Here Comes the Bride Again

Initially, an outpouring of good cheer greeted the announcement of Marie Osmond’s remarriage to her first husband, Stephen Craig, this past May twenty-five years after they had divorced.  As her brother Donny pointed out, “They decided you know, ‘We still love each other, and it’s time to get back together again.’”

Then came the comments and criticism, as bloggers took to their computers.

A marriage counselor recommended not trying this yourself unless you’re ready to trust again.

A relationship expert warned that the same troubles arise and cause heartache all over again.

Another quoted Albert Einstein who defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Gossip columnists called up similar situations and made comparisons to other celebrities, warning that the odds weren’t good for the newlyweds.

The on again off again over-heated love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton was most frequently mentioned, their off screen lives garnering as much attention and publicity as their movie star turns on the big screen.  They tied and untied the knot twice as the world watched.  “You can’t keep clapping a couple of sticks (of dynamite) together,” Burton philosophized, “Without expecting them to blow up.”

Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner also did it twice.  The first time jealousy and petty disagreements drove them apart.  Nine years into their second marriage she died tragically in a boating accident.

Certainly neither of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson’s two trips down the aisle ended well for them as a couple.

While this doesn’t bode well for the Craigs, it seems dire for Barbie and Ken.

Kiss and Make Up. Photo by: madelineyoki

In 2004 the playful pair split up after forty-three years of fun and games in the sun.  Rumors were going around that Barbie had hooked up with an Australian surfer dude called Blaine.  They were apparently true.

Earlier this year Ken decided all was forgiven.  He went public, professing his love on billboards in Times Square.  “Barbie,” he sentimentalized, “we were made for each other.”

Barbie fell for it.  “No doll can resist a sweet talker like Ken,” she said in an interview.  His role in Toy Story 3 undoubtedly improved his stature.

No one knows what the future holds.  But it’s a pretty good guess that for better or worse little girls everywhere will be buying diminutive wedding dresses, small-sized evening clothes, and lots of tiny accessories for the happy couple to celebrate their reunion.

© 2011 Susan Marg – All Rights Reserved


Announcing: Donny and Marie in Las Vegas (through October 2012)

Marie Osmond at the Flamingo. Photo by: Susan Marg

Often referred to as “Sin City,” Las Vegas’s claim to the title of “Marriage Capital of the World” has merit, as well.  Over 110,000 marriages take place there each year, plus another 40,000 to 50,000 renewals, commitment ceremonies, and other professions of “till death do us part.”

Everyone has an opinion about such goings on.  It is either oily Elvis impersonators and kitschy decorations or glamour and glitter under the neon lights. There’s no in between, let alone happily ever after.

Marie Osmond’s wedding this past May was an exception to popular attitudes. Then again, she and her husband live in Las Vegas.

Divorced over four years ago from her second husband of twenty years, she remarried her first husband, Stephen Craig, at the Las Vegas Mormon Temple in keeping with their faith.  It was a private, family affair, kept secret from even those closest to her until three days before the event to keep the paparazzi away.  The reception was held at their home.

Afterwards, the bride and groom were pleased to pose for pictures.  She wore the original gown by costumer designer Ret Turner from her first wedding almost thirty years earlier.  Being a Nutrisystem spokesperson really paid off.  “I can’t breathe, but I’m in it,” she declared.  Craig, a former basketball player who filled out over time, went with a black rather than white tuxedo.  They both looked happy.

Marie was back at work less than a week later.  She’s been appearing with her brother Donny at the 750-seat Flamingo Showroom five days a week for thirty-six weeks a year since September 2008.

The siblings put on a variety show.  Does that sound familiar? It’s a high-energy 90-minute multi-media extravaganza that showcases their talents and charm.  She sings a little bit country; he sings some rock ‘n roll. Together they joke around and have fun.  The crowd of all ages loves it.

Now, that sounds like Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World.

© 2011 Susan Marg – All Rights Reserved