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Marlo Thomas


Marlo Thomas is an American Stage Actress. Marlo Thomas is also a producer popular for starring in the sitcom “That Girl”. She is a philanthropist as well and was able to become the National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Birth Facts and Education

Marlo Thomas was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA, on November 21, 1937. She is 86 years old and is under the astrological sign, Scorpio. She holds American nationality and her full name is Margaret Julia “Marlo” Thomas.

Her mother’s name is Rose Marie Cassaniti and her father’s name is Danny Thomas. She also has a sister and a brother and their names are Terre and Tony Thomas.

Likewise, Danny Thomas was a philanthropist, singer, producer, nightclub comedian, and actor. His career was able to span five decades in America.

On the other hand, her brother is an Academy Award-nominated American television and film producer. Moreover, Thomas’s father was a Roman Catholic Lebanese American whereas her mother was Sicilian American.

Her grandmother also was a famous American Actress and her name is Loretta Young.

Regarding Marlo’s educational background and qualifications, she attended Marymount High School and graduated from the University of Southern California with a teaching degree in the year 1959.

Thomas also was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta.

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Caption: Marlo’s childhood picture with her father (Source: Instagram)

Relationship Status

Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue tied the knot on May 21, 1980, Phil Donahue is a trailblazing talk show host and had his television show for twenty-six years.

Marlo was a guest on Donahue, the television talk show, in the year 1977. It was the first time they met each other and they instantly fell in love and experienced their “love at first sight”.

Likewise, Phil Donahue was married to Marge Cooney and had five children from his previous marriage. The couple is still together and is happily married now.

Talking about Thomas’s past relationships, she was in a long relationship with playwright Herb Gardner. He was an American commercial artist, cartoonist, playwright, and screenwriter.

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Caption: Marlo with her husband, Phil Donahue (Source: Instagram)

Body Measurements

Marlo Thomas has a height of 5 feet 4 inches and her weight is 56 Kg. Thomas’s other body measurements such as her chest size, waist size, and hip size, are 35-28-36 inches respectively.

Moreover, Marlo has brown eyes and brown hair as well.

Career and Professional Life

Marlo Thomas started her acting career a few years after she graduated from the university. She started appearing on TV like 77 Sunset Strip, Bonanza, and The Donna Reed Show in the 1960s.

However, she had a breakthrough and her career took off when she landed the lead in a new series called “That Girl”. It was after joining the 1965 London production of Barefoot in the Park.

Marlo Thomas starred as an aspiring actress and model Ann Marie. Through this sitcom, she was able to make herself a household name and also was able to earn” the Best TV Star, Female, Golden Globe” in the year 1967.

Likewise, Marlo produced and starred in the children’s TV special “Free to Be… You and Me” in the year 1974. This show was able to win an “Emmy Award” which is Marlo’s first after multiple acting nominations for “That Girl”.

Moreover, she continued to make occasional screen appearances throughout the ’70s and ’80s. She also was able to win another Emmy Award in the year 1986 for “Nobody’s Child”. She also won another Emmy for 1989’s “Free to Be… a Family”.

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Caption: Marlo’s series ” That Girl” (Source: MeTV)

More About Career

Marlo Thomas was able to appear as a guest star on shows like Roseanne, Frasier, Law & Order: SVU, and Ugly Betty from the ’90s into the new millennium.

She again was able to receive yet another Emmy nomination for her role as the mother of Rachel Green on the hit sitcom “Friends”. Likewise, Marlo launched the AOL/General Mills online program “Mondays With Marlo” in the year 2010.

It is a successful half-hour talk show aimed toward women over 35 that features discussions with celebrities such as Suze Orman and Chelsea Clinton.

Moreover, she continues to contribute to TV as well as film projects, appearing in the Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later in 2017 and the heist comedy Ocean’s 8 the following year.

Furthermore, Marlo Thomas was able to make her Broadway debut in the 1974 Herb Gardner play “Thieves”. She also appeared in the film version in the year 1977.

She then starred in the 1986 domestic comedy “Social Security” and in the one-act play “George Is Dead” in the year 2011.

Books, Charity, and More

Marlo has been able to publish several best-selling books. Some of them are Free to Be… a Family: A Book About All Kinds of Belonging, The Right Words at the Right Time, as well as her memoir, Growing Up Laughing.

Likewise, Marlo along with her husband teamed up to publish “What Makes a Marriage Last: 40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life” in the year 2020.

It also featured interviews with high-profile couples such as Billy and Janice Crystal and Elton John and David Furnish.

Moreover, Marlo Thomas is very active in charity work. She works for her late father’s favorite cause, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, which he founded in the year 1962.

Furthermore, apart from the Emmys and Golden Globe, she has been able to earn a Peabody and a Grammy and also was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

She also was able to receive an array of honors, including the Helen Caldicott Award for Nuclear Disarmament, the American Women in Radio and Television Satellite Award, and the William Kunstler Racial Justice Award for her activism.

Likewise, Thomas was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in the year 2014.

Marlo Thomas – Social Media

Marlo does own social accounts. She owns an Instagram account under the name “Marlo Thomas” and has garnered 61.3K followers on it.

Likewise, she also owns Twitter and Facebook accounts and has mustered 67.2K and 1.1 million followers respectively.

Marlo Thomas – Net Worth 2024

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Marlo Thomas has a net worth of $150 million and her main income source is her career acting.