Marlo Thomas

as Herself - Host in the movie Free to Be... You & Me

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Real name is Thomas, Margaret Julia
Also known as Miss IndependenceMugsy
Was born at 21 November 1937 (now is 80 years old) in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Many well-known and highly identifiable actresses have tried and failedto make the arduous crossover from fizzy TV sitcom star to mature,dramatic artist. Usually, it was their hardcore fans who refused toaccept them in any other light. 'Sally Field' and'Elizabeth Montgomery (I)' come to mind first as two actresses whosomehow managed to make the none-too-easy adjustment. Marlo Thomasbecame another success story as well--but, like the others, it was nonetoo easy.

Adorable to a fault, Marlo seemed to have nowhere to go afterthe early 1970s when the cute and wholesome Ann Marie of "That Girl" (1966) was suddenly no more. Born in Deerfield, Michigan, on November 21, 1937, to parents ofLebanese origin, Marlo was christened Margaret Julia Thomas. She wasraised in the mad whirl of the entertainment business as the daughterof show business legend 'Danny Thomas (I)' , who was verydetermined that she not become an actress, at least until after collegegraduation. She actually began her adult life as a schoolteacher, butit was a very half-hearted career choice. Marlo began with early TV appearances in the late 1950s on such seriesas "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (1959) , "Zane Grey Theater" (1956) and "Thriller" (1960) Herfirst major break came when she was cast as 'Joey Bishop (I)' 'ssister and aspiring actress on the 1961 sitcom "The Joey Bishop Show" (1961) for one season.

She continued tobuild up her resume with assorted guest shots on "Bonanza" (1959) , "McHale's Navy" (1962) , "The Donna Reed Show" (1958) and "Ben Casey" (1961) . Following her delightful work on the London stage with "Barefoot in thePark" in 1965, she was finally given the opportunity to test for herown sitcom and passed with flying colors. Audiences adored the romanticentanglements and struggling ambition of "Ann Marie", a single,independent and very trendy young woman trying to make it as an actressin New York City. Marlo became an instant household name (as didco-star 'Ted Bessell' ) and nabbed a Golden Globe and four Emmynominations during the show's five-year run. Following its demise in 1971, however, Marlo was faced with a problem:being stereotyped as a perky, wide-eyed innocent.

Capitalizing on herTV fame, she tried to shatter her lightweight image with a serious filmpart. Playing the title role of Jenny (1970) opposite'Alan Alda' , Marlo starred as an unwed pregnant girl who marries afilmmaker out of convenience. Although the valiant effort brought her aGolden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer, audiences stayedaway in droves, much preferring her to be chipper and upbeat. She madeher Broadway debut in the 'Herb Gardner' play "Thieves" in 1974,and later made another stab at films by recreating her role for the bigscreen. The reviews for Thieves (1977) were less than ecstaticand no other strong offers came her way.

Marlo decided to lay low for a time and wound up combining her deep lovefor children and education with her own career. She won bookend EmmyAwards as both star and producer of the children's specials Free to Be. . . You & Me (1974) (TV) in 1974 and Free to Be.

. . a Family (1988) (TV) . The album of the formercontinues to be in-print to the present day. By the late 1970s,however, audiences finally had stopped seeing her as only "Ann Marie".

She earned renewed respect by stretching herself in TV movies. In theABC holiday mini-movie It Happened One Christmas (1977) (TV) ,she played a troubled female version of 'James Stewart (I)' 's It's a Wonderful Life (1946) character. She also won criticalacclaim in the social, made-for-TV dramas The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck (1984) (TV) and Consenting Adult (1985) (TV) . She also copped an additional Emmytrophy as Best Actress in a Special for Nobody's Child (1986) (TV) . Her subsequent return visits toBroadway with "Social Security" (1986) and "The Shadow Box" (1994) wererewarding as well.

She has certainly not shied away from demandingtheater roles, such as "Beatrice" in "The Effect of Gamma Rays onMan-in-the-Moon Marigolds" (1990), "Martha" in "Who's Afraid ofVirginia Woolf?" (1992) and Ouisa in "Six Degrees of Separation"(1992). Although Marlo wed rather late in life, her enduring show businessmarriage since 1980 to talk-show icon 'Phil Donahue' clearlyindicates that the waiting was worthwhile. Still quite active on TV,she has continued to be a joy in everything from classic comedy (suchas playing 'Jennifer Aniston' 's mom in "Friends" (1994) ) toadult drama (as a lawyer/mentor in the highly-rated crime drama "Law & Order" (1990) ). Younger brother 'Tony Thomas (I)' and sister 'Terre Thomas' have also had leanings toward show business. Tony has been a prolificTV and film producer over the years, and Terre has dabbled as anactress, once having a guest role on Marlo's sitcom, "That Girl" (1966) .

On a more personal level, Marlo hascontinued the tradition of her late father as both spokesperson andhumanitarian for St. Jude's Children's Hospital for cancer research. .

There is some small facts about Marlo Thomas:
  • Attended Beverly Hills High School in California.
  • Her sister 'Terre Thomas' , her brother 'Tony Thomas (I)' and her father 'Danny Thomas (I)' all appeared on the "That Girl" (1966) episode, "That Girl" (1966) {My Sister's Keeper (#3.19)} .
  • Remained friends with "That Girl" (1966) costar 'Ted Bessell' until his death. Thomas insisted Bessell see a doctor (which he did), when he complained of chest pains only days before he died.
  • She is of Lebanese and Italian origins. Her father is Lebanese and her mother is Italian. Her mother's maiden name was Rose Marie Cassaniti.
  • Future successful TV producer 'Aaron Spelling' wrote the script for one of her very earliest TV roles, an appearance with her father 'Danny Thomas (I)' on the anthology series "Zane Grey Theater" (1956) telecast on Feb. 2, 1961: "Zane Grey Theater" (1956) {Honor Bright (#5.17)} .
  • Godmother is 'Loretta Young (I)' .
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital national outreach director.
  • She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
  • (December 2006) Thomas & Donohue, long-time residents of Westport, Connecticut recently sold their sprawling Long Island Sound estate for close to its asking price, just under $30 million, moving to a smaller property across town.
  • (May 2008) Currently appearing in "Roger is Dead" at the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
  • (2010) Release of her memoir, "Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny".
  • (2002) Released of her New York Times #1 best-selling book, "The Right Words at the Right Time".
  • (2006) Released her lastest book, "The Right Words at the Right Time: Volume 2 - Your Turn".
  • (2008) Release of her book, "Free to Be...You and Me".
  • Lifelong friends with 'Gloria Steinem (I)' .
  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President 'Barack Obama' 24 November 2014.
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There is the list of movies, where Marlo Thomas was taked part:
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1 Acts of Love and Other Comedies movie Acts of Love and Other Comedies 1973 as Host/Gina/Susan/Ed's Girlfriend/Eleanor Grogman/Stephanie Hellman/Barbara
2 Funny Women of Television movie Funny Women of Television 1991 as Herself - Host (segment "Sitcoms Dealing with Serious Issues")
3 Great Women of Television Comedy movie Great Women of Television Comedy 2003 as Herself
4 The 12th Annual Golden Laurel Awards movie The 12th Annual Golden Laurel Awards 2001 as Herself - Presenter
5 The 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1969 as Herself - Presenter
6 The 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1971 as Herself - Presenter
7 The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1978 as Herself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
8 The 32nd Annual Academy Awards movie The 32nd Annual Academy Awards 1960 as Herself - Audience Member
9 The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1985 as Herself - Presenter: Outstanding Animated Program
10 The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1987 as Herself - Presenter
11 The 3th Annual Mr. Abbot Awards movie The 3th Annual Mr. Abbot Awards 1987 as Herself
12 The 40th Annual Tony Awards movie The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1986 as Herself - Performer & Presenter: Best Leading Actor in a Play
13 The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1989 as Herself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress/Actor in a Miniseries or Special
14 The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 as Herself - Presenter
15 The 5th Annual GLAAD Media Awards movie The 5th Annual GLAAD Media Awards 1994 as Herself
16 The Annual Museum of Television and Radio Gala movie The Annual Museum of Television and Radio Gala 1997 as Herself
17 Ultimate Betrayal movie Ultimate Betrayal 1994 as Adult Sharon Rodgers
18 Happily Never After movie Happily Never After 2012 as Herself - Narrator
19 Makers: Women Who Make America movie Makers: Women Who Make America 2013 as Herself
20 The Donna Reed Show movie The Donna Reed Show 1958 as David's Goddaughter Louise Bissell
21 The Hollywood Palace movie The Hollywood Palace 1964 as Herself - Narrator
22 The Mike Douglas Show movie The Mike Douglas Show 1961 as Herself - Actress
23 The Peter Marshall Variety Show movie The Peter Marshall Variety Show 1976 as Herself
24 Whats My Line? movie Whats My Line? 1950 as Herself - Guest Panelist
25 Biography movie Biography 1987 as Herself
26 50 Years of Funny Females movie 50 Years of Funny Females 1995 as Herself
27 50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary movie 50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary 1997 as Herself
28 A Step Apart movie A Step Apart 1992 as Herself
29 A Tribute to Mr. Television Milton Berle movie A Tribute to Mr. Television Milton Berle 1978 as Herself
30 ABCs Silver Anniversary Celebration movie ABCs Silver Anniversary Celebration 1978 as Herself
31 Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television movie Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television 1996 as Host
32 Consenting Adult movie Consenting Adult 1985 as Tess Lynd
33 Cricket on the Hearth movie Cricket on the Hearth 1967 as Bertha
34 Danny Thomas Christmas movie Danny Thomas Christmas 1986 as Co-Host
35 Deceit movie Deceit 2004 as Ellen McCarthy
36 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo movie Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo 1999 as Margaret
37 Free to Be... a Family movie Free to Be... a Family 1988 as Herself
38 Free to Be... You & Me movie Free to Be... You & Me 1974 as Herself - Host
39 Free to Laugh: A Comedy and Music Special for Amnesty International movie Free to Laugh: A Comedy and Music Special for Amnesty International 1992 as Herself
40 Gloria: In Her Own Words movie Gloria: In Her Own Words 2011 as Herself
There is the list of interview of Marlo Thomas:
  • "USA Weekend" (USA), 20 November 2009, pg. 16, by: Dennis McCafferty, "4 Questions for Marlo Thomas"
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 13 March 2004, Vol. 52, Iss. 11, pg. 12, by: Michael Davis, "Insider Q&A"
There is the list of some articles of Marlo Thomas:
  • "AARP: The Magazine" (USA), April 2014, Vol. 57, Iss. 3, pg. 68, by: Marlo Thomas, "Thoughts That Count"
  • "AARP: The Magazine" (USA), February 2014, Vol. 57, Iss. 2, pg. 68, by: Marlo Thomas, "Talking Across the Political Divide"
  • "AARP: The Magazine" (USA), August 2013, Vol. 56, Iss. 5, pg. 72, by: Marlo Thomas, "The School of Life"
  • "AARP: The Magazine" (USA), February 2013, Vol. 56, Iss. 2, pg. 63, by: Marlo Thomas, "Head Over Heels"
  • "AARP: The Magazine" (USA), October 2012, Vol. 55, Iss. 6, pg. 86, by: Marlo Thomas, "Who's The Friendlier Gender?"
  • "AARP: The Magazine" (USA), April 2012, Vol. 56, Iss. 3, pg. 71, by: Marlo Thomas, "'Free to Be'...Then and Now"
  • "AARP: The Magazine" (USA), November 2010, Vol. 53, Iss. 6, pg. 64-65, by: David Dudley, "Laughing Legacy"
  • "AARP: The Magazine" (USA), January 2007, Vol. 50, Iss. 1C, pg. 42, by: Elizabeth Enright, "2007 Impact Awards: "The children inspire me""
  • "Parade" (USA), 26 November 2006, pg. 8-10, by: Marlo Thomas, "A Miracle for Madie"
  • "Parade" (USA), 16 April 2006, pg. 9, by: Marlo Thomas, ""We Can Become Bitter or Better""
  • "Woman's Day" (USA), 7 December 2004, Vol. 68, Iss. 2, pg. 132, by: Jennifer L. Smith, "My Best Christmas Ever"
  • "Parade" (USA), 21 November 2004, pg. 28, by: James Brady, "In Step With: Marlo Thomas"
There is the list of some printed articles of Thomas, Margaret Julia:
  • "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1991, Vol. 4, Iss. 7, pg. 72-73, by: staff, "Jokers Wild: Marlo Thomas"
  • "High Society" (USA), August 1980, "Boob Tube"
The image of Thomas, Margaret Julia was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "Parade" (USA), 21 November 2004
  • "Parade" (USA), 20 April 2003
  • "Good Housekeeping" (USA), April 1993, Vol. 216, Iss. 4
There is the list of some quotes of Marlo Thomas:
  • My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.
  • [on her debt to 'Lee Strasberg' and 'Sandra Seacat' , from her 2010 autobiography] I only wish Lee could have lived to see me portray a schizophrenic in Nobody's Child (1986) (TV) . I never could have gotten near playing that kind of part without Lee's exercises, and the subsequent work I did and continue to do with his primary disciple, the brilliant Sandra Seacat.
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