By Kent Larsen
Marie Osmond Starts 'Behind the Smile' Book Tour
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- With the release of her new book, "Behind the Smile:
My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression," Marie Osmond is starting a book
tour to promote the book, which she says is meant to help those suffering
from similar depression. Osmond's struggle occurred in the past year, during
which she separated from her husband, then publicly declared that she
suffered from postpartum depression. She has since reconciled with her husband.
Osmond was in Salt Lake City signing copies of her book yesterday, and is
signing in Provo, Utah today. She says things have improved substantially
since her very public struggle, "We're doing awesome, Just totally awesome."
The story seems to have hit a chord with women. Her physician, Dr. Judith
Moore, a co-author in the book, was innundated with calls after the book was
previewed in the May issue of God Housekeeping. Osmond got a huge response
when she revealed the problem last year on Oprah, "When I did 'Oprah' I got
thousands of e-mails from women thanking me for giving what is bothering
them a name." She adds, "We've hit a chord with women. I felt like the
message needed to get out."
But the book may bring out some questions that Osmond hasn't answered, and
apparently doesn't want to talk about. Several news stories have called
attention to Osmond's revelation that she was abused as a child, included in
the book because many women who suffer from postpartum depression were
abused when very young. "Abuse of some sort seems to be a common link,"
explains Osmond. But she also says that including the abuse was important
for her, "I couldn't be honest in my own story if I didn't reveal it. But
that was a long time ago," she says. According to Osmond the abuse came from
"people with very temporary access to my life, people I didn't know well."
Following the tour, Osmond says she plans to spend the next year helping her
eldest son, Stephen, prepare for an LDS mission. To do that, she wants to
stay home more, and has turned down four Broadway shows and a "bunch of
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