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Donny Osmond Gets Married
The Associated Press
By Vern Anderson, Associated Press Writer
May 8, 1978

SALT LAKE CITY - "When you love someone, why wait?," singing star Donny Osmond said Monday, minutes after his marriage to Debra Glenn in the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple.

Osmond, 20, co‑star with his sister Marie on ABC television's "The Donny and Marie Show," said he married the 19‑year‑old Brigham Young University student from Provo because of "her spirituality, her family and her love toward me."

"This is something I've always wanted in life ‑ a temple marriage," he said at a brief news conference.

The couple announced their engagement April 22 in Hawaii, with tentative plans for a June wedding. However, Osmond family spokesman Ron Clark said the couple decided last week to marry Monday because Osmond wanted his bride with him during a three‑week singing engagment in Las Vegas beginning Tuesday.

Elder Paul R. Dunn, a member of the Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints and a long‑time family friend, performed the ceremony just after 8 a.m. He said he counseled the couple "about the basic principles of life" in preparation for an eternal marriage.

Mormons believe marriages in the church's temples are binding beyond death.

The ceremony was restricted to about 40 family members and friends. The bride wore a white, full‑length wedding gown with a high‑necked, lace front and long veil. When the couple merged, Osmond had changed from the white worn in the temple to adark suit.

Asked what effect his marriage would have on his fans, Osmond said, "People are accepting it so great now." He said his mail since announcement of the engagement had been favorable toward the union.

The former Miss Glenn, her arm around her husband's waist, said the couple would make their home in Provo, where "I'll be with him and do what he wants." She said she would no longer be a full‑time student. "I might take some home study courses but I'd to stay home and be a wife and raise a family."

She smiled when a reporter asked if she minded that her husband was the idol of thousands of young women.

Following the ceremony, the couple remained on the temple grounds with members of the family ‑ including Marie and brother Jimmy Osmond ‑ posing for photographers before moving to a five‑minute news conference outside the nearby Church Office Building.

The new Mrs. Osmond is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Avery L. Glenn. She moved to Provo at the age of 12 from Billings, Mont., and graduated from Provo High School last year.

As the couple strode arm‑in‑arm to meet reporters, an unidentified young girl threw her arms around Osmond's neck, embraced him, and then repeated the gesture with the bride before a church security officer pried her away.

Clark said Miss Glenn was given a bit part in the motion picture "Aloha Donny and Marie" so she could be with her fiance on location in Honolulu last month. The movie will be released in October.


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