Phil Donahue
former Talk show host, Film producer, writer
Phil Donahue
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.
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Why Sally Jessy Raphael Says She Was 'Betrayed' By Talk Show Producers
Huffington Post - 4 months
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12 People Who Made a Difference (and You Can Too!)
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Can one person truly make a difference in the world? Far too many people think not, and thus they sell themselves far too short. A wave of pessimism leads capable people to underestimate the power of their voice and the strength of their ideals. The truth is this: It is the initiatives of deeply caring people that provide the firmament for our democracy. Take a sweeping look at history and you will discover that almost all movements that mattered started with just one or two people -- from the fight to abolish slavery, to the creations of the environmental, trade union, consumer protection and civil rights movements. One voice becomes two, and then ten, and then thousands. It's fitting that this time of year marks the 79th anniversary of the sit-down strike in Flint Michigan, in which thousands of workers sat down in a General Motors factory to fight for recognition of the newly formed United Auto Workers (UAW) union. On February 11, 1937, General Motors conceded to raising wag ...
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The Equality of Stories
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I grew up in the seventies and early eighties, when the civil rights movement and the women's movement were still relatively new ideas. There was much talk of equality and inequality at this time. People were marching for equality, and arguing about it on the Phil Donahue Show, and writing editorials about it in newspapers. I was all for equality, but I found the current of hostility in the marches and the arguments and the editorials off-putting. Nothing I had ever wanted in my life had been achieved through hostility, no matter how well-intentioned. So I watched the marches from the sidelines. This bothered my first girlfriend. Though she had never marched for anything herself, she was planning on doing so very soon. When that day came, she wanted me marching there beside her. "I don't march," I told her. "But you have to. You have to care about things. Don't you care about anything?" The question confused me. I did care about things. I just didn't want to fight or march or ...
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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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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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Laughing out Loud With Marlo Thomas in <i>Clever Little Lies</i>, Now Off-Broadway
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Arriving early to The Westside Theater's opening night of Joe DiPietro's Clever Little Lies, Ali Wentworth and Peggy Siegal posed in front of the play's poster, mimicking the star Marlo Thomas poised with shhh finger over her mouth. This is a play with secrets, and Hoda Kotb was giggling nearby, but the big laughs for Clever Little Lies would come shortly. With all the seats filled, we could hear Tony Danza laughing loudest. When we meet her in the nicely decorated living room of a suburban home, Marlo Thomas' character Alice grouses about adorning the windows of her bookstore with copies of the sexually charged 50 Shades of Gray. By contrast, Alice's family, including husband Bill (Greg Mullavey), son Billy (George Merrick), and daughter-in-law Jane (Kate Wetherhead) have other volatile issues. The word "infidelity" resonates, and compared with the sex in last year's best-selling book, the extra-marital sort seems genteel indeed. Son Billy has delusions of real love-- with a gym tra ...
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My Ironic Defense of Brian Williams
Huffington Post - about 2 years
First, let me say very clearly from the beginning that I am biased in this case because I know Brian Williams a tiny bit and he has always been fundamentally decent to me. On the other hand, I'm the guy who wrote the piece Why Brian Williams is Irrelevant. The current controversy surrounding him ties in well with that article I wrote many years ago. People think that Brian Williams is the problem because he exaggerated a war story about Iraq? Are you kidding me? The whole war was based on a monstrous lie that almost the entire media enabled and perpetuated. That's the real problem. If the rest of the press scapegoat Williams and feign righteous indignation over his lie, as they are in the middle of doing now, it will be unbearable. Where were all of those people when we were being sold a bill of goods on Iraq? Oh I know, on air. They sold us those lies en masse. So, please don't pretend you have integrity now. Please don't pretend that the real problem is an exaggeration about a ...
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Speaking for Ourselves
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Last week we saw the continuation of the Janet Mock/Piers Morgan saga. What started off in the first interview a week earlier in a manner that seemed to please both the host and the interviewee degenerated into a situation where both protagonists ended up speaking past one another. Still, I believe that however difficult it has been for everyone involved, it is ultimately all for the good. To review the facts as I know them, having watched both CNN programs and read about the explosion in social media, I have a few thoughts. The most important is that, finally, we are seeing trans persons speaking for themselves, and about themselves, in the mainstream media. This has been the case in social media for some time now. Still, it is significant when a major mainstream media outlet finally takes the time to bring the trans community to light. As I've mentioned in previous weeks, I've lived through Psycho, Phil Donahue and Jerry Springer, Tales of the City and Silence of the Lambs. I've w ...
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Tony Posnanski: An Ode to Richard Simmons
The Huffington Post - about 3 years
Richard Simmons. For most people today, the image of a flamboyant man running around in hot pants screaming and throwing his hands around comes to mind. One minute he screams and the next he cries. He dances to old Ray Charles songs, and I believe he might be the only person alive who STILL makes VHS workout tapes. Yet, he was my hero as a kid. Years ago there were no weight loss reality shows. Weight Watchers was for old women. In fact, none of my friends were fat. Just me. At least, that is what it seemed like. Today everywhere you turn there are celebrity trainers and motivators, but back then there were very few. Jane Fonda and Suzanne Somers made workout videos. Tony Little made workout equipment. Susan Powter made everyone "Stop The Insanity" by eating a ton of potatoes... And Richard Simmons wanted you to find every bit of confidence in yourself to lose weight. I was a television watcher. I watched all the talk shows then; Oprah, Sally Jesse Rafael, and P ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Phil Donahue
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 80
    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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  • 2013
    Age 77
    Also in 2013, he was interviewed for the film Finding Vivian Maier, as he once hired Vivian Maier to nanny his children.
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    In June 2013, Donahue and numerous other celebrities appeared in a video showing support for Chelsea Manning.
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  • 2010
    Age 74
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first time that she had fellow talkers appear together since their programs left the air.
  • 2007
    Age 71
    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 66
    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.
    More Details Hide Details And that's exactly how we got where we are now." Donahue has said that he found Madalyn Murray O'Hair's message of atheism "very important."
  • FORTIES
  • 1980
    Age 44
    He received the prestigious Peabody Award in 1980, and was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame on November 20, 1993.
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    Phil Donahue married actress Marlo Thomas (daughter of Danny Thomas) on May 21, 1980.
    More Details Hide Details They live in Manhattan. Donahue's first marriage to Margaret Cooney (1958 to 1975) ended in divorce. This first union produced five children, Michael, Kevin, Daniel, Mary Rose, and James 'Jim' Patrick Donahue, who died of an aortic aneurysm at the age of 51. Jim Donahue lived and practiced law in Honolulu, at the time of his death. Donahue admits he's not "a very good Roman Catholic" and he did not think it was necessary to have his first marriage annulled. He has elaborated that "I will always be a Catholic. But I want my church to join the human race and finally walk away from this antisexual theology." In the 1980s, Donahue was the first national television program to reveal widespread child molestation by Catholic priests, something for which he was widely criticized.
  • 1979
    Age 43
    While hosting his own program, Donahue also appeared on NBC's The Today Show as a contributor, from 1979 until 1988.
    More Details Hide Details 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. In the 1980s, at the height of the Cold War, Donahue and Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner co-hosted a series of televised discussions, known as the U.S.–Soviet Space Bridge, among everyday citizens of the Soviet Union and the United States. It was the first event of its kind in broadcasting history: Donahue hosted an audience in an American city while Pozner hosted an audience in a Soviet city, all on one television program. Members of both audiences asked each other questions about both nations. While the governments of both nations were preparing for nuclear war, Donahue said: "We reached out instead of lashed out." Donahue and Pozner have been friends ever since. His wife Marlo Thomas created a children's version in 1988 entitled Free to Be... A Family and just as Donahue and Pozner have been friends ever since, Thomas and Tatiana Vedeneyeva have also enjoyed a long and fruitful friendship.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1974
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1988, from the Rainbow Room, he presented a special honoring Mary Martin, with Steve Leeds and the Rainbow Room Orchestra, with guest vocalists Michael Feinstein, and Nancy Wilson. Bandleader Leeds sang the final number "Isn't it Romantic". After a 29-year run—26 years in syndication—and nearly 7,000 one-hour daily shows, the final original episode of Donahue aired on September 13, 1996, culminating what as of 2015 remains the longest continuous run of any syndicated talk show in U.S. television history.
  • 1970
    Age 34
    But, in January 1970, The Phil Donahue Show entered nationwide syndication.
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  • 1967
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Initially, the program was shown only on other stations owned by the Crosley Broadcasting Corporation (which would later take the name of its parent Avco Company), which also owned WLWD.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1963
    Age 27
    While in Dayton, Donahue also hosted Conversation Piece, a phone-in afternoon talk show from 1963 to 1967 on WHIO radio.
    More Details Hide Details In Dayton, Donahue interviewed presidential candidate John F. Kennedy, late night talk show host Johnny Carson, human rights activist Malcolm X and Vietnam war opponents including Jerry Rubin. In Chicago and New York City, Donahue interviewed Elton John, heavyweight boxing champions Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, and author and political activist Noam Chomsky.
  • 1957
    Age 21
    Donahue began his career in 1957 as a production assistant at KYW radio and television when that station was in Cleveland.
    More Details Hide Details He got a chance to become an announcer one day when the regular announcer failed to show up. After a brief stint as a bank check sorter in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he became program director for WABJ radio in Adrian, Michigan, soon after graduating. He moved on to become a stringer for the CBS Evening News and later, an anchor of the morning newscast at WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio, where his interviews with Jimmy Hoffa and Billie Sol Estes were picked up nationally.
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1953
    Age 17
    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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  • 1949
    Age 13
    In 1949, he graduated from Our Lady of Angels elementary school in the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1935
    Born
    Born on December 21, 1935.
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