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Also Known As: Margaret Julia Thomas, Margot Thomas Died:
Born: November 21, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, producer

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A bubbly presence with a charmingly husky voice, actress Marlo Thomas, the daughter of beloved entertainer Danny Thomas, rose to fame in the late 1960s as the accident-prone Ann Marie on "That Girl" (ABC, 1966-1971). The series, which earned Thomas a Golden Globe, might have been the alpha and omega of her career, as it minted her in the role of hapless ingénue for years to follow. But Thomas turned to weightier topics in the 1970s, most notably women and children's rights, for which she helped to launch the Ms. Foundation for Women and produce the children's special "Free to Be You and Me" (ABC, 1974), which endeared her to a generation of youngsters and parents. With the help and support of her famous talk show host husband Phil Donahue, Thomas later segued into producing for television while continuing her philanthropic pursuits through St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. In doing so, Thomas became one of the leading socially conscious figures in the entertainment industry.

A bubbly presence with a charmingly husky voice, actress Marlo Thomas, the daughter of beloved entertainer Danny Thomas, rose to fame in the late 1960s as the accident-prone Ann Marie on "That Girl" (ABC, 1966-1971). The series, which earned Thomas a Golden Globe, might have been the alpha and omega of her career, as it minted her in the role of hapless ingénue for years to follow. But Thomas turned to weightier topics in the 1970s, most notably women and children's rights, for which she helped to launch the Ms. Foundation for Women and produce the children's special "Free to Be You and Me" (ABC, 1974), which endeared her to a generation of youngsters and parents. With the help and support of her famous talk show host husband Phil Donahue, Thomas later segued into producing for television while continuing her philanthropic pursuits through St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. In doing so, Thomas became one of the leading socially conscious figures in the entertainment industry.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 DECEIT (2004) Ellen
2.
 Two Against Time (2002) Julie Portman
3.
 Playing Mona Lisa (2000) Sheila Goldstein
4.
 Real Blonde, The (1997) Blair
5.
 Ultimate Betrayal (1994) Sharon Rodgers
6.
 Reunion (1994) Jessie Yates
7.
 Held Hostage: The Sis And Jerry Levin Story (1991) Lucille "Sis" Levin
8.
 In the Spirit (1990) Reva Prosky
9.
 Nobody's Child (1986) Marie Balter
10.
 Consenting Adult (1985) Tess Lynd
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Milestones close milestones

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Appeared on TV in the anthology series, "Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater"
1961:
TV series debut, as Stella Barnes, the protagonist's sister, in "The Joey Bishop Show"
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Played the female lead in the London production of Neil Simon's comic play, "Barefoot in the Park"
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Starred as aspiring actress Ann Marie on the ABC-TV sitcom, "That Girl"
1970:
Feature film debut, "Jenny"
1973:
Starred in the ABC multi-sketch comedy special, "Marlo Thomas in Acts of Love--and Other Comedies"
1974:
Broadway debut, "Thieves"
1974:
TV producing debut, "Marlo Thomas and Friends in 'Free to Be...You and Me'" (ABC)
1977:
Made second feature film, "Thieves", based on the Broadway play
1977:
TV-movie debut, "It Happened One Christmas" (ABC), a distaff remake of the Frank Capra classic "It's a Wonderful Life"; also co-produced
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Formed Hart, Thomas & Berlin Productions with Carole Hart and Kathie Berlin
1990:
Returned to feature films after a 13-year absence to appear in "In the Spirit"
1990:
Co-executive produced (with Carole Hart and Kathie Berlin) the short-lived CBS comedy series, "Wish You Were Here"
1992:
Received star No. 1971 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 11
1996:
Had recurring role as Rachel's mother on "Friends"
1998:
Had supporting roles in the independent films "The Real Blonde" and "Starfucker"
1999:
Played Alicia Witt's mother in the festival screened "Playing Mona Lisa"
2001:
Portrayed author Jacqueline Susann on stage in "Paper Doll" in Pittsburgh; production moved to Broadway in 2002
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Thomas received four Emmy nominations as Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on "That Girl".

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
David Geffen. Executive.
companion:
Herb Gardner. Playwright, director.
husband:
Phil Donahue. Talk-show host. Married on May 22, 1980; met in 1977 when Thomas was a guest on his show.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Danny Thomas. Actor, singer, TV producer. Born January 6, 1912; died February 6, 1991; star of TV's "Make Room for Daddy" and "The Danny Thomas Show"; later produced such series as "The Dick Van Dyke Show", "The Andy Griffith Show", "Gomer Pyle, USMC" and "Mod Squad".
mother:
Rose Marie Thomas. Born in 1914; died of natural causes on July 12, 2000.
brother:
Tony Thomas. Producer. Producer of TV's "Golden Girls", "Empty Nest", "Lenny" and "Blossom" with partner Paul Junger Witt.
sister:
Theresa Thomas.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"That Girl and Phil" St. Martin's Press

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