Over the course of her ground-breaking career, Marlo Thomas has received a GRAMMY award, four Emmys, nine Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe, the George Foster Peabody Award for Television Excellence, the American Women in Radio and Television Satellite Award, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for exceptional humanitarian efforts and outstanding contributions to our country..
As an actress, producer and social activist, Marlo Thomas has been a role model for women and children since she blazed the trail as television’s first single woman living alone in the hit series That Girl. She has produced numerous inspiring projects, such as the best-selling television specials, books and records Free to Be…You and Me and Free to Be … A Family. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Right Words at the Right Time as well as The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 2: Your Turn!, and Thanks and Giving: All Year Long and Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny..
Marlo began her career performing in regional theaters around the country, when Mike Nichols cast her as the lead in the London production of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park. She then went on to star in and produce the long-running hit television series That Girl. Marlo has appeared in several Broadway productions, television films and feature films. She has made guest appearances on the hit television shows Friends, Ally McBeal and Ugly Betty. In 2010, Marlo launched her website, MarloThomas.com, which features an ongoing series of engaging articles, posts and live-stream interviews that encourage women 40 and over to continue to pursue their dreams. For the website, Marlo has partnered with AOL and the Huffington Post and now serves as Editor-at-Large of the Huffington Post Women’s page.
The eldest child of founder Danny Thomas, Marlo proudly serves as National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Marlo attends events around the country to promote St. Jude with corporations, individual donors and other celebrities. She has been actively involved in solidifying support for St. Jude with such partners as Target, Sterling Jewelers, Williams-Sonoma, Kmart, CVS/pharmacy, AutoZone, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and the Wall Street community, among many others.
In 2004, Marlo, Terre and Tony created Thanks and Giving®, a national campaign that encourages holiday shoppers to “Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not.” During the months of November and December, consumers are asked to help raise funds at participating retailers by adding a donation at check out or by purchasing specialty items to benefit St. Jude. Thanks to Marlo’s efforts, Thanks and Giving has been featured on NBC’s Today show in multiple segments spotlighting patients, doctors, scientists and the ground-breaking research and treatment at St. Jude.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the inspiring and iconic Award Winning Actress and Activist Marlo Thomas at her home in NYC for an intimate conversation about the incredible work she is doing for St. Jude with her “Thanks And Giving” Campaign, the various celebrities that she has enlisted to join her like Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Robin Williams, Michael Strahan, and more, her most memorable moments of her incredible career, what advice she would give for other artists born to Hollywood stars, her new role on The New Normal, and much much more! Marlo is not only an icon in the acting world, but an inspiration for all us on how effort can make all the difference. Enjoy Kade Nation!
Here is Marlo Thomas on NBC’s Today Show talking about her “Thanks and Giving” Campaign for St. Jude and Matt Lauer visiting St Jude: