Marlo Thomas Shares Throwback Photo with Husband Phil Donahue Taken Almost 40 Years Ago

Famous "That Girl" star, Marlo Thomas recently posted a special picture of herself and her longtime husband, Phil Donahue. Thanks to its rarity, the image has become a fan favorite.

Marlo shared the picture via her Instagram feed on July 25. The dated shot quickly became popular online; so far, it has amassed thousands of likes as well as comments.

The reason for this couldn't be more evident considering that the picture makes devoted fans of the couple take a walk down memory lane.

The shot is taken close up and seems to have the night sky as its background. The adorable couple was thus outlined against the dark setting so that they stood out in their white outfits. Marlo looked elegant in a white retro short and Phil was pictured wearing a white shirt beneath a white collared polo.

The now-aged pair looked very dashing even though they were dressed comfortably. Marlo and Phil posed for the shot huddled close together with the former smiling brightly although she was looking away from the camera.

Marlo's display of affection didn't end with sharing the picture as she penned a special message to accompany the beautiful image. She wrote:

"Oh, how time has flown by so fast! This photo was taken in 1981, one year after getting married to my best friend. We were at a roller skating party for Free to Be. #throwbackthursday #freetobeyouandme."

Marlo and Phil tied the knot way back in 1980, and despite being notable celebrities, they have managed to keep their marriage healthy. Heartfelt displays like Marlo's isn't new when it comes to this pair, but it still manages to leave fans in awe of the beautiful couple.

Soon after Marlo shared this throwback picture, fans took to the comment section to compliment the stunning display. A significant few recalled watching Phil's "Free to Be," while many just shared sweet words about Marlo and Phil's long-standing relationship.

One fan, @robertaperez7826 commented:

"Just a beautiful couple who was meant to be together forever."

Another fan, @jjmom13 wrote:

"Still remember watching you on Phil's show and watching sparks was in the air. So nice to see."

Till date, the pair, who are both over eighty years old, is still so much in love that they continuously leave everyone astonished. It is indeed a laudable feat knowing how rocky most celebrity love pairings get.

While speaking at "50 Over 50," a luncheon sponsored by "Good Housekeeping" and L'Oréal Paris to honor inspiring women over 50, Thomas revealed the secret to their successful marriage.


"I was always offering my husband advice, and after about 10 years, he finally said to me, 'I don't want you to tell me what to do, I just want you to listen.'"

Marlo pushed that if you listen, you attain a higher level of intimacy with your partner; her relationship with Donahue is proof of the viability of her words. 

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