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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Osmond's work gets her past troubles
USA Today 31May00 P2
By Donna Freydkin: Special for USA Today

WASHINGTON, DC -- LDS Entertainer Marie Osmond has been through a difficult year. Following the birth of her seventh child, Matthew, she suffered a severe bout of post-partum depression. And this past January, she split from her husband of 13 years, Brian Blosil.

Now, Marie says she is recovering from these difficulties, "I'm as happy as I can be. You take every day a day at a time," she says. Her explanation for her happiness is that her work has helped her recover, "Work has always brought me happiness."

Last fall, her work as a talk-show host (along with her brother Donny on the syndicated Donny and Marie show), gave her a forum to talk about the depression. She hope that going public with the depression has helped others too. "Maybe it just helped a couple of people, and that's worth it, to me." But if responses through e-mail, letters and calls are any indication, her public disclosure helped more than just a few people, "I was absolutely overwhelmed by the hundreds of thousands of e-mails and letters and calls . . . that came in from women saying, 'Thank you for giving it a name.'"

But going public with her depression wasn't easy for Marie. She says that going public was a "very tough" process. "I hid it for a long time," she says. Marie adds that she also got some relief from the depression by working on a now nearly-finished book on her battle with depression. A release date has not yet been set.

In contrast to her public disclosures on depression, Marie won't talk about her separation from her second husband, Blosil. But she does say that she doesn't think the divorce has harmed her image, in spite of the fact that it hasn't always worked in her favor, "I think there has been a stereotype that if you're a certain type of image, that you're naive and goodie-goodie," she says. "And I think the biggest educational process that I have laid out there with people is, 'How can you be in this business as long as I have and be naive?' There's no way. It's just a matter of choices."

Osmond was scheduled to speak to the National Press Club on Wednesday on the state of children's health care, the area where she does most of her charity work. Yesterday, for the fifth consecutive year, Marie was scheduled to take 50 children to the White House for the Children's Miracle Network, the charity she co-founded with "Dukes of Hazzard" star John Schneider. Today, she will appear on the 18th annual Children's Miracle Network telecast live from Walt Disney World.


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