Marlo Thomas Poses for Rare Photo with Husband Phil Donahue at American Icon Awards
Former “That Girl” actress Marlo Thomas and talk-show host veteran Phil Donahue made a rare appearance at the American Icon Awards in Beverly Hills on May 20, 2019.
The event was filled with the glamour of many famous faces flashing their elegance. The spotlight, however, went to the couple who rarely have their photographs taken together but were anything but camera shy at the event.
A DAZZLING COUPLE
She completed the look with long earrings and a pearl-decorated cuff bracelet. Of course, Phil Donahue wasn’t far behind with his dashing tux and his iconic smile.
A PROUD HUSBAND
Phil couldn’t be prouder of his wife, who served as the National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital back in 2015.
“At airports, they knock me over — they say, 'We love That Girl'. Now and then they look me over and say, 'We like you, too, Regis!'"
Marlo came from a Hollywood family and was raised in Beverly Hills by mother Rose Marie Mantell Thomas and father Danny Thomas.
She took on acting early on and worked on numerous shows such as “Bonanza,” “McHale’s Navy,” “Ben Casey,” “Arrest and Trial,” and “The Joey Bishop Show.”
She struck fame in 1966 and continued till 1971 when she played the character of Ann Marie in the show “That Girl.”
Phil, on the other hand, came from a family that didn’t have any ties to the entertainment industry. He started as a comedian and then became a radio announcer in local stations.
That led him to try his luck as a news anchor, and eventually to create and host “The Phil Donahue Show” later renamed “Donahue,” which was the first show of its kind to incorporate audience participation.
The show aired from 1967 until 1995, and guests such as Bo Derek, Rosie O’Donnell, and Marilyn Manson were featured. He also had several political leaders on his show, like Jerry Brown and Bill Clinton.
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
Phil and Marlo first met back in the late ’70s, when she was a guest on his talk show, and it was love at first sight for the two of them.
Back then, Marlo had built a reputation for being outspoken and direct on interviews and walking out of a studio if she felt she was being disrespected. But with Phil, Marlo let out her most vulnerable side, flirting on screen with him and even daring to say in front of the cameras that any woman would’ve been lucky to have him.
Phil was equally taken with her and didn’t wait long to ask her out on a date. They dated for three years and tied the knot on May 21, 1980.
She was in her late 30s, and he was in his early 40s, and for Marlo, that’s part of the reason for their marriage’s success.
“Had Phil and I been younger, we might have been more impatient and missed each other,” Marlo told AARP. “But being older, we trusted our hearts and made an effort. For many, love really is better the second time around, but for me, the first time has been just fine.”