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The Associated Press
May 30, 1979

SALT LAKE CITY - First came a pie in the face and then came a diamond ring ‑‑ and that's how teen singer Marie Osmond started on the road to matrimony.

The 19‑year‑old Marie ‑‑ half of television's brother‑and‑sister singing act ‑‑ said Tuesday she plans to marry actor Jeff Crayton at the Mormon Temple in mid‑August.

Miss Osmond and Crayton, 23, a student at Brigham Young University, became engaged Monday at the Osmond's television studios in Orem, 30 miles south of here. It was not your usual proposal.

"In 1977, Marie surprised me with a pie in the face on April's Fool's Day. I vowed to get even with her," Crayton said. "So yesterday I called her out of rehearsal and I told her to close her eyes and that I had a big surprise and got her in the face with a banana cream pie."

From there, on bended knee, Crayton gave his betrothed a one‑carat diamond ring with four smaller diamonds on each side.


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