Marlo Thomas

Born Nov 21, 1937

Margaret Julia “Marlo” Thomas is an American actress, producer, and social activist known for her starring role on the TV series That Girl (1966–1971) and her award-winning feminist children's franchise, Free to Be... You and Me. She also serves as National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.… Read More

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1937 Birth Marlo Thomas was born on November 21, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan, the eldest child of comedian Danny Thomas (1912–1991) and his wife, the former Rose Marie Cassaniti (1914–2000). … Read More


1965 27 Years Old 1 More Event
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, co-starring Daniel Massey, Kurt Kasnar and Mildred Natwick. … Read More


1971 33 Years Old In 1971 Thomas chose to end the series after five years. … Read More
1972 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1972 she released a children's book, Free to Be... … Read More
1973 35 Years Old In 1973 Thomas joined Gloria Steinem, Patricia Carbine, and Letty Cottin Pogrebin as the founders of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the first women’s fund in the U.S. The organization was created to deliver funding and other resources to organizations that were presenting liberal women’s voices in communities nationwide.
1976 38 Years Old In 1976 Thomas made a guest appearance on the NBC situation comedy The Practice as a stubborn patient of her father Danny Thomass character Dr. Jules Bedford, and the chemistry of father and daughter acting together made for touching hospital-room scenes. … Read More


1980 42 Years Old Thomas's godmother was actress Loretta Young. After her relationship with playwright Herb Gardner and a relationship with David Geffen, Thomas married talk show host Phil Donahue on May 21, 1980. … Read More
1982 44 Years Old After That Girl, eager to expand her horizons, Thomas attended the Actors Studio, where she studied with Lee Strasberg until his death in 1982, and subsequently with Strasberg's disciple Sandra Seacat. … Read More


1993 55 Years Old …  In 1993 she toured in the National Company of Six Degrees of Separation. … Read More


2004 66 Years Old Thomas also is active with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where she serves as the national outreach director. She donated all royalties from her 2004 book and CD, Thanks & Giving: All Year Long (also produced with Cerf), to the hospital, which was started by her late father, Danny Thomas. … Read More
2010 72 Years Old In 2010 Thomas created, a website for women aged 35+ on AOL and the Huffington Post. … Read More
…  In 2014, Thomas was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. … Read More
2015 77 Years Old She appeared opposite Greg Mullavey in the 2015 New York debut of Joe DiPietro's play Clever Little Lies at the Westside Theatre. … Read More
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