Tuesday, September 1, 2009

36. Now Appearing: DONNY & MARIE Teenage TV Celebrities!

"She's a little bit country, he's a little bit rock 'n roll..".
So goes the song that made these two toothy siblings world-famous. It was their signature song for their "Donny & Marie" TV variety show series, which aired from 1976-79 on ABC. The show elevated Donny and Marie to teen heartthrob status and generated TV merchandising collectibles such as these dolls made in their likeness. Other fun stuff inspired by the show included a TV play set and a wireless song microphone. Eventually, the show lost its appeal when Donny got hitched to wife Debbie Glenn and was reformatted. The show bit the dust in 1979 but the singin' siblings reappeared as talk show hosts in 1998. Their "Donny and Marie" talk show lasted till 2000.

Last time we saw Marie was as an injured contestant in "Dancing with the Stars", while brother Donny lost a celebrity boxing match against Danny Bonaduce of Partridge Family. Oh well, as their parting song went.."may their tomorrow be a perfect day, and may they find love and laughter along the way...may God keep them in his loving care..till we meet them together again..Good night, every one!"

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