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Mormons and Hollywood: 40 Fascinating Facts


5. The Osmond brothers had their own cartoon show in 1972.

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Alan, Merrill, Wayne, Jay, Donny, and Jimmy starred in 17 episodes of ABC's The Osmonds cartoon series in 1972. The cartoons included fictional adventures of the famous brothers as they traveled around the world to promote good will for the United States in places like France, China, India, Spain, Bavaria, Italy, Australia, England, Denmark, and Transylvannia. Along the way, the brothers competed in a ping pong tournament against China and attended a vampire's party, Donny became a bullfighter to impress a girl and traveled back in time to meet a princess, and Jimmy met a mermaid and made friends with a genie.

But the Osmonds weren't the only musical brothers with their own cartoon show at the time. In fact, there was a period when The Osmonds aired back-to-back with The Jackson 5ive cartoon—a family with whom the Osmonds reportedly had a good friendship.

Check out the opening credits of The Osmonds below, and don't miss the brothers' very funky airplane!


6. Gladys Knight was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1977.

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The “Empress of Soul” made her film debut with the lead role in Pipe Dreams (1976). For her performance, Knight received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture.

In 2003, Knight had a small role in the hit movie Hollywood Homicide, starring Harrison Ford. She was also featured in Tyler Perry's film I Can Do Bad All By Myself  (2009).

In addition to film roles, Knight guest-starred on several television series, including The Jeffersons, A Different World, Benson, Living Single, The Jamie Foxx Show, and New York Undercover. She also made a number of television cameo appearances on shows such as 30 Rock and Las Vegas.

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