Marlo Thomas is a stage actress from the United States. Marlo Thomas is a producer who is most known for her role in the comedy “That Girl.” She is also a philanthropist, having worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as the National Outreach Director.
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Marlo Thomas’s Early Life and Education
Marlo Thomas was born on November 21, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan, United States. She is 83 years old and is born under the sign of Scorpio. Margaret Julia “Marlo” Thomas is her full name, and she is an American citizen. Rose Marie Cassaniti is her mother’s name, and Danny Thomas is her father’s. Terre and Tony Thomas, her sister and brother, are her other family members. Danny Thomas, a philanthropist, singer, producer, nightclub comedian, and actor, was also a philanthropist. His career spanned five decades in the United States. Her brother, on the other hand, is an Academy Award-nominated television and film producer from the United States. Furthermore, Thomas’ father was a Roman Catholic Lebanese American, while her mother was Sicilian. Loretta Young, her grandmother, was also a well-known American actress. Marlo attended Marymount High School and received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Southern California in 1959. Thomas was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
Marlo Thomas’s Career
Marlo Thomas began her acting career after graduating from university a few years ago. In the 1960s, she began appearing on television shows such as 77 Sunset Strip, Bonanza, and The Donna Reed Show. When she earned the main role in a new series called “That Girl,” however, she had a tremendous breakthrough and her career took off. It happened when she joined the London production of Barefoot in the Park in 1965. Ann Marie, an aspiring actress, and model was played by Marlo Thomas.
She was able to become a household name thanks to this sitcom, which also earned her the Golden Globe for “Best TV Star, Female” in 1967. Similarly, in 1974, Marlo Thomas produced and performed in the children’s television program “Free to Be… You and Me.” After several acting nominations for “That Girl,” this program was able to win an “Emmy Award,” which is Marlo’s first. Moreover, she continued to appear on-screen on occasion in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1986, she was also able to win another Emmy Award for “Nobody’s Child.” She also won an Emmy for “Free to Be… a Family” in 1989.
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 featured 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.
Marlo Thomas has been able to publish several best-selling books. And 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’s Relationship
Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue tied the knot on May 21, 1980, and Phil Donahue is a trailblazing talk show host and had his own 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 till 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.
Marlo Thomas’s 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.
Social Media and Net Worth
Marlo Thomas 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. According to celebrity net worth, Marlo Thomas has a net worth of $150 million and her main income source is her career acting.