Marlo Thomas
Actress
Marlo Thomas
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.
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Fashion From Marlo Thomas: ‘That Girl’ Shifts to ‘That Woman’
NYTimes - about 1 month
The actress, also known for the Ms. Foundation and her marriage to Phil Donahue, has created 15 pieces to sell on the Home Shopping Network.
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® And More Than 70 Leading Brands Ask Consumers To #GiveThanks While They Shop This Holiday Season During St. Jude Thanks And Giving® Campaign
Yahoo News - 4 months
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Now in its thirteenth year, the St. Jude Thanks and Giving ® campaign has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. What began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort by St. Jude has now grown into an annual tradition that unites celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign embodies the true spirit of the holiday season," said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Women's Media Center 2015 Media Awards
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Last fall, the Women's Media Center celebrated a milestone marking it's 10-year anniversary during the 2015 Women's Media Center Awards ceremony held at Capitale in New York City. The event focused on honoring powerful women in media from a national and international platform as well as engaging in the conversation of the importance of the female voice and viewpoint in the global world of media. Comedian Amy Schumer opened the event with a personal, feminist speech that received a round of applause when she boldly stated, "it's good to lead by example...women can do anything they want to do." She went on to express the important role the Women's Media Center has played in changing the landscape of media and increasing representation of women: "Women's media is powerful and we need more women. The WMC is guiding a generation of women and girls into being media leaders...who are confident in telling their own stories." The Women's Media Center was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, ...
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Eight Holiday TV Movies That Should Air in 2016
Huffington Post - about 1 year
When December's shopping and baking are done and it's time to relax over cookies and TV, we usually turn to feature films like Elf or A Christmas Carol. We might even look for I Love Lucy or Honeymooners Yuletide episodes or check out the newest holiday specials. But television has been producing its own seasonal movies, hundreds of them, ever since the small screen was actually small. They run the gamut from brilliant to awful, but even some of the trashiest can be as sweet and comforting as cocoa on the first chilly night of the year. The problem is that so many new films materialize each year while older ones tend to disappear quickly. And unlike movies released in theaters, too few resurface on DVD, Hulu or Netflix. So I'm starting next year's Christmas list early. Here are eight holiday TV movies, in no special order, that I've enjoyed in the past and hope to see once more. They're only the first to occur to me, so I'm likely to make additional requests in the future. And ...
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10 Things That Make Parents Feel Guilty
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Harry Belafonte and Marlo Thomas got it right back in 1974, when they sang "Parents Are People." Just like everyone else! Their children may not know it, but before they became parents, Mom and Dad had lives of their own. Indeed, those lives sometimes pop back up and interfere with family obligations. Here's a list of 10 things that make parents feel guilty: 1. They give their children smartphones at restaurants to keep them quiet during dinner, even after spending all day telling them they need to disconnect from screens. 2. They decide to skip out on their kids' class trips, and instead have a cup of coffee on the terrace. Because frankly, trying to get a whole class of kindergartners into swimsuits borders on torture. 3. They order fast food meals for their children, knowing full well that they're too fatty, too salty or too sweet. 4. They use threats and blackmail along the lines of, "Fine, you can go to bed hungry," even though their parenting philosophies f ...
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Late Night Host Jimmy Kimmel Joins 12th Annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign
Yahoo News - over 1 year
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This holiday season Jimmy Kimmel makes his St. Jude Thanks and Giving ®  campaign debut alongside returning celebrity friends Luis Fonsi, Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Michael Strahan, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ® National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas. The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign is an unprecedented union of celebrities, media and more than 70 of the nation's leading, national brands that ask consumers to support St. Jude while they shop this November-December.
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Bill Pullman Honored at the New York Stage and Film Gala: It's Good to Be King
Huffington Post - over 1 year
On screen, Bill Pullman is that guy, rarely first choice for the girl, but you spend a lot of watching wondering exactly why not: see Sleepless in Seattle, or While You Were Sleeping; he comes late, back from the war, in the movie A League of Their Own, and Geena Davis leaves baseball for his shy winsome character. Perfect for the romantic comedy genre, Bill Pullman was also a brilliant fit for David Lynch in his Lost Highway, an observation made by Greil Marcus in his The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice, in which he could trace the American landscape across Bill Pullman's face: "I always saw something in his eyes," Marcus quotes Lynch, and it's that quality that makes him a tender American icon on film. And theater, too. Most memorable for me was seeing him in Edward Albee's Sylvia, or The Goat, in which he has to tell his wife that he is in love with another, eh, female, that is, eh, another species -- eh, a goat. Last week at the Plaza, in front of a cr ...
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Marlo Thomas on Growing Up Laughing
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
The star of the 1960’s TV show ‘That Girl’ remembers turning on the television and seeing a cast of family friends; lessons from Danny.
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Here's What The Supporting Cast Of 'Friends' Looks Like Now
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Friends" may have wrapped over 11 years ago, but you don't need to be a diehard fan to know what Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courteney Cox), Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and the rest of the gang has been up to since. They're all still huge stars! The supporting cast ... well, that varies. Quite recently, the Internet threw a collective gushing party after seeing Baby Emma Geller-Green all grown up. In honor of Emma and all those who've been in less than 236 episodes, we present the following ... Gunther (James Michael Tyler), Then: Tap here to see what James Michael Tyler looks like now! Jack Geller (Elliott Gould), Then: Tap here to see what Elliott Gould looks like now! Judy Geller (Christina Pickles), Then: Tap here to see what Christina Pickles looks like now! Janice Litman Goralnik (Maggie Wheeler), Then: Tap here to see what Maggie Wheeler looks like now! ...
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When Is it OK to Tell a Lie? We Asked the Stars at the 'Clever Little Lies' Opening
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In the funny and thoughtful new Off-Broadway comedy, Clever Little Lies, Marlo Thomas and Greg Mullavey, play a long married husband and wife devoted to help preserve their son and daughter-in-law's marriage. "The play is about the lengths a mother will go to protect her child," says playwright Joe DiPietro. During a series of surprising twists and turns, everyone in the play has a lie that they wish to hide -- or so it seems. So at the play's recent premiere Parade asked the question, is it ever OK to tell a lie? "My husband doesn't lie at all," revealed Ali Wentworth about George Stephanopoulos. "I'll say, 'wow, I've gotten fat.' He'll say, 'yes, you have.' But I appreciate that." Click to this Parade.com story to read how celebrities including Hoda Kotb, Tony Danza, Marlo Thomas, Michael Moore, Phil Donahue, Rachael Dratch and more responded. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal cons ...
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Diane Sawyer, Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Regis Philbin and Others Celebrate Marlo Thomas and the 'Clever Little Lies' Cast
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In Clever Little Lies, the thoughtful and funny new comedy about family, love, sex and the power of commitment, Marlo Thomas and Greg Mullavey play a long married husband and wife determined to help their son (George Merrick) and daughter-in-law (Kate Wetherhead) save their marriage. So at a recent star-studded luncheon at New York's La Grenouille restaurant to celebrate the cast it only seemed fitting that Phil Donahue would lovingly share his take on marriage to Thomas. This year the couple celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. "In airports people knock me over," gushed the legendary talk show host. 'Oh, That Girl. We love That Girl!" And "Free to be You and Me". The big football player {Rosey Grier} who sings "It's Alright to Cry"...finally they look me over and say, 'we like you, too, Regis.'" See photos from the luncheon below. Learn more about Clever Little Lies here. Alan Alda, Marlo Thomas, Candice Bergen Candice Bergen, Elaine May, Diane Sawyer, Marlo Tho ...
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Gloria Steinem Has The Best Comeback When She's Called A B*tch
Huffington Post - over 1 year
ImageContent(5628e801e4b0aac0b8fbc67f,5628e0f6140000e800c7a8b9,Image,HectorAssetUrl(5628e0f6140000e800c7a8b9.jpeg,Some(crop_17_149_2697_1851),Some(jpeg)),Robin Marchant via Getty Images,) Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has some solid advice for women who confront sexist double standards on a daily basis: disarm those doing the discriminating.  In an interview with Cosmopolitan's Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles, Steinem expressed frustration that, in 2015, female ambition is still interpreted as aggression. "If you don't do what you're supposed to do, you get to be a loud black woman or a bitchy white woman," she said.  When Coles asked what we can do to push back against that kind of bullsh*t, Steinem had the greatest response: The best thing I've ever thought of to say when somebody calls you a bitch is "Thank you." I mean, it totally disarms them. They don't know what to do. Marlo Thomas always used to say that for a man to be called aggressive, he had to take over your busin ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marlo Thomas
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 77
    She appeared opposite Greg Mullavey in the 2015 New York debut of Joe DiPietro's play Clever Little Lies at the Westside Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas has published six 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, Thanks & Giving All Year Long, and in 2009 her memoir, Growing Up Laughing.
  • 2014
    Age 76
    In 2014, the Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration was opened as part of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
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    President Barack Obama awarded her the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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    In 2014, Thomas was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2010
    Age 72
    In 2010 Thomas created MarloThomas.com, a website for women aged 35+ on AOL and the Huffington Post.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas is the recipient of four Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a Grammy Award, a Jefferson Award and the George Foster Peabody Award. In 1979, the Supersisters trading card set was produced and distributed; one of the cards featured Thomas's name and picture. In 1996, she was awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of her excellence and innovation in her creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.
  • 2004
    Age 66
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In recent years Thomas has made guest appearances on Ally McBeal, Friends (as Rachel's mother, Sandra Green), as well as on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (she played Judge Mary Conway Clark, a mentor of ADA Casey Novak). She recently narrated the series Happily Never After on Investigation Discovery.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1993
    Age 55
    In 1993 she toured in the National Company of Six Degrees of Separation.
    More Details Hide Details In the spring of 2008 she starred in Arthur Laurents's last play, New Year's Eve with Keith Carradine, at the George Street Playhouse.
  • FORTIES
  • 1982
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details When she won her Best Dramatic Actress Emmy in 1986 for the TV-movie Nobody’s Child, she thanked both individuals.
  • 1980
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She has five stepchildren as a result of that marriage.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Adept at drama as well as comedy, Thomas appeared in films such as Jenny (1970), Thieves (1977), In The Spirit (1990), Falling Down (1993), The Real Blonde (1997), Starstruck (1998), Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999), Playing Mona Lisa (2000), LOL (2012) with Demi Moore and Miley Cyrus, and Cardboard Boxer (2014). She also starred in television movies including It Happened One Christmas (1977) (a remake of It's a Wonderful Life), The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck (1984), Consenting Adult (1985), Nobody's Child (1986), Held Hostage: The Sis and Jerry Levin Story (1991), Reunion (1994), Deceit (2004) and Ultimate Betrayal (1994). Thomas's Broadway theatre credits include Thieves (1974), Social Security (1986) and The Shadow Box (1994), and in 2011 she starred as Doreen in Elaine May's comedy George Is Dead, in an evening of three one-act plays entitled Relatively Speaking. The other two plays were written by Woody Allen and Ethan Coen.
  • 1973
    Age 35
    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.
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  • 1972
    Age 34
    Also in 1972, she served as a California delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida.
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    In 1972 she released a children's book, Free to Be...
    More Details Hide Details You and Me, which was inspired by her young niece Dionne Gordon. She went on to create multiple recordings and television specials of and related to that title: Free to Be... You and Me (1972, 1974) and Free to Be... A Family (1987), with Christopher Cerf.
  • 1971
    Age 33
    In 1971 Thomas chose to end the series after five years.
    More Details Hide Details Both ABC and the show's sponsor, Clairol, wanted the series finale to be a wedding between the two central characters. But Thomas rebuffed them, saying that she felt it was the wrong message to send to her female audience, because it would give the impression that the only happy ending is a marriage. That Girl has since become popular in syndication.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 27
    Thomas starred in an ABC pilot called Two's Company in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Although it did not sell, it caught the attention of an ABC programming executive. He met with Thomas, and expressed interest in casting her in her own series. With their encouragement, Thomas came up with her own idea for a show about a young woman who leaves home, moves to New York and struggles to become an actress. The network was initially hesitant, fearing audiences would find a series centering on a single female uninteresting or unrealistic. Thomas, however, ensured the show's success and it was put into production. The concept eventually evolved into the sitcom entitled That Girl, in which Thomas played Ann Marie, a beautiful, up-and-coming actress with a writer boyfriend, played by Ted Bessell. The series told the daily struggles of Ann holding different temporary jobs while pursuing her dream of a career on Broadway. The series was the first television show to focus on a working, single girl who did not live with her parents, and paved the way for many shows to come. Thomas was only the second woman, following Lucille Ball, to produce her own series. That Girl aired from 1966 to 1971, producing 136 episodes, and was a solid performer in the Nielsen ratings.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1986 she was once again cast by Nichols on Broadway in Andrew Bergman’s Social Security, co-starring Ron Silver and Olympia Dukakis.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Born
    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).
    More Details Hide Details She has a sister, Terre, and her brother, Tony Thomas, is a television and film producer. Her father was Maronite Lebanese American and her mother was Sicilian American. Thomas was raised in Beverly Hills, California. Her parents called her Margo as a child, though she soon became known as Marlo, she told The New York Times, because of her childhood mispronunciation of the nickname. She attended Marymount High School in Los Angeles. Thomas graduated from the University of Southern California with a teaching degree: "I wanted a piece of paper that said I was qualified to do something in the world," she said. She also was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. Thomas appeared in many early TV shows 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, among others.
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