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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 Donahue was born into a middle-class, churchgoing, Irish Catholic family in Cleveland, Ohio; his father was a furniture sales clerk and his mother a department store shoe clerk. In 1949, he graduated from of Our Lady Of Angels elementary school in the West Park neighborhood.
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.


1957 21 Years Old 1 More Event
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.
1958 22 Years Old In 1958, he married his first wife, Marge Cooney, who divorced him in 1975. … Read More
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 WLWD (now WDTN), also in Dayton. … Read More
1970 34 Years Old But, in January 1970, The Phil Donahue Show entered nationwide syndication. … Read More


1980 44 Years Old 1 More Event
While hosting his own program, Donahue also appeared on NBC's The Today Show as a contributor, from 1980 until 1982.


1991 55 Years Old From 1991 to 1994 he also co-hosted Pozner/Donahue, a weekly, issues-oriented roundtable program with Soviet journalist Vladimir Pozner, which aired both on CNBC and in syndication.


2002 66 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 2002, Phil Donahue returned to television to host a show called Donahue on MSNBC. … Read More
2007 71 Years Old In 2007, Donahue served as Executive Producer for the feature documentary film, Body of War, which he also co-directed with independent filmmaker Ellen Spiro. The film tells the story of Tomas Young, a severely disabled Iraq War veteran and his turbulent postwar adjustments. 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. … Read More
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 guests on her show. … Read More
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