• Marlo Thomas is a veteran Hollywood actress best known for her role in the TV comedy series “That Girl” (1965-1971) and the book “Free to Be… You and Me”.
• She was born in Detroit, Michigan, and is of Lebanese and Sicilian (Italian) ancestry.
• She has won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe Award, four Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award and a Peabody Award, and was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony in White House.
• She has been married to Phil Donahue since 1980, and they don’t have children of their own, but have raised Phil’s five children from his previous relationship.
• She is active on social media platforms with more than a million fans on Facebook and over 65,000 followers on Twitter.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$35 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 21, 1937
SpousePhil Donahue
MarkRaspy Voice
FactHer sister Terre Thomas, her brother Tony Thomas and her father Danny Thomas all appeared on the That Girl (1966) episode, That Girl: My Sister's Keeper (1969).

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.

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 Thomas

Career Beginnings

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.

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.

General Info

Full NameMarlo Thomas
Net Worth$35 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 21, 1937
Height1.63 m
ProfessionTelevision producer, Social activist, Actor
EducationMarymount High School, University of Southern California, Beverly Hills High School


SpousePhil Donahue
ParentsDanny Thomas, Rose Marie Mantell Thomas
SiblingsTony Thomas, Terre Thomas


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Special, Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star - Female, Dayt...
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress, Golden Globe Award for B...
MoviesIt Happened One Christmas, Nobody's Child, Consenting Adult, Playing Mona Lisa, Jenny, The Real Blonde, LOL, In the Spirit, Two Against Time, Starstruck, Deceit, In the Woods, Thieves, The Body Human: Facts for Girls
TV ShowsThat Girl, The Danny Thomas Hour, The Joey Bishop Show, She's Nobody's Baby: The History of American Women in the 20th Century

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#Marks / Signs
1Raspy Voice


1[on her debt to Lee Strasberg and Sandra Seacat, from her 2010 autobiography] I only wish Lee could have lived to see me portray a schizophrenic in Nobody's Child (1986). I never could have gotten near playing that kind of part without Lee's exercises, and the subsequent work I did and continue to do with his primary disciple, the brilliant Sandra Seacat.
2My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.


1Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama 24 November 2014.
2Lifelong friends with Gloria Steinem.
3Release of her book, "Free to Be...You and Me". [2008]
4Released her lastest book, "The Right Words at the Right Time: Volume 2 - Your Turn". [2006]
5Released of her New York Times #1 best-selling book, "The Right Words at the Right Time". [2002]
6Release of her memoir, "Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny". [2010]
7Currently appearing in "Roger is Dead" at the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey. [May 2008]
8Thomas & Donohue, long-time residents of Westport, Connecticut recently sold their sprawling Long Island Sound estate for close to its asking price, just under $30 million, moving to a smaller property across town. [December 2006]
9St. Jude Children's Research Hospital national outreach director.
10She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
11Godmother is Loretta Young.
12Future successful TV producer Aaron Spelling wrote the script for one of her very earliest TV roles, an appearance with her father Danny Thomas on the anthology series Zane Grey Theater (1956) telecast on Feb. 2, 1961: Zane Grey Theater: Honor Bright (1961).
13She is of Lebanese and Italian origins. Her father is Lebanese and her mother is Italian. Her mother's maiden name was Rose Marie Cassaniti.
14Remained friends with That Girl (1966) costar Ted Bessell until his death. Thomas insisted Bessell see a doctor (which he did), when he complained of chest pains only days before he died.
15Her sister Terre Thomas, her brother Tony Thomas and her father Danny Thomas all appeared on the That Girl (1966) episode, That Girl: My Sister's Keeper (1969).
16Attended Beverly Hills High School in California.




Cardboard Boxer2016
Ballers2015TV SeriesJason's Mother
Happily Never After2013-2014TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Being Experience2013/I
The New Normal2012TV SeriesNancy Niles
Ugly Betty2007TV SeriesSandra Winthrop
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2004TV SeriesJudge Mary Clark
Deceit2004TV MovieEllen McCarthy
Friends1996-2002TV SeriesSandra Green
Two Against Time2002TV MovieJulie Portman
Ally McBeal2000TV SeriesLynnie Bishop
Playing Mona Lisa2000Sheila Goldstein
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo1999Margaret (uncredited)
Frasier1999TV SeriesSophie
Starstruck1998Linda Phaeffle
The Real Blonde1997Blair
Roseanne1996TV SeriesTina Beige
Reunion1994TV MovieJessie Yates
Ultimate Betrayal1994TV MovieAdult Sharon Rodgers
Held Hostage: The Sis and Jerry Levin Story1991TV MovieLucille 'Sis' Levin
In the Spirit1990Reva Prosky
Nobody's Child1986TV MovieMarie Balter
Consenting Adult1985TV MovieTess Lynd
The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck1984TV MovieKathryn Beck
It Happened One Christmas1977TV MovieMary Bailey Hatch
Thieves1977Sally Cramer
The Practice1976TV SeriesJudy Sinclair
Acts of Love and Other Comedies1973TV MovieHost / Gina / Susan / ...
The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie1973TV SeriesAnne Marie
That Girl1965-1971TV SeriesAnn Marie
Cricket on the Hearth1967TV MovieBertha (voice)
The Danny Thomas Hour1967TV SeriesBertha Plummer
Ben Casey1965TV SeriesClaire Schaeffer
The Donna Reed Show1965TV SeriesDavid's Goddaughter Louise Bissell
Two's Company1965TV MovieCaroline Sommers
Valentine's Day1965TV SeriesStacy
McHale's Navy1964TV SeriesCynthia Prentice
Wendy and Me1964TV SeriesCarol
My Favorite Martian1964TV SeriesPaula
Bonanza1964TV SeriesTai Lee
Arrest and Trial1964TV SeriesAngela Tucci
The Joey Bishop Show1961-1962TV SeriesStella Barnes
Insight1962TV SeriesJeanne Brown
Make Room for Daddy1961TV SeriesStella Mason
Thriller1961TV SeriesSusan Baker
Zane Grey Theater1961TV SeriesLaurie Dubro
77 Sunset Strip1960TV SeriesAmina
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis1960TV SeriesFrank's Girlfriend


Deceit2004TV Movie executive producer
Our Heroes, Ourselves2002TV Movie executive producer
Two Against Time2002TV Movie executive producer
Reunion1994TV Movie executive producer
Taken Away1989TV Movie executive producer
Free to Be... a Family1988TV Movie executive producer: USA
Leap of Faith1988TV Movie executive producer
CBS Summer Playhouse1988TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck1984TV Movie executive producer
It Happened One Christmas1977TV Movie producer
Free to Be... You & Me1974TV Movie producer
That Girl1967-1971TV Series executive producer - 8 episodes


Free to Be... You & Me1974TV Movie performer: "Parents Are People"
That Girl1967-1971TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Cricket on the Hearth1967TV Movie performer: "Smiles Go With Tears", "That Was Yesterday"


Free to Be... You & Me1974TV Movie television developer


The Guys2002special thanks


Tavis Smiley2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Insider2014TV SeriesHerself
ABC World News Tonight with David Muir2013TV SeriesHerself - Person of the Week
The View2004-2013TV SeriesHerself
Makers: Women Who Make America2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Pioneers of Television2008-2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The 2012 NCRM Freedom Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Recipient: Humanitarian Award
Every Woman2011-2012TV Series documentaryHerself - Guest
Happily Never After2012TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
The Fran Drescher Show2010TV SeriesHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Huckabee2010TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2010TV SeriesHerself
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet2008TV SeriesHerself
Stand Up to Cancer2008TV MovieHerself
Rachael Ray2007TV SeriesHerself
TV Land Confidential2007TV Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
Larry King Live2005-2006TV SeriesHerself
The Young Hollywood Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
The Tony Danza Show2004-2006TV SeriesHerself
TV Land's Top Ten2004-2005TV Series documentaryHerself
The Funniest Families of Television Comedy: A Museum of Television & Radio Special2004TV MovieHerself
TV Land Moguls2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards2004TV SpecialHerself
Good Day Live2004TV SeriesHerself
Great Women of Television Comedy2003TV MovieHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996-2002TV SeriesHerself
Our Heroes, Ourselves2002TV MovieHost
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-2002TV SeriesHerself
TVography: That Girl2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 12th Annual Golden Laurel Awards2001TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Annual Film Society of Lincoln Center Honors Mike Nichols1999TV MovieHerself
Kids Are Punny1998TV MovieHerself / Voice (voice)
The Annual Museum of Television and Radio Gala1997TV MovieHerself
50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television1996TV Special documentaryHost
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Memorial Tribute
The 1996 Annual Lucy Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Winner
Biography1996TV Series documentaryHerself
The 49th Annual Tony Awards1995TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Good Morning America1977-1994TV SeriesHerself
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Special
The 48th Annual Tony Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Featured Actor in a Play
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Barbara Walters1994TV MovieHerself
The 5th Annual GLAAD Media Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
A Century of Women1994TV Mini-Series documentary
Intimate Portrait1993TV Series documentaryHerself
TV Guide: 40th Anniversary Special1993TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1991-1992TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
A Step Apart1992TV Movie documentaryHerself
Free to Laugh: A Comedy and Music Special for Amnesty International1992TV SpecialHerself
The Howard Stern Show1992TV SeriesHerself
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970-1991TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The 7th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHerself
The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress / Actor in a Miniseries or Special
Free to Be... a Family1988TV MovieHerself
The 3th Annual Mr. Abbot Awards1987TV SpecialHerself
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 40th Annual Tony Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Presenter: Best Leading Actor in a Play
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
Working in the Theatre1986TV Series documentaryHerself
Danny Thomas Christmas1986TV SpecialCo-Host
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Animated Program
Hour Magazine1985TV SeriesHerself
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Host and Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
The Body Human: Facts for Girls1980TV Short documentaryIdeal mother
The Mike Douglas Show1974-1979TV SeriesHerself - Actress
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
A Tribute to Mr. Television Milton Berle1978TV SpecialHerself
The 1978 Annual Iris Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHerself
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favourite Television Drama Program
The Peter Marshall Variety Show1977TV SeriesHerself
The 30th Annual Tony Awards1976TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Featured Actor in a Play
The 48th Annual Academy Awards1976TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song Score and Adaptation
The Dream Factory1975DocumentaryHerself
The Stanley Siegel Show1975TV SeriesHerself
Good Night America1974TV SeriesHerself
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Free to Be... You & Me1974TV MovieHerself - Host
The Vin Scully Show1973TV SeriesHerself
Dinah's Place1971TV SeriesHerself
The 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1971TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The David Frost Show1970-1971TV SeriesHerself
The Smothers Brothers Summer Show1970TV SeriesHerself - Cameo
The 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1969TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1968TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Palace1967TV SeriesHerself - Narrator
Dateline: Hollywood1967TV SeriesHerself
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHerself - Fashion Hostess
Girl Talk1967TV SeriesHerself
Late Show London1966TV SeriesHerself
What's My Line?1965TV SeriesHerself - Guest Panelist
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHerself
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards1960TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
This Is Your Life1954TV SeriesHerself
The Fabulous Allan Carr2017Documentary post-productionHerself
Joan Rivers: Exit Laughing2016DocumentaryHerself
Today2011-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Dr. Oz Show2015TV SeriesHerself
Theater Talk2015TV SeriesHerself
Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular2015TV MovieHerself
Entertainment Tonight2009-2014TV SeriesHerself
Makers: Women in Hollywood2014DocumentaryHerself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Katie2014TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012TV SeriesHerself - On MarloThomas.com
Gloria: In Her Own Words2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Barbara Walters Summer Special2006TV SeriesHerself
ESPN SportsCentury2000TV Series documentaryHerself
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
Funny Women of Television1991TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host (segment "Sitcoms Dealing with Serious Issues")


Won Awards

2006GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word Album for Children
2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Fashion Plate - FemaleThat Girl (1966)
1996Lucy AwardWomen in Film Lucy Awards
1992Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionAwarded on December 3, 1992 at 6902 Hollywood Blvd.
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's ProgramFree to Be... a Family (1988)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialNobody's Child (1986)
1981Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Children's Programming - PerformersThe Body Human: Facts for Girls (1980)
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's SpecialFree to Be... You & Me (1974)
1967Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Star - FemaleThat Girl (1966)

Nominated Awards

2003TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsHippest Fashion Plate - FemaleThat Girl (1966)
1996Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesFriends (1994)
1987Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionNobody's Child (1986)
1986Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionConsenting Adult (1985)
1971Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - FemaleJenny (1970)
1971Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesThat Girl (1966)
1970Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesThat Girl (1966)
1968Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesThat Girl (1966)
1967Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesThat Girl (1966)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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