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i'm here at the flamingo theater in las vegas, current home of american pop icon donny and marie osmond. >> i'm a little bit country. >> and i'm a little bit rock 'n' roll. >> they sat down and gave me an extraordinary interview in which marie talks frankly about her rematch to her husband. >> we're grateful for what we have now. he is my best friend. and we have history. and my children love him. >> she talks emotionally about the death of her son last year. it doesn't heal, god gives you
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respites, you know, just little breathers. and, you know, he's my baby. >> donny, he gives great advice to justin bieber on life after being a teen idol superstar. if i was justin bieber, what would you say? >> put the seat belt on, buddy, because it's a bumpy ride. >> and the pair of them also explain how they look so damn good after 40 years in the business. you missed one dose of botox? >> oh, yeah, i tried it. >> this is a "primetime" exclusive. "piers morgan tonight." >> it's donny and marie. >> knew. >> i just want to say welcome to the flamingo. >> i love this. >> do you know when you call the hotel, that's what they say, welcome to the flamingo, home of donny and marie. >> it's so great for you guys to have your own very classy old-style theater in vegas.
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your name in lights on the strip. i walked down this morning, there you are on huge billboards. it must give you a buzz. >> it's an ego builder, let me tell you. if you feel bad about yourself, just drive down and see the biggest billboard. >> did you ever imagine here you'd be 40 years later doing this in vegas? >> no, i mean, you think about a career. and especially being a woman in the entertainment business, you're lucky to get seven, eight years and we're going on what -- >> 48 years. >> 48 years now. >> incredible. >> and it's consistent, too. even in the show, i say, how grateful can i be. i know we're both so grateful. we always knew we would do something together again. >> if i spend 48 hours with my sister, bottles could start being thrown in my direction.
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>> i'm telling you, bottles are thrown. >> i've heard that about you. >> it wouldn't be by me. >> come on, let's call it the way it is. we do rub each other wrong every once and a while. that's what works for donny and marie on stage. everybody can relate to it who has a sibling, but there's something about this relationship that works on stage. >> you say it's almost unique, i'd say, in show business, your relationship, a brother and sister, who have been doing what you're doing for so long who still like each other. >> well, let's don't push it. >> well, you know, there is a different relationship as we have matured. definitely, it's not 14 and 16 years old anymore. but there's a mutual respect. and it's nice to be out there with somebody who they can tell if something's not working they're there to cover each other. whatever it is. >> it just happened the other night. marie was under the weather and i filled in for her. just a couple weeks prior to that the reverse thing happened. i was really feeling bad.
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and she pulled it off. >> do you think you can completely trust each other? >> yes. >> in the way of whoever else you work with? >> you see, that's the thing about us, people say what keeps you going? why are you still in the business after these many years? our father taught us such a work ethic if there's something worth doing, it's worth doing well. when we hit the stage, piers, when we started this thing, we got so much ridicule and comments about oh, you're spending too much money. too many lights. the set, the orchestra, the multimedia. you're only here six weeks. marie and i stuck to our guns, we said is this going to be a great show. >> you have to remember, we did our own things for many years. this is like the first time we've worked together. >> in a long, long time. >> it's almost like, i'll use the analogy of a happy meal.
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>> there are some others around but that old school ethic of doing these kind of shows, when you see the young performers today, it seems to me they don't have that same ethic. >> you know, i'll tell what you i feel, i feel very blessed that i got to grow up working with, you know, sammy davis jr. and dean martin with elvis presley. i mean, we worked with -- >> sinatra. >> absolutely. yeah. >> to learn, to watch, to literally -- not just watch them, but to work with them. >> work with them. >> what did you learn from the greats? what made them great? what's the thing that takes you to that level? >> i don't know if i speak on behalf of marie, when we put this show together, you could throw as much money as you want at a show, people don't walk out humming the lights or say it's the greatest costumes in the world. >> it's important. >> but you got to walk out saying i know more about donny
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and marie. producers miss -- they leave out the heart and soul. that's what i learned from sammy davis jr. from frank sinatra. when you went to see the shows, you got to know them. when people came to see a show -- what are you laughing at? >> we did qvc the other day -- >> don't go into that. >> i heard about it. >> not only that, he did leave his fly down. >> to sell a record -- >> not only that, just to continue what you were saying, we walk out, immediately he grabs something that somebody is selling and he starts modeling it. the producer cuts to the still shot of the product. i thought, boy, that is so not what i learned in television. to catch those live moments and to see him modeling a dress, that's television. you know -- but today, it's like, it's not on the script. >> thank you for telling the
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world that i modeled a dress. >> no, but it wasn't on the script so they panic, you know. >> who of all the greats that played in vegas would you most liked to have seen. >> we did. we saw them all. >> i remember going to the hilton -- >> that's amazing to me. >> you name a name. >> sinatra? >> yes. >> sammy davis? >> yes. >> dean martin? >> yes. >> elvis? >> yes, lucille ball, john wayne. it's crazy. it's nuts. >> i went to see elvis presley, his last show, his closing night show at the hilton and we were opening up the next night. i remember watching the king on stage. he could do no wrong. the audience was in the palm of his hand. the next night oh was in my dressing room with my brothers, and the door opens and it's "hi, i'm elvis presley.
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i thought, how cool is that, the king of rock 'n' roll walks to the door and is just a real person. it taught me about leaving it on stage. they're a real person. >> what else made those guys? >> they worked. >> i think they didn't look at it as being a celebrity. they looked at it as being an entertainer. it was their job. and it was every day, how do i be better? how do i get -- i mean, they love that audience. we love our audiences. we want them feeling that you know what it's an expensive ticket. it's not as expensive as some of them here, when they leave, they got their money's worth. they had an experience. they had something that brought them back to some kind of memory. whether it was way back to the donny and marie original shows or currently like "dancing with the stars" or whatever. they walk away feel they go got to know us better. >> here's another thing, piers, sometimes, i feel like entertainers, young entertainers
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that jump in the business get -- >> wait a minute, we're young. >> you actually look ridiculously young. >> so many people feel entitled. i'm on stage, you need to like me. well, yeah, there's that attitude of confidence on stage. but they forget about getting out there and working and doing all of those little gigs, 366 days a year. and going through the work. going through the motions. >> being a proper star, really from what you're saying, look out to an audience and making them feel as important as they're making feel? >> absolutely. >> it doesn't seem like that. >> i remember milton berle, the first time i worked with him. he came on and took a script and said, no, this won't work. he worked to make that silly three-minute sketch brilliant. he worked with the writers. it was a constant effort by the
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people, we've got to work with, to make everything the best it could be, even if it was a stupid sketch, which usually it was on our show. >> do you remember what groucho marx did to you? >> yeah. >> dirty old man. >> pinched my butt. >> pinched marie's butt the whole time. >> do you know how many people -- >> groucho used to say you're only as old as the woman you feel. >> that's groucho. >> that's perfect. >> i may have been 14 1/2 or 15. which would have been illegal. >> good old groucho. >> what was john wayne like? >> john wayne was a very stoic man. >> tall, so sweet. >> he talked like this really. >> he was john wayne. >> you do a lot of impressions. >> thank you, kid. >> please don't encourage him. when we come back, we'll get to the nitty-gritty, you got
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married. >> thank you. >> i got married 33 years ago. >> you just got remarried to your ex-husband. >> my first husband. >> unbelievable. we'll be right back. ♪ [ male announcer ] in 2011, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible. at&t. rethink possible.
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hey! a crackling fire on such a frosty day. >> sir, you cannot imagine how glad i am to see you. [ laughter ] >> i smell smoke! >> donny and marie, we're talking about vegas, it's great to be there. and it's exciting. the most exciting thing to happen in vegas is you got married. >> that's the most exciting thing? >> well, because you got married to a guy you married before. >> it was the most exciting thing for me in my life. >> tell me how did this happen.
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>> well -- >> you got married how long ago? >> it's been 29 years. >> 29 years ago. >> see, i'll forever be 29. >> 29 years ago, you marry this guy, and the marriage only lasts three years. >> uh-huh. >> and you get divorced. why did you split up then? what was wrong then? >> you know, piers, i think too young. the world was watching us under a microscope. just a lot of things went into play. but, you know, you move on. your heart's broken. we have a child together. and, you know, looking back, it is what it is. the thing that i find fascinating about now is that, you know, he's so sweet. and he still is the core of who i fell in love with. >> you remarried, but he never did, is that right? >> no, he never remarried, no. >> because he never remarried, did you, in the back of your mind, ever think i wonder if one
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day -- >> i really did not. no. there was no -- we would ever get -- i mean, really, do you really think that way? no. but, really, it was our son who i was moving here. you know, dad, mom needs some help moving. we've always kind of known each other and been am applicable and friend. but it wasn't until two years ago and thought, let's give this a shot. >> that was after you'd split up -- >> oh, yeah, i'd been divorced almost six years. >> so you were a single woman, he was a single guy. circumstance of vegas, what goes on in vegas -- >> stays in vegas. >> -- stayed in vegas. >> no, it was just we didn't really want anybody to know we were dating because if it didn't work out, that hurts children. i really was set on being single. >> did your son know that you were dating? >> no. >> how long did you keep it from him? >> when we told him we were getting married.
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>> can i just interject a thought, i thought the most beautiful part of that wedding was the fact that stephen, their son, was one of the witnesses to that marriage. it was the culminating -- it was beautiful. it's a cinderella story with a lot of bumps in the road with a beautiful ending. >> it is completely that. wonderful for you after all you've been through. what i find extraordinary is that you're dating your son's dad. >> yeah. >> and he doesn't know. what do you say when you told him? >> well, can you imagine if it didn't work out? that would be a double hurt. >> and your son is nearly 30 now? >> he's 28. >> don't make me any older than i am? >> what was your reaction? >> i thought it was fantastic. >> he was the first person i've told. >> i've had this familial relationship with steve. i've loved the guy. he was a great brother-in-law. it hurt me for my sister but hurt me to see them fall apart.
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>> for any brother, when you see a sister have her heartbroken as you say you did the first time when the marriage fell apart, doesn't part of you feel that protective thing, i hope that doesn't happen again? >> let's go one step further, it's always been uncomfortable at least for me, that i had the very successful marriage for 33 years and she didn't. because we've always shared our careers and everything together. it's always been very difficult for me. when i saw that kind of getting emotional about this, when i saw them come back together, it was a great moment. >> it is emotional, it's a remarkable story. >> the best is when we were kneeling across the altar, when we were married in vegas, not by elvis -- >> it wasn't a drive-through chapel. >> they ask the man first, and he said first. our eyes were teary-eyed. it was beautiful. i saw our son sitting there and he was smiling. it was my turn to say it next.
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all of a sudden, this look on his little face kind of like, mom, you better say yes. and then i said, yes. his little face just beamed. >> it was beautiful. >> what was the moment for you when you thought i want to be back with this guy? was there a moment? >> you know, the only thing i can say is when it's right, it's really right. and there's not one piece of doubt in me that we weren't always right. it's just that we're smarter now. >> do you think the reason that -- >> even more incredibly, you wore the same dress that you wore when you first married him. >> yeah, i had designed this beautiful dress.
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my daughter rachel helped me design it. she designs my clothes in the show. but it showed up five days before the wedding in pieces. it was crazy. and four days, five days before, i got my dress, i found out out in my garage, a box with my original wedding dress. piers, i didn't even know i had it still. i took it down i was having it dry cleaned and put away because it had been opened. immediately i started crying because this dress was a mess the one i designed. the lady who was helping me said, "where's that dress?" i said it's at the dry cleaners. i called them up and said, have you started cleaning it yet? i need it back. and i put it on and it fit. >> you're the same size exactly as you were 26, 27 years ago? >> i had to let it out just a tiny bit right across my upper back. just like that much. >> there are women going i wish i could get in there.
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>> it was a waist cinch belt i was so happy. >> what did you think, donny, when you saw her in that dress? >> i have a picture up in my dressing room. they gave me of the picture. >> you got it? >> i started crying. there's my sister in the original wedding dress. it's a picture of my wife and myself, steve and marie, it's just -- it's one of my favorite pictures right now. >> looks like -- when we come back, i want to talk more about the wedding and special significance to the day that you got married. ♪ ...or something small? ...something old? ...or something new? ...or maybe, just maybe...
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marie, i want to talk to you about the -- >> what do you want to talk to me about? >> well, actually a sort of serious thing, actually. >> shall i leave? >> no, i want you to stay, too. the day you chose to get married was a very significant day. people didn't realize that really until they worked it out. it was the day that your mother was born. and it was the day that your son michael was born who tragically passed away a year ago. did you choose that day deliberately or was it a freak
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coincidence? >> no, i chose it deliberately. it was one of the reasons why we hurried to do it. it was either do it then or -- when's the next break? >> end of the august. >> and i didn't want to wait until august. i was born on my father's birthday. and i always celebrated with him. and michael always celebrated with my mom. it was chosen because -- that was a great day, that's the day he was born. and it was a wonderful, wonderful gift. he's amazing boy. that way, they could all be there symbolically. i know my mom had something to do with getting steve and me back together. i know she did. i think she even put that dress in my garage. >> would she have been happy? >> oh, yes. my mother -- >> our parents loved steve. >> they loved steve, right. >> what were you thinking about michael on the day you got married? given the fact it was the day he was born. >> as a matter of fact, i took a
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picture of stephen and all the kids, i had donny stand in for michael. and we're going to put michael's face on his body. >> photo shop me out. she does that a lot. >> i watched the oprah interview that you did. you talked about michael's death. donny, you came on as well. i was getting emotional watching it. it was heart wrenching to see you talk about it. i don't want to go over all of that again. i was struck by one thing, do you ever get over it or do you just learn to deal with it? what's the reality? >> you never get over that. somebody walked up to my daughter and said, so, are you over that now? and her heart broke. no. you know, there's always a place that's set in your heart at the dinner table. there's always a celebration where he's there. it doesn't heal. it just -- god gives you respites, you know, just little breathers. you know, he's my baby.
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so kind of a -- i had -- always had great empathy for people who lost a child because of my work with children's miracle network. being one of the founders. i've been with people who lost their children. i really thought i felt what they feel. and you do. but it's a really lousy club to belong to. >> it's the worst parental nightmare, isn't it? >> well, you know, god says you go through the sorrow to know the joys. and i know the great joy of his life. and he went through so much. and i learned a lot from the things that he went through, too. actually, in a lot of ways, going through -- his challenges helped me wake up from my own bad situations. and my past marriage and everything else. and he was -- you know, michael, little archangel. he was an angel and is an angel still. and i feel him. i felt him that day. i really did.
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>> you felt his presence on your wedding day? >> and my mom. i'm her only daughter, i know my mom. >> donny, what was it like for to you see your sister go through such a crushing tragedy and be working with her at the same time? >> you can only imagine what we went through here at the flamingo. she tried to go on stage a week after that ordeal an she did. after a week doing it, she just collapsed and said i can't do it. >> plus i was sick. the lungs symbolic, whatever emotional is grief. i couldn't breathe. we were coughing. i couldn't even sing. >> does performing act as a release as people often say it does? is it a way of getting back into your life? >> you got to be careful about that, piers. because it can be the wrong kind of medicine if you take too much of it. if you live for this, that's wrong. this is our job. we love doing what we do. but if you use it to cover up
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pain, just cover up pain, then you disregard all the things -- all the dirt in your life you that keep sweeping under the carpet. and it gets really dirty under there. at some point in time, got to pull back the carpet and clean out the dirt. it was great that marie was busy. and she did, she faced the issues, she addressed them and took care of them. >> marie, when you first went out and looked out and saw the audience, they would have known what happened to you. probably amazed that you were performing. did you draw a great comfort from the audience reaction? >> you know, everybody their reasons for doing things. for me, i had postpartum depression. i think part of me was if i didn't work, i don't know that i ever would again. and also, i believe in service, when you're in really great pain, if you step outside of your own pain and serve other people, it really helps. and that was my way of serving,
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making people feel better. and the way i coped with it at that time. >> but it was so interesting, piers, the amount of support that she got. not just from her family. but the band, the audience. here here at the flamingo. they rallied around marie. it was so interesting. it was so cool for us to see the amount of friendships that come out of the wood work when you're hurting. >> yeah. >> i think that really helps -- >> actually that week, a lady came through and gave me the best piece of advice. i asked her, i said, does it ever get better. she said, no, it won't. that actually was very comfortable to me. because -- i never would have had that advice if i had just gone in my room. i needed to be strong for my children. i needed to show them that you have to keep moving forward. and it was really tough. >> we do a meet and greet after every show where quite a few people come back to get autographs and sign pictures. all of that kind of stuff.
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get to talk to us. and it comes up nightly obviously. and the support and stories that people tell us. that's one of the nicest things about this. >> he was my rock. >> the nicest thing about this gig, those meet and greets after the show where you have that one to one contact with the fans. >> when you say donny was your rock, in what way? >> well, you know, he could tell i was hurting. i think there were times that i think he was hurting even more in some ways when i was feeling strong. so just the fact that i said i need to work. he said, okay, i'm here for you, whatever you need. and i just -- i really was afraid if i didn't, i would never be able to get back again. working and doing things and i'm glad i worked through it. it was really hard, really hard. but. it was, like you said, the fans, the support, it pulled it through.
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>> when we come back, i want to talk to you about the fame that you two were shoved through? wow still want to go through that? >> oh, piers, piers. okay. fiber one chewy bar.
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♪ it takes two baby it takes two bean ♪ when i was a young lad, about, i don't know, i must have been 7 or 8 years old, this group exploded. around the world. and particularly in britain. >> the jackson five, they were amazing, weren't they. tito, jermaine, michael. >> oh, the other ones? >> every girl i've got my eye on age 8, 9 didn't want me because they had donny on their mind. ♪ and they called it puppy
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love ♪ >> so you dominate might early life and ruined it. >> thank you, i meant to do that. >> it was a phenomenon. >> it was a crazy time in my life. >> the osmond was just -- you arrived at heathrow airport to be met by tens of thousands of screaming people. >> do you remember when the balconies collapsed from the weight? >> yes, i do. >> i saw that happen. >> what can you remember about that? >> i do. what's interesting, piers, i've had obviously many years to reflect upon that and figure out what the feelings are like, when i look at the pictures and the footage, it's almost as i'm looking at a different person. i've gone through so many different incarnations. the "puppy love" days, the "joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat" days. >> let me ask you, donny, along
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with the jacksons, the most famous show business family in the world. it's taken a heavy toll on the family, on all of you, in various ways because you have no choice, you're thrust through that door at a very young age. if i could take you back to the fame and give you the option not to go through that, to lead a completely normal, anonymous life, without everything that fame brings, would you take that option? >> if i could take it the way i have it at this very moment, i would walk through that door. i've looked at the experiences as a teeny bopper. i look at justin bieber and my heart breaks for him. everybody knows what he's going through. >> what's he going through? >> he's going through so much heartache ♪ baby, baby, baby he's going to hate it just like i hate "puppy love" -- >> do you still hate "puppy love"?
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>> no, i've gone through many doors where i embrace "puppy love." >> there have been moments in your career when "puppy love" was a millstone around your neck, wasn't it? >> yes, it was a millstone. >> will justin bieber have that? is it inevitable? >> he's got it now. you know, that kind of success at that age can really biting nut shorts, as it was, the proverbial shorts. >> what would you say to him, if i was justin bieber, what wow say? >> put the seat belt on, buddy, because it's going to be a bumpy ride. there are going to be times when people say you're not talented anymore. never give up on yourself. my wife was the only person on this planet that i could turn to and say am i able to be a star again. she said, yes, you can do it. everybody said it was over with.
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when i was 20, 21 years old. i had just got married. put yourself in my wife's shoes. all of these fans all across the world would have donny osmond -- record-burning parties. they would put my albums and burn them. >> and i remember girls having donny osmond wife burning parties? >> yeah. my wife could write a book, she never would. she's not that kind of person. >> how important to you, donny -- we talked about marie's life, how important has it been to you to have the love of a steady wife for 33 years? >> 33 years? it's the only thing that kept me sane. i'm not saying because i'm going to sound ego maniacal saying this. look at all the stars, my wife went through it with me, she was my rock. she kept me strong.
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five kids and three grandkids later. >> but he's always been there for his wife. that's the great love story that they have. you know, donny could have had anything. he's had everything in the world offered to him, as i have, as well. as a man, this says a lot about my brother. my brothers, they're good men. they learn that from my father who was an amazing man. but he's been there for his wife and his kids too, which is very commendable. >> we're going to take another short break. when we come back, i want to talk to you about the miracle of the new album after 30 years. >> after 30 years. yeah, hardly wait to talk about that one. she has this thing about bugs. no, no, no... i do not have a thing about bugs. i have a thing about bugs in our house. we used to call an exterminator. ugh... now i go ortho.
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♪ you got love you're living the good life ♪ you two have gone back in the studio and made an album together. >> after 30 years, piers, can you believe. >> what finally brought you back to recording? >> well, i had to hate until she stopped playing with dolls. then you get serious with recording. >> then my comment would be -- no. >> was it fun? >> well, you know -- i don't know fun is the right word. >> neither of you said yes first. >> when you put an album together, it's a work of art. we could slap a bunch of songs on it and ride the wave.
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but you know what you have to put your producer's hat on and your artist's hat on. it's like a blank canvas. you know what you want it to look like, until you start painting and see the final product, you never know. we took a lot of time and effort. >> was it fun? it was fun. >> is it hard or easy to be with your own brother when you're making a record? >> oh, you know, i think initially -- >> clearly something is going down here. >> oh, you're so full of it. >> big time! >> the thing that was fun was the process of picking songs. that was fun. >> that was fun. >> it was really tough, i was working on that album, doing this show and my other album at the same time. i turned my closet into my vocal booth, i would go home and finish this show and sing until 7:00 in the morning. >> i recorded up here in the dressing room. >> i'd ship it to him.
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if he did the lead, i would do the harmonies. it's not like we really sat and did it together. >> are you pleasantly surprised? >> yes, i have to say i'm pleasantly surprised because "donny & marie" is a big target. >> why do you say that? >> let's call it what it is, it's donny and marie. to hard core, rock 'n' roll and country critics, we're easy targets. >> what do you say? >> i don't. i think people grew up with us. and it's like you can see at the shows the last years. >> come on. >> what would you think the rock audience would think? >> to be honest with you, i don't care anymore. i am who i am. >> i think you do. >> i think he does, too. >> maybe deep down inside. everybody wants to be accepted. when go on stage, you want a standing ovation, you don't want to get booed off. >> i'm quite realistic about who watches my show and who likes it.
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>> i'm going to tell you something sammy davis jr. told me, the day you stop caring your show is the day you should quit. >> i agree with that. >> i care what about i do. when this album was put together i was painstakingly record might go vocals. selecting -- i know she did, too. i did more. i care about the product that comes out. when i say donny and marie is an easy target, come on, piers, to some people, they are. because they still put me in the "puppy love" category "paper roses" category -- hold on -- when they come out, they'll say donny and marie is so great. it means the world to me. >> it's not like it doesn't mean the world to me, too. especially we agreed we did this al album thinking this would be our last album, too. of. >> i don't know about that. >> i think she's decided. >> every song would have great meaning and a purpose.
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and there is something unique about us in the sense i think our blend. >> well, i'll tell you what's unique about the pair of you, actually. >> what? >> it's what you look like is unique to me. you have no right to look that beautiful or youthful. >> thank you. i -- oh, you're talking to her. >> when you shook my hand earlier, it was like i was being crushed by some iron man. >> he's tough. he's in shape. >> i'm going to the gym all the time. >> this show will keep new shape. >> we're going to take a little break. when we come back, i want to talk about your guns and your whole thing. >> there's a loaded statement. ♪ [ male announcer ] in 2011, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity,
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♪ so come on. what is the secret to you two looking so youthful? i need to know. start with you, donny.
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because you nearly ripped my arm off earlier. you are ripped. >> i go to the gym all the time. >> every day? >> not every day. i am very careful what i eat. i do take supplements. you know. because of food nowadays -- >> do you drink alcohol? >> i have never -- well, accidentally a couple times. but no, i don't drink alcohol, don't smoke. never smoked. i've never really -- >> never taken drugs? >> i've never had a desire to take drugs, no. >> you are mr. squeaky clean, aren't you? >> well, you know what, if that's what it takes to live a good life, yeah, call me squeaky clean. i used to hate that term. goody-goody and all that -- don't you dare. you want to get beat up, call me goody-goody or squeaky clean. but you know what, it's a compliment to me now because it got me through the hard years. >> when you see the likes of lady gaga and others really pushing it in terms of language and -- >> yeah. >> -- sexuality, all that kind of stuff in their lyrics and so on, do you feel offended? >> first of all, let me just make the statement, i think lady gaga is brilliant. you know, as a marketer, as a writer, as an artist she is madonna incarnate in my opinion.
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but i don't agree with a lot of the shock elements nowadays, a lot of artists take to get their face on a cover, to get on the charts. you know, in my opinion it's a cheap way to become popular. but i do think she's a very talented woman. >> you've admitted having one dose of botox. >> oh, yeah. i tried it. and you know, the reason why i don't want to do it anymore? because i was smiling like this. it's like who wants that kind of face? >> marie, talk me through this. i mean, this is -- >> talk me through this. >> dazzlingly sculpted. i mean, i don't even know how old you are, and if i was to guess -- >> i'm 29. >> if i met you, i would say 40. and i would. >> oh, you're so sweet. >> i'm actually being realistic. you look like you're 40. i know you can't be. because we've already discussed your history. >> how come i can't be? >> why don't we pretend you are? >> i like that. that would be my illusion. >> we know about your nutrition thing that you do.
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but what else do you do to keep in this kind of shape? >> well, i mean, i lost 50 pounds. i think the biggest thing is that when women kind of -- you get to a place in life where you take care of your kids, you take care of your husband, you take care of your parents, you stop taking care of yourself. and i think it's important to. >> do you exercise? >> i do. yeah, i do. >> what's the future holding for you? how long are you going to be performing here, for starters? >> to the end of this year. they want us longer but we'll see what happens. >> we'll see if we can handle it. >> without killing each other. >> is there anywhere you'd rather be performing? >> there's all kinds of opportunities. but what's different about nowadays than it was in the early '70s when we first started, is that things are apt to change quickly. it can change on a dime. so you don't lock the future too far in advance because there's so many opportunities. especially right now. with this wave that we're riding with donny and marie. we still have our -- >> what's your anthem? when you finish up here, the
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shows. because you're playing tonight. what do you go out on? >> we just changed the show. we have a brand new show. well, i'd say almost 80% is brand new. you can't take away some of the staples -- >> what's the song that -- >> country rock and role is what we're known for. ♪ i'm a little bit country >> but what do we end the show with? ♪ may tomorrow be a perfect day ♪ >> he has no clue what that is. >> i love that one. >> sing the rest of it. ♪ may tomorrow be a perfect day ♪ >> did you watch "donny and marie"? >> sing it, marie. i go through this every night. >> sing it. sing the last song. >> i said do you even know this song? and i said be honest. he goes, well, i never watched the tv show. >> it didn't air in britain. >> piers, we never watch your show either. how do you feel? >> well, sing me the song. ♪ may tomorrow >> he loves to sing. ♪ be a perfect day ♪ may you find love and laughter along the way ♪ >> finish the song, marie. ♪ may god keep you in tender
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care ♪ >> i never watched "donny and marie." we never had it in britain, "donny and marie." >> yes, you did. >> well, we had it but not in a way we used to watch mainstream television. what i want, and this is just for me, i want to hear one more time the song that broke my heart. >> that wasn't our song. >> i want a little bit of "puppy love." the song that you've loved and hated all your life. now i want a bit of "puppy love." >> i'm going to undo my microphone. >> you don't know what you do when you do this. >> what are you doing? ♪ and they wait. no. bad lighting. >> better lighting. ♪ and they called it puppy love ♪ >> oh, geez. ♪ oh, i'm very embarrassed >> you should be. he should be. >> that's what i grew up on. never mind "donny and marie" the tv show. it was always about "puppy love" for me.