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Marie Osmond’s Educational Background: More Than Just the Nutrisystem Lady

Marie Osmond


Olive Marie Osmond is a true quadruple threat. She not only sings but also dances, designs dolls, and acts.  Though well-known for being part of the Osmond family, she chose to blaze her own trail as a solo country artist. During this time, she became particularly well-known for her cover of “Paper Roses.”  The Baby Boomers among you might also remember her as one half of the famous variety show Donny & Marie. In 2013, she became the face of one of America’s most popular diet programs: Nutrisystem. But, did she ever find the time to get an education?

Personal Life:

Marie Osmond was born on October 13, 1959. The only girl amongst the family’s nine children, her upbringing was not all sugar and spice. The Osmonds were a showbiz family, after all, and the show must go on. It didn’t take long before the family’s little princess joined her older brothers in the spotlight  All that script memorizing and voice training left little time for a normal childhood. Despite her fame, Marie remained devout to her Mormon faith throughout her childhood and early adulthood. As her belief system prohibited things like tea, coffee, and premarital sex, her lyrics were notoriously squeaky clean. This lack of edge likely contributed to her declining music career.

Her personal life, however, was pretty tumultuous. She has been married three times to two different men. First, and third, to actor Stephen Craig. The pair would stay together until their first divorce in 1985. Less than a year later, Osmond would tie the knot with Brian Blosil.  This actress and businesswoman has had to deal with weight-related issues, postpartum depression, and a child’s suicide. Due in part to these struggles, she has undertaken her fair share of charity work. She’s best known for being one of the co-founders of the Children’s Miracle Network.


Her typical 18-hour work day made it hard for Marie Osmond to attend a normal high school. Instead, she squeezed in some high-school-level tutoring in between her dancing, singing, and acting lessons. This left her with the equivalent of a high school diploma. As of the publication of this post, she has not yet pursued any other form of education.



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Dan Marino Educational Background


Dan Constantino Marino Jr. is a former NFL quarterback and holder of more than a dozen NFL records. While he never won the Super Bowl in his seventeen seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Marino is still recognized as one of the greatest quarterbacks in history. His powerful arm not only  led his team to 10 playoff appearances but also netted them a spot in Super Bowl XIX. Inducted into  Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005,  Marino has filled his life after football with NASCAR, acting,  commercial appearances,  and charity work.


Born September 15, 1961, Dan Marino is the eldest of Daniel and Veronica Marino’s children. He and his two younger sisters were raised in Pittsburgh’s South Oakland, a decisively blue-collar neighborhood. It wasn’t until he reached high school that he started taking sports seriously.  By the time he graduated, he’d won Parade All-American honors and a chance to play for the Kansas City Royals. But, he decided to take his chance on college football instead and spent four years playing for the Pittsburgh Panthers.  Marino was later drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1983. By the time he’d reached his second year in the NFL, Marino was shattering NFL records left and right. After nearly twenty years with the Dolphins,  Marino opted to retire in 2000.

Dan Marino married his wife, Claire, in 1985. The pair would go on to have seven children. While he publicly admitted to fathering one child in a 2005 affair, Marino and his wife’s marriage is still going strong. Currently, he works as a spokesperson for Nutrisystem and a men’s life ambassador for AARP.


When he was growing up, Marino’s family lived right across the street from St. Regis Catholic Elementary School. So, he spent many of his formative years there. Upon reaching his teenage years, this future football legend transferred to Central Catholic High School in the heart of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Central Catholic 1979 with a full-ride scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh. In between all his record-breaking and partying, Marino managed to net himself a Bachelor’s degree in communications. Though he never returned to school, his alma mater would later grant him an honorary doctorate in broadcast journalism.

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