All About Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue


On Friday, May 15th, iconic couple Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue appeared as the featured guests of Barbara’s first webinar. Moderated by Chicago journalist, Rick Kogan, the couple revealed that their New York Times bestseller, What Makes a Marriage Last, is a compelling and intimate collection of intriguing conversations with famous couples about their enduring marriages and how they have made them last through the challenges we all share. Watch a replay of our webinar below:


Marlo and Phil crisscrossed the country conducting intimate conversations with forty celebrated couples whose long marriages they’ve admired—from award-winning actors, athletes, and newsmakers to writers, comedians, musicians, and a former U.S. president and First Lady. Through these conversations, Marlo and Phil also revealed the rich journey of their own marriage. 


Phillip John Donahue (born December 21, 1935) is an American media personality, writer, film producer and the creator and host of The Phil Donahue Show. The television program, later known as Donahue, was the first talk show format that included audience participation. The show had a 29-year run on national television in America that began in Dayton, Ohio in 1967 and ended in New York City in 1996.

His shows have often focused on issues that divide liberals and conservatives in the United States, such as abortionconsumer protectioncivil rights and war issues. His most frequent guest was Ralph Nader, for whom Donahue campaigned in 2000. Donahue also briefly hosted a talk show on MSNBC from July 2002 to March 2003.

Donahue is one of the most influential talk show hosts and has been called the “king of daytime talk.” Oprah Winfrey has stated, “If it weren’t for Phil Donahue, there would never have been an Oprah Show.” In 1996, Donahue was ranked #42 on TV Guides 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. -Wikipedia

Margaret Julia “Marlo” Thomas (born November 21, 1937) is an American actress, producer, author, and social activist best known for starring on the sitcom That Girl (1966–1971) and her award-winning children’s franchise Free to Be… You and Me. She has received four Emmys, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award for her work in television, and she has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. She has also received a Grammy Award for her children’s album Marlo Thomas and Friends: Thanks & Giving All Year Long. In 2014, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Thomas serves as National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which was founded by her father Danny Thomas in 1962. She created the Thanks & Giving campaign in 2004 to support the hospital. -Wikipedia


The Phil Donahue Show, also known as Donahue, is an American television talk show hosted by Phil Donahue that ran for 26 years on national television. Its run was preceded by three years of local broadcast on WLWD in Dayton, Ohio, and it was broadcast nationwide between 1970 and 1996. From Dayton, the show moved to Chicago then to New York City.

In 2002, Donahue was ranked twenty-ninth on TV Guide magazine’s list of the fifty greatest television shows of all-time. -Wikipedia

MARLO TALKS TO JOAN RIVERS (Reveals that she doesn’t want to get married…)

“THAT GIRL” Starring Marlo Thomas (Season 1 | Episode 1) 1966

That Girl is an American sitcom that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971 about aspiring actress Ann Marie who moves to New York and works at a series of temp jobs while waiting for her big break in show business, while her overprotective father, Lou, looks on nervously. Although she is focused on her career, Ann also finds time to fall for magazine executive Donald Hollinger, to whom she eventually becomes engaged. Ted Bessell played her boyfriend Donald Hollinger, That Girl included a wonderful array of guest stars including Bernie Kopell, Ruth Buzzi, Dabney Coleman, Rob Reiner, Richard Dreyfuss, Carroll O’Connor, Teri Garr, Ethel Merman, Rob Reiner, Bill Bixby, Dick Shawn, Gary Marshall, Sid Caesar, Barry Williams, Vic Tayback, Larry Storch, Danny Thomas, McLean Stevenson, Avery Schreiber, Monty Hall, Jack Cassidy, Carl Reiner, Pat Boone, Russell Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Kenneth Mars, Regis Philbin, Joe Flynn, James Gregory, Reva Rose and Dick Van Patten. Clara Bow was the original It girl. In the 1960s, Marlo Thomas was all That. That Girl helped pave the way for future TV Shows like, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Murphy Brown, and Ally McBeal, and New Girl. That Girl was developed by writers Bill Persky and Sam Denoff, who had served as head writers on The Dick Van Dyke Show (with which Thomas’s father, Danny Thomas, was closely associated) earlier in the 1960s. -YouTube

“THAT GIRL” Starring Marlo Thomas (Season 2 | Episode 1) 1967

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