Who is Marlo Thomas?
Marlo Thomas is a veteran Hollywood actress, who enjoyed fame in the late ‘60s and early ’70s with the role of Ann Marie in the TV comedy series “That Girl” (1965-1971), and also for her own children’s book “Free to Be… You and Me”, which spawned a series of TV specials and films “Free to Be… You and Me” (1972, and 1974), and “Free to Be… A Family” in 1987, among numerous other projects on which she’s worked.
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So, do you want to find out more about Marlo Thomas, from her childhood years to most recent career endeavors, including her personal life as well? If yes, then stay with us for the length of the article, as we introduce you to this Golden Globe Award-winning actress.
Marlo Thomas Wiki: How Old Marlo Thomas is? Childhood, Education
She was born Margaret Julia Thomas on the 21st November 1937 in Detroit, Michigan USA, which makes her 81 years old. She is the oldest of three children born to Danny Thomas, a comedian, and his wife Rose Marie Cassaniti. Her siblings include Tony Thomas, a producer, and a sister Terre; she is of Lebanese and Sicilian (Italian) ancestry. Marlo grew up in Beverly Hills, California and went to Marymount High School in Los Angeles. Following her matriculation, she enrolled at the University of Southern California, from which she obtained a teaching degree.
Marlo’s acting career started in 1960, with a minor role in the TV series “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”. After her debut, Marlo continued with minor roles such as Amina in the TV series “77 Sunset Strip” the same year, but then in 196, she was chosen for her first recurring role, as Stella Barnes in the TV series “The Joey Bishop Show” (1961-62). Gradually Marlo was becoming more popular, and in addition to acting roles, she also became a frequent guest host and panelist in several shows, including “What’s My Line?” in 1965.
Rise to Stardom
The same year, Marlo was chosen for what became her career role, as Ann Marie in the sitcom “That Girl”; the show lasted from 1965 until 1971, and Marlo featured in 137 episodes of the Golden Globe Award-winning show, and was the recipient of the prestigious award in the category for Best TV Star – Female. In 1967 she was fashion hostess in the show “Dream Girl of ‘67”, so becoming a national star and enjoying fame throughout the late ’60s and early ’70s, but then disappeared from the acting world, and focused more on television shows, while also attending drama classes under the one and only Lee Strasberg.
During the ‘70s, she made only a couple of appearances as an actress, including the role of Sally Cramer in the film “Thieves” in 1977, and the same year as Mary Bailey Hatch in the television film “It Happened One Christmas”. After this, she took another break from on-screen roles. which lasted until the mid- ‘80s, but this time she was more focused on work in theater. She made a big return to the screen with the part of Marie Balter in the television film “Nobody’s Child” for which she earned a Golden Globe Award nomination in the category for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Continual Success and Recent Work
Marlo continued quite successfully into the next decade, first with the lead role in the comedy film “In the Spirit” (1990), then another lead, this time in the drama film “Reunion” in 1994, co-starring Peter Strauss and Frances Sternhagen, while from 1996 until 2002 she appeared as Sandra Green in several episodes of the highly-acclaimed TV series “Friends”. Marlo started the new millennium with the part of Sheila Goldstein in the drama film “Playing Mona Lisa”, with Alicia Witt, Harvey Fierstein and Johnny Galecki, among other stars of the film.
From 2005 to 2012, Marlo was focused on other endeavors, such as working on her books, publishing seven best-selling books “Free to Be… You and Me”, “Free to Be… A Family”, “The Right Words at the Right Time”, “The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 2: Your Turn”, “Marlo Thomas and Friends: Thanks & Giving All Year Long”, then “Growing Up Laughing”, and “It Ain’t Over… Till It’s Over: Reinventing Your Life and Realizing Yours Dreams Anytime, At Any Age”. Since the 2010s, Marlo has made several more notable appearances, such as Lynne in the film “The Female Brain”, and as Rene in the action film “Ocean’s Eight” in 2018, which is her latest on-screen role.
Honors and Awards
In addition to her Golden Globe Award, Marlo has also received four Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award and a Peabody Award, and is also the owner of a Jefferson Award. Thanks to her contribution to both community and the acting profession, Marlo was given the Women in Film Lucy Award, while in November 2014, the then-President Barack Obama presented Marlo with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony in White House, which is the highest US award that any civilian can receive.
I gave the commencement address to the first graduating class of PhD students of St Jude. A very exciting day in our history! pic.twitter.com/xvscI26XEV
— Marlo Thomas (@MarloThomas) June 24, 2019
Marlo Thomas Personal Life, Husband, Marriage, Children
Now to focus on Marlo’s personal life; at the peak of her popularity, Marlo was in a romantic relationship with playwright Herb Gardner, which lasted from the late ‘60s until the early ‘70s.
It was in 1977 that Marlo made a guest appearance in the “Donahue” show, and once she met the host and creator, Phil Donahue, she fell in love, and the two married in 1980 – they’ve been together ever since, and now reside in Manhattan. The two don’t have children of their own, but have raised Phil’s five children from his previous relationship.
Marlo Thomas Internet Fame
Although she is a veteran actress and in her ninth decade, Marlo is quite active on social media platforms. She has more than a million fans on her official Facebook page, while on Twitter Marlo is followed by more than 65,000 loyal fans. You can find her on Instagram as well, on which she has just over 12,000 followers. She has used her popularity to promote her career, but also has shared events from her personal life, her opinions, ideas, and interests.