Marie Osmond Recalls the Privilege of Performing for Servicemen with the Legendary Bob Hope

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Marie Osmond Recalls the Privilege of Performing for Servicemen with the Legendary Bob Hope

By Movieguide® Contributor

Recently, in an interview with Fox News Digital, Marie Osmond recalled the blessing and opportunity to perform for American Servicemen and women alongside legendary comic, Bob Hope.  

“Bob was like a second dad to me,” the star told Fox News Digital. “The first time I sang ‘Paper Roses’ on national television was on Bob Hope’s Christmas special. I was barely 13. And he never asked my brother to do shows with him, it was just me. [And then] he asked me to do his very last USO tour with him. … I stood where the guns were shot when Desert Storm started. I performed on those guns for all those troops. 

“I’ve had some wonderful experiences, and I love our military,” the 63-year-old gushed. 

As WTKR recalled in a December 9, 2021 article by Anthony Sabella:  

Osmond was part of a USO tour with The Pointer Sisters and other acts when she performed on the Wisconsin in front of 1,600 sailors and marines.

The performance was part Bob Hope’s final USO tour and the last of its kind aboard the Wisconsin before it was taken out of service.

But one thing that Osmond recalled bringing her to tears, on that day, December 29, 1990, was a service man who gave her an apology. 

“He was sweating, and he said, ‘I’m so sorry,’” Osmond recalled. “I said, ‘Why are you sorry?’ He says, ‘Well, I don’t have hands. We sweat out of our feet and our hands and I don’t have them. So it’s just my forehead.’” 

Osmond became visibly moved as she described the meeting. 

“We don’t realize the sacrifice these people make for us,” she said, fighting back tears. “And so, I honor them deeply….” 

Hope, known for “entertaining the troops” for “40 Years” of his long and illustrious career, brought many now famous performers with him on to the USO stage, including model and actress Brooke Shields and Marie Osmond, sister of singer Donny Osmond and a member of the show business family, the Osmonds, her own version of the country pop ballad, “Paper Roses”, becoming a chart topping hit. 

 It is uplifting indeed to see someone who has achieved two things that people tend to prize most, fame and fortune, giving back to those who, in many ways, made this fame and fortune possible. 

Read More: Bob Hope Left a Legacy of Honoring Troops and Veterans

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