The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 27, 1998 · Page 25
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Wednesday, May 27,1998 One good apple Donny Osmond has learned to live with his 'Puppy Love'past By DAVID BAUDER The Associated Press \l NEW YORK — While touring nationally as a guest on "morning zoo" radio programs — a peculiar form of torture — Donny Osmond years ago learned the futility of fighting his image. At each stop, the history of the former teen idol proved too much for disc jockeys to resist. There were all those bad clothes. Those toothy smiles with sister Marie. The "Donny" dolls. Enough family members to populate a Western state. He was ridden unmercifully. Forget about trying to prove his maturity, his new career as a serious recording artist. Instead, prepare to force a smile and listen to "One Bad Apple" ^one more time. • - Then he had an epiphany: There's ,no sense pretending "Puppy Love" .never existed. Don't try to hold back •the wave. Surf it. And a funny thing happened. The truth, if not the jokes, set him free. People can't laugh at you when you're laughing, too. "As soon as I started to have fun with it, the defenses broke down," he ;said. "If I fight it, then people think ;I'm trying too hard to change an linkage or I'm putting down something ".that was important to them hi their childhood." , • Osmond is convinced that notion helped lead to his biggest career break of,the 1990s. He's signed on to revive 'the "Donny and Marie" television ;hour, this time as a syndicated afternoon talk show. Production starts later this year. Now 40, Osmond talked about his show and music over lunch at New '.York City's Motown Cafe. That's a : subtle joke in itself; when they start- ed, the Osmond Brothers were widely viewed as a pale imitation of Motown's Jackson 5. So you know how much time has passed since "Donny and Marie," chew on this: Donny has a 16-year-old son who plays in a punk rock band, called Sudden Urge. The group wisely ditched the name Death .by Asparagus. Osmond recently immersed himself in "Donny and Marie" history, sifting through old shows to pick material for a video retrospective. He resists the phrase "talk show" to describe the new show. "The best word to use is entertainment," he said. "It will be an entertainment-driven show with a lot of celebrity guests." "I love the personality of Oprah and the entertainment value of Rosie," he said. "Other than that, I don't know who else to compare it to. 1 ' ,' It was O'Donnell who taught Osmond a career lesson he'd just as soon forget: the need to keep,in check the cutting humor-that hides behind a ; 100- watt smile. .. > '; / ',,jft When Osmond appeared asi guest on Rosie's talk sfioyir, shejbrought out old Osmonds records and paraphernalia. Donny thought she was being .sarcastic. So when the conversation turned to a helicopter ride O'Donnell was planning, Donny volunteered as her stunt double /because, he said he wasn't sure the-helicopter could:han- dle'so much weight, , Bad move. Really bad move. "I stopped and I thought, 'You idiot, you just insulted the host of this show in front of America,'-" he said. "She wouldn't let.it go. For weeks and- weeks, every time she mentioned my name; everyone would boo." Donny bore it, for a while, convinced the publicity couldn't hurt. When it became relentless, he realized File photo Former teen Idol Donny .Osmond; 40, hopes to keep his career alive with a syndicated TV show that will be an updated version of the old 'Donnle and Marie* show. he had to make aifiends.,,The price for forgiveness included dressing up as a dog and serenading O'Donnell with "Puppy Love." "I started slow dancing with her," he said. "I dipped her and I thought, should I go for the joke? So I dropped her. We rolled around on the floor, and she started beating me up." He hopes all is forgiven. In fact, he'd love to have Rosie as the first guest on his new show. Now that's the real Donny. Jokes aside, Osmond is coldly calculating when it comes to his career. His self-awareness makes the O'Donnell incident all the more surprising. Osmond has never performed at his family's theater in Branson, Mo., where daily shows are churned out for the tourists. He doesn't mean to snub family, but he believes playing Branson sends a message to the music industry that a career as a contemporary entertainer is past. That's the last thing he wants. It seems strange, then, that he would turn to television, particularly the sometime cheesy shopping network QVC, to hawk a rhythm 'n' blues album called "Four." But there's no self-mocking humor involved. "My core audience is females, 25 to 45," he said. "Who watches QVC? Figure it out. "You've got to find your strengths and go after those." Remembering Ennis Cosby mentions slain son NEW YORK — Bill Cosby mixed his trademark wit with tough talk about the importance of teachers in an address to graduates of the Columbia Jniversity teaching program where his slain son had studied. Cosby mentioned his son Ennis only at the very end of his 30-miniite speech. "I hesitate to talk about Ennis at this tinfe/ he said. "You don't have to excuse me, I just hesitate. Even today, if Ennis were alive, I would see Ennis in your faces. If Ennis were alive, I would see you as teachers for our children." Hands off our Bond MGM shaken, not stirred LOS ANGELES — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. intensified its fight to keep exclusive rights to the lucrative James Bond movie franchise by asking a court to order rival Sony Corp. to halt development of its own Bond film. Since MGM launched the series in 1962 with "Dr. No," its 18 Bond movies have earned more than $2.5 billion in box office receipts worldwide. MGM sued Sony last November when Sony announced its intention to develop a Bond film. MGM now is asking for a preliminary injunction because it believes Sony actually has begun making the movie. Pitcher perfect Wells gets key to NYC NEW YORK — After pitching a perfect game, New York Yankee David Wells was presented with a gold-plated key to the city by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The mayor proclaimed a "David Wells Day" and thanked the pitcher for giving the city a historic baseball thrill. "It's something that I thought would never, never happen, and it did," Wells said. "I give a lot of credit to my teammates, because if it wasn't for them, this wouldn't have happened." The Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0 with Wells retiring all 27 batters he faced. Let Connection Line Look for Connection Line, an all new voice personals service, coming soon to The Salina Journal. Here's what today's *" singles have to say about the new system... 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