Marlo Thomas is known as an American social activist, producer, and actress. She is most famous for her role as Ann Marie on the sitcom, "That Girl". Margaret Julia Marlo Thomas was born in 1937, the eldest child of comedian Danny Thomas and his wife, Rose Marie Cassaniti. She has a sister, Terre, and a brother, Tony Thomas.
Marlo had a great childhood growing up in California. She was born in Michigan, but her family moved to California during her formative years. Her father was from Lebanon, while her mother was from Italy. Her parents started calling her Margo, which eventually became Marlo due to a mispronunciation from her other family members.
Marlo attended Marymount High School in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California with a teaching degree. She said she wanted a piece of paper that declared her qualified to do something in the world. She was very proud of her degree and was happy to bring something home to her parents.
Marlo Thomas was in a long relationship with playwright Herb Gardner, but they did not get married. In 1977, Thomas was a guest on the daytime TV television show called Donahue. There, she met the host, Phil Donahue, and became hopelessly in love with him from the start. After three years of marriage, they got married on May 21, 1980. She helped raise the five children from a previous marriage during their marriage, but they never had any children.
Marlo was in many television shows at the start of her career, including Bonanza, McHale's Navy, Ben Casey, Arrest and Trial, The Joey Bishop Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, 77 Sunset Strip, and The Donna Reed Show. Her big break came in 1965 when she was cast by Mike Nichols in the London production of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park and had a role in Nichols' Broadway show, Social Security.
This momentum led to her role on That Girl, which would become the biggest highlight of her career. She attended the Actors Studio and studied with Lee Strasberg and Sandra Seacat when she won her Best Dramatic Actress Emmy in 1986 for the TV movie Nobody's Child. Due to her excellent work on TV, she received an Emmy four times, a Golden Globe Award, and a George Foster Peabody Award. She was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.
Marlo's father, Danny, was renowned for being a comedian who laughed at everyone he interacted with. In a memoir called Growing Up Laughing, released in September 2010, Marlo wrote about how she was raised by such a great and funny man. The book included interviews with comedy icons such as Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Robin Williams, and Ben Stiller, who were more than happy to share their stories about Marlo's father.
In Memphis, her father was highly respected, so much so that they even made a statue of him at St. Jude's Children's Hospital. In an interview with Smashing Interviews Magazine, Marlo was asked about how she felt about the figure. She said, "I was surprised that it touched me because my brother, sister, and I had worked on it for two years. We worked on what it was going to look like, and it's odd when you have a statue of your father. Every time we saw the drawings, we would say, 'Oh, that's not his nose. That's not his lips or hairline. That's not the length of his jacket.' But it does look pretty much like him. I mean, it's not exactly like him, but from a distance, it looks a lot like him."
|Birth Date:||21 Nov, 1937|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Description:||American actress, producer, and social activist|
|Spouse:||Phil Donahue [M. 1980]|
|Net Worth 2020:||150 million|
|Net Worth 2021:||150 million|