Phil Donahue

Former Talk Show Host + Film Producer + Writer
Born Dec 21, 1935

Phillip John "Phil" Donahue is an American media personality, writer, and film producer best known as the creator and host of The Phil Donahue Show. The television program, also known as Donahue was the first to use a talk show format. The show had a 26-year run on U.S. national TV, preceded by three years of local broadcast in Dayton, Ohio, before ending in 1996.… Read More

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1935 Birth Born on December 21, 1935.


1949 13 Years Old In 1949, he graduated from Our Lady of Angels elementary school in the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland.
1953 17 Years Old In 1953, Donahue was a member of the first graduating class of St. Edward High School, an all-boys college prep Catholic private high school run by the Congregation of Holy Cross in suburban Lakewood, Ohio.


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He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, which is also run by the Congregation of Holy Cross, with a B.B.A. in 1957.
1963 27 Years Old While in Dayton, Donahue also hosted Conversation Piece, a phone-in afternoon talk show from 1963 to 1967 on WHIO radio. … Read More


1967 31 Years Old On November 6, 1967, Donahue left WHIO, moving his talk program to television with The Phil Donahue Show on WLW-D (indicating the Dayton branch of Cincinnati's WLWT now known as WDTN), also in Dayton. … Read More
1970 34 Years Old But, in January 1970, The Phil Donahue Show entered nationwide syndication.
1974 38 Years Old Donahue's syndicated show moved from Dayton, Ohio, to Chicago in 1974; then in 1984, he moved the show to New York City, where the show was shot at a studio at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, to be near his wife Marlo Thomas. … Read More


1979 43 Years Old While hosting his own program, Donahue also appeared on NBC's The Today Show as a contributor, from 1979 until 1988. … Read More
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Phil Donahue married actress Marlo Thomas (daughter of Danny Thomas) on May 21, 1980. … Read More


2002 66 Years Old In 2002 he told Oprah Winfrey, "I once did a priest pedophilia show on St. Patrick's Day, and a priest called in and said, 'How am I supposed to work on a playground with children?' When I was a kid, we used to have a sin called 'giving scandal' which meant criticizing the church. … Read More
2007 71 Years Old …  In November 2007 the film was named as one of fifteen documentaries to be in consideration for an Oscar nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
2010 74 Years Old On November 10, 2010, Oprah Winfrey invited Donahue, along with former talk show hosts Sally Jessy Raphael, Geraldo Rivera, Ricki Lake and Montel Williams, as a guest on her show. … Read More
2013 77 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2013, Donahue and numerous other celebrities appeared in a video showing support for Chelsea Manning.
2016 80 Years Old On May 24 and 25, 2016, Donahue spoke at Ralph Nader's Breaking Through Power conference at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
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