Marlo Thomas – Net Worth, Husband (Phil), Biography

Marlo Thomas is an American author, producer, and actress, best known for her roles in television hits like ”Free to Be… You and Me” and ”That Girl.”

Biography

She was born on November 21, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, as Margaret Julia Jacobs.

Her mother was of Italian origin, while her father (Danny Thomas) was of Lebanese descent.

Her dad founded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1962. ”My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers,” Marlo said. She added: ”The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.”

In 1956, Thomas graduated from Marymount High School in LA.

Marlo studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, NYC.

In 1960, Thomas had two small roles in ”The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” and ”77 Sunset Strip.”

From 1961 to 1962, Marlo performed as Stella Barnes in 22 episodes of the TV series ”The Joey Bishop Show.”

That Girl

From 1965 to 1971, Marlo starred in the sitcom ”That Girl” as Ann Marie, an aspiring actress in NYC who tries to maintain a number of odd jobs to support herself. She also served as an executive producer in eight episodes.

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In November 1972, she published an illustrated book titled – ”Free to Be… You and Me.”

In 1976, Marlo made a guest appearance as Judy Sinclair on the NBC comedy ”The Practice.”

In 1986, Thomas won the Best Dramatic Actress Emmy for the television movie ”Nobody’s Child.”

Friends

From 1996 to 2002, Thomas played the sophisticated mother of Jennifer Aniston’s character Rachel on the hit show Friends. ”What was fun about ‘Friends’ was that they were all just all so cute to me,” she told Today in an interview. 

In 2002, Marlo released the book – ”The Right Words at the Right Time.” It includes a collection of personal revelations from 108 heroes.

In 2010, Thomas penned the book – ”Growing Up Laughing.” In the book, Marlo discusses her childhood and her dad’s career.

In 2013, she received the Town and Gown Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2014, Thomas was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In 2018, Marlo starred as Rene in ”Ocean’s Eight.”

In 2020, she was the voice of Sitti in ”The Rocketeer.”

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Husband

On May 21, 1980, Marlo Thomas married Phil Donahue, the creator and host of The Phil Donahue Show.

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”I’m born November 21,” Thomas told “Sunday Morning” host Jane Pauley. ”He’s born December 21. And we specifically decided to be married on a 21. So, 5/21!”

Their love affair began in 1977, on television, when Marlo appeared as a guest on the “Donahue” show.

Marlo is stepmother to Phil’s five children (Daniel, Mary Rose, Michael, Kevin, and James) from his first marriage.

In 2020, the couple wrote a book (“What Makes a Marriage Last — 40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life”) about marriages, featuring 40 famous couples who have stood the test of time.

”I had to convince Phil [to do the project] because we’ve never spoken publicly about our marriage,” she said for Chicago Sun-Times.

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”The way we saw it, we were very lucky that our paths crossed when they did and that we’d made the decision to spend the rest of our days together,” Marlo also said.

The idea of this book came in 2019 when Thomas and Donahue learned that friends of theirs were getting divorced after 38 years of marriage.

Height

5′ 4″ (1.63 m)

Quotes

”There are endorphins in laughter, as there are endorphins in running in the park.”

”Never face facts; if you do, you’ll never get up in the morning.”

”Losing my parents was probably the hardest and deepest blow from which I’ve had to recover.”

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Marlo Thomas – Net Worth

Marlo Thomas Net Worth
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Thomas earned most of her wealth from performing in over 53 movies and TV series, including – That Girl, McHale’s Navy, The Joey Bishop Show, Frasier, Friends, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, and Ocean’s Eight.

On Broadway, Marlo has appeared in The Circle in The Square’s revival of “The Shadow Box,” Andrew Bergman’s “Social Security,” and Herb Gardner’s “Thieves.”

She published the books – ”What Makes a Marriage Last” and ”Growing Up Laughing.”

Thomas donated all royalties from her ”Right Words at the Right Time” and ”Marlo Thomas and Friends: Thanks & Giving All Year Long” to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital — where she serves as the National Outreach Director.

”As a result of our amazing corporate partners, generous donors, and celebrity friends, the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign has raised an incredible $587 million since it began in 2004,” she said in March 2015.

In 2013, Marlo and Phil sold a 6.5-acre waterfront estate that sits on the Long Island Sound in Westport, Connecticut, for $20 million to real estate investor Andrew Bentley. The property includes a tennis court, access to a secluded beach, and 400 feet of water frontage with a restored seawall.

Therefore, actress Marlo Thomas has an estimated net worth of $75 million.

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