family was not well off.

Her parents both worked at a school, but her father died when Babs was only a baby. Without him, the family suffered huge financial stresses — something that would come back into play once Barbra’s career took off.

As a young girl, she attended public school in Brooklyn, where developed an interest in acting. While she may have dreamed of being recognized for her acting chops, her neighbors praised her stunning singing voice.

Despite a flubbed audition with MGM records (at age 9!) she recovered gracefully. At age 13, she recorded a demo tape, starting her career much sooner than most people would’ve imagined.

When she graduated from high school, it was time for Barbra to make a difficult choice: stay with her family and get a job to support them, or leave them behind and follow her dreams of being in the spotlight?

No more than a week later, she moved into an apartment in Manhattan, ready to pursue her entertainment career. She started as an usher for The Sound of Music, but the director of the show encouraged her to keep auditioning.

In September of 1960, she opened for comedian Phyllis Diller at the Bon Soir nightclub. This was important on two fronts: it was her first paid gig and she got to practice humorous banter in between songs.

Since she was still auditioning for Broadway roles, she finally got cast for the musical I Can Get It For You Wholesale in 1962. Although her part was small, she earned a Tony Award as Best Supporting Actress and instantly broke through in the industry.

Fast forward to the late ’60s and early ’70s, when Barbra Streisand was becoming a household name. Opportunities in the film, theater, and music industries appeared left and right. She even tied with Katharine Hepburn for Best Actress!

From 1969 through 1980, Streisand appeared on the list of Top Ten Money-Making Stars ten different times, and she was frequently the only woman on the list. Her highest-earning project? The 1976 remake of A Star Is Born of course.

Meanwhile, Barbra was also working on her career as a pop singer and stealing hearts across the globe. Her debut album, The Barbra Streisand Album, peaked in the top 10 and won her 3 Grammy Awards. It didn’t stop there.

As Barbra continued to shoot movies, record award-winning albums, appear on countless TV shows, and made millions on millions, her family grew bitter. After all, her mother had worked hard to keep a roof over her head, and Barbra left her in the dust.

“I think sometimes there are parents who don’t really like themselves,” Streisand said. “They don’t like their offspring either. My mother meant well. She loved me as best she could. She had dreams of her own, and she wanted to be a singer.”

Still, that may be exactly what drove Barbra to succeed the way she did. “I just couldn’t please her. But I owe her my career. It was painful on the way up. I was always trying to prove to her that I was worthy of being somebody.”

In an attempt to be the mom that her own mother wasn’t, Barbra fully supports her only child’s career in any way that she can. Her son, Jason – whose father is Elliott Gould – took after both parents and became an artist, writer, and film director.

“We sang together every night when I put him to sleep, so he knew lots of songs as a baby,” Barbra said. “I never heard him sing again until he was 15. I heard him hum through a closed door, and I said, ‘Jason, that is the most beautiful hum.”’

After getting remarried in 1998 to her current husband, James Brolin, Barbra finally felt as loved as she deserved. “People who have two parents who love them are very lucky. They are not left with a hole to fill. And it’s very hard to fill. You have to fill it with yourself eventually.”

And what type of love is more unconditional than a dog’s? Her pup was an unconditional comfort that got her through the tough times. But when she lost her beloved pet, she couldn’t cope with the pain — another way in which her past haunted her.

Streisand’s dog, a sweet 14-year-old Coton du Tulear named Samantha, was a shaggy, white-haired pup who had long been a mainstay in the megastar’s life and on her social media feeds. Even the fans adored her.

Sadly, in 2017, Samantha passed away. As is the case when anyone loses their beloved pet, this devastated Streisand. “It was like losing a child,” she recalled. Obviously, she would do practically anything to get her puppy back—if only she could.

Eventually, she decided it was time to welcome some new dogs into her home. Yet her social media followers began noticing something strange about these new dogs: they all looked exactly the same. Like… exactly.

Turns out, they weren’t wrong about the similarities. As Streisand revealed in an interview with Variety, she’d become so attached to her pup during the 14 years they shared together that she chose to do something most would only joke about: she cloned her!

The result was two identical dogs named Miss Violet and Miss Scarlet, who were brought into this world in late 2017. While they were mirror images of Samantha physically, there were a few differences…

“They have different personalities,” Streisand explained to reporters when news of the cloning first broke. “I’m waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have [Samantha’s] brown eyes and seriousness.”

Genetically, Miss Violet and Miss Scarlet were pretty much twins. In fact, they looked so similar that Streisand dressed them in different clothing—one in lavender and the other in red, hence their names—in order to tell them apart.

There was also a third dog—Miss Fanny—whose name referenced the Academy-Award winning actress’s role as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. While not a clone herself, she was a distant cousin of Samantha’s.

While cloning an animal might seem like something only possible in a science fiction movie, it’s actually a practice that’s been around for the past 20 years. The first known animal to be cloned was Dolly the sheep in 1996.

Dolly might have been the first cloned animal, but she wasn’t the only one. Almost 10 years later—in 2005—a team of scientists at Seoul National University in South Korea cloned the first dog, an Afghan hound named Snuppy.

Then in 2016, Nubia, a Jack Russell terrier, became the first dog to be cloned in the United States by the Texas-based company ViaGen. Of course, this opened the doors for people like Streisand to have their beloved dogs cloned.

Regardless of success rates, cloning a dog is a rather expensive procedure. It makes sense that you only really hear of the wealthiest people doing it. So, how much did cloning Samantha set Streisand back?

In recent years, Sooam Biotech Research Foundation—the South Korean laboratory responsible for successfully cloning upwards of 600 dogs since 2006—charged interested customers a whopping $100,000 to clone their pooches!

As of now, ViaGen charges $50,000 for dogs and $25,000 for cats, and it’s still the only company in the United States that clones pets. This was how Streisand was able to bring Samantha back into the world.

Cloning animals will likely become more affordable in the future. Still, some people are opposed to the practice for clear ethical reasons. For instance, author John Woestendiek, who wrote the book Dog, Inc., hopes to stop it before it’s too late.

Chief among his concerns was that there were plenty of dogs in the world who didn’t have homes. “One is the sort of philosophical question of whether we really need new ways to make dogs when so many are already being put down in shelters,” he explained.

Another concern was that it would take multiple animals—more than 12 separate dogs in heat—to harvest enough egg cells in order to clone just one. Once the cells were collected, they would be implanted into a surrogate, who would then carry the pregnancy.

In the meantime, celebrities and others who can afford it will likely continue to clone their pets, especially when they reach their twilight years. It’s simply their way of dealing with such a devastating loss.

And as for Streisand? She seemed content with her choice. Still, since the dogs hadn’t turned out to be exactly like her beloved Samantha, she likely had to learn that there were no guarantees when it came to dogs—even if they were clones.