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Marlo Thomas
Marlo Thomas

Marlo Thomas Biography

Marlo Thomas ( born Margaret Julia Thomas) is an American actress, producer, social activist, author, and philanthropist who has won numerous awards. She is well-known for her lead part in the comedic series That Girl (1966-1971). She is the author of seven best-selling books, including the Emmy Award-winning Free To Be…You & Me.

Marlo Thomas Age | Birthday

How old is Marlo? Marlo is 84 years old as of 2021. She was born Margaret Julia Marlo Thomas on November 21, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan, United States of America. She celebrates her birthday on the 21st of November every year.

Marlo Thomas Education

Marlo attended Marymount High School in Los Angeles and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Southern California.

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Marlo Thomas Ethnicity | Nationality

Thomas is an American national and citizen by birth. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, United State of America. She is of white ethnicity/heritage/ancestry.

Marlo Thomas Height | Weight

The famous actress stands at a height of 5’4″ (1.63 m). She also weighs 123 lbs (56 kg).

Marlo Thomas Family | Parents

Marlo was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the United State of America as the eldest child of comedian Danny Thomas (1912 – 1991) and former Rose Marie Cassaniti (1914 – 2000). Her dad was a Roman Catholic Lebanese American and her mom was Sicilian American. Her adoptive parent was Loretta Young.

Marlo Thomas Siblings | Sister

Marlo was born alongside her younger siblings. She has a sister, Terre, and a brother Tony Thomas, a producer and a filmmaker.

Marlo Thomas Husband | Married

Herb Gardner, a dramatist, was Thomas’s long-term partner. Thomas was a guest on the television talk show, Donahue, in 1977 when she and host Phil Donahue “fell in love at first sight.” They married on May 21, 1980, and raised their five children together.

Marlo Thomas Children

She personally has no children, however, she is a loving and caring stepmother to Donahue’s five children from his first marriage.

Marlo Thomas’s Net Worth

Thomas has an estimated net worth of $40 million dollars, including her assets, money, and income. Her primary source of income is her career as an Actress and Author.

Marlo Thomas That Girl

In 1965, Thomas appeared in an ABC pilot called Two’s Company. Even though it didn’t sell, it caught the attention of an ABC programming executive. He visited with Thomas and expressed interest in putting her in charge of her own arrangement. With their comfort, Thomas came up with her own idea for a program about a young woman who leaves her home, travels to New York City, and fights to become an on-screen character. The system was first hesitant, fearful that viewers would find an arrangement focused on a single female uninteresting or unrealistic.

Marlo Thomas Movies and TV Shows


  • Ocean’s 8
  • The Female Brain
  • LOL
  • Playing Mona Lisa
  • Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
  • Starstruck
  • The Real Blonde
  • Falling Down
  • In the Spirit
  • Thieves
  • Jenny

Marlo Thomas Television


  • Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
  • Ballers
  • The New Normal
  • Ugly Betty
  • Deceit
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Two Against Time
  • Ally McBeal
  • Frasier
  • Friends
  • Roseanne
  • Ultimate Betrayal
  • Reunion

Marlo Thomas Books

  • Growing Up Laughing
  • Free to Be…You and Me
  • The Right Words at the Right Time
  • It Ain’t Over . . . Till It’s Over
  • Free to Be…a Family
  • The Right Words at the Right Time Volume 2
  • Free to Be…You and Me and Free to Be…a Family
  • Thanks, Giving: All Year Long
  • As Long as You Both Shall Live
  • When We Were Free to Be

Marlo Thomas Career

Thomas starred in a number of television shows, 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. Mike Nichols cast her in the London production of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, which also starred Daniel Massey, Kurt Kasznar, and Mildred Natwick, in 1965. (She was cast by Nichols again on Broadway in Andrew Bergman’s Social Security in 1986, alongside Ron Silver and Olympia Dukakis.) In a 1961 episode of CBS’s Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theatre, “Honor Bright,” Thomas and her father, Danny, played Laurie and Ed Dubro.

Thomas is the author of seven best-selling books, three of which are #1 bestsellers: Free to Be… You and Me; Free to Be… A Family; The Right Words at the Right Time; The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 2: Your Turn; The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 1: Your Turn; The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 2: Your Turn; Friends of Marlo Thomas: Growing Up Laughing, her 2009 biography; and It Ain’t Over…Till It’s Over: Reinventing Your Life and Realizing Your Dreams Anytime, At Any Age (the CD version of which won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children in 2006).

Thomas works as the National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which was founded by her father, Danny Thomas, in Memphis, Tennessee. All earnings from her 2004 book and CD were donated. She donated all royalties from her 2004 book and CD Marlo Thomas and Friends: Thanks & Giving All Year Long (also produced with Christopher Cerf) and her two Right Words at the Right Time books to the hospital. In 2010, Thomas created MarloThomas.com, a website for women aged 35+, associated with AOL and the Huffington Post.