28 Facts About Marlo Thomas


Margaret Julia "Marlo" Thomas was born on November 21,1937 and is an American actress, producer, author, and social activist.


Marlo Thomas is best known for starring on the sitcom That Girl and her children's franchise Free to Be.


Marlo Thomas has received three Primetime Emmy Awards, a Daytime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Peabody Award for her work in television and has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.


Marlo Thomas was born in Detroit and raised in Beverly Hills, California, the eldest child of Rose Marie Cassaniti and comedian Danny Marlo Thomas.


Marlo Thomas has a sister, Terre, and a brother, producer Tony Thomas.


Marlo Thomas's father was a Roman Catholic Lebanese American and her mother was Sicilian American.


The name "Marlo" came from her childhood mispronunciation of the name Margo, as Thomas was called by her family.

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Marlo Thomas attended Marymount High School and 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".


Marlo Thomas was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta.


Marlo Thomas appeared in many television programs including Bonanza, McHale's Navy, Ben Casey, Arrest and Trial, The Joey Bishop Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, My Favorite Martian, 77 Sunset Strip, and The Donna Reed Show.


Marlo Thomas starred in an ABC pilot called Two's Company in 1965.


Marlo Thomas met with Thomas, and expressed interest in casting her in her own series.


The concept eventually evolved into the sitcom entitled That Girl, in which Marlo Thomas played Ann Marie, a beautiful, up-and-coming actress with a writer boyfriend, played by Ted Bessell.


Marlo Thomas was only the fourth woman to produce her own series, following Gertrude Berg, Lucille Ball, and Betty White.


In 1971, Marlo Thomas chose to end the series after five years.


Marlo Thomas went on to create multiple recordings and television specials of and related to that title: Free to Be.


In 1973, Marlo Thomas joined Gloria Steinem, Patricia Carbine, and Letty Cottin Pogrebin as the founders of the Ms.


In 1976, Marlo Thomas made a guest appearance on the NBC situation comedy The Practice as a stubborn patient of her father Danny Marlo Thomas' character Dr Jules Bedford, and the chemistry of father and daughter acting together made for touching hospital-room scenes.


Marlo Thomas narrated the series Happily Never After on Investigation Discovery.


From 1996 to 2002, Marlo Thomas played Rachel Green's mother, Sandra Green, on the TV show Friends.


Marlo Thomas appeared in films such as Jenny, Thieves, In The Spirit, The Real Blonde, Starstruck, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Playing Mona Lisa, LOL with Demi Moore and Miley Cyrus, and Cardboard Boxer.


Marlo Thomas starred in television movies including It Happened One Christmas, The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck, Consenting Adult, Nobody's Child, Held Hostage: The Sis and Jerry Levin Story, Reunion, Deceit, and Ultimate Betrayal.


Marlo Thomas has published seven best-selling books : Free to Be.


Marlo Thomas serves as the National Outreach Director for St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, which was founded by her father, Danny Marlo Thomas.


Marlo Thomas is the recipient of four Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a Grammy Award, a Jefferson Award, and the Peabody Award.

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Marlo Thomas was in a long relationship with playwright Herb Gardner.


In 1977, Marlo Thomas was a guest on Donahue, the television talk show, when she and host Phil Donahue fell in "love at first sight".


Marlo Thomas is the stepmother to Donahue's four sons and daughter from his first marriage.