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Happy Birthday To Westport’s Marlo Thomas

Margaret Julia "Marlo" Thomas turns 76 on Thursday.
Margaret Julia "Marlo" Thomas turns 76 on Thursday. Photo Credit:

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Westport’s Marlo Thomas!

Margaret Julia "Marlo" Thomas, who has owned a home in Westport, turns 76 on Thursday. The actress, producer and social activist was born November 21, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan.

Thomas appeared in many TV shows including Bonanza, Ben Casey, Arrest and Trial, The Joey Bishop Show, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, 77 Sunset Strip, and The Donna Reed Show.

Her big break came in 1965 when she was cast for Barefoot in The Park. She known for her starring role on the TV series That Girl (1966–1971) and her award-winning feminist children's franchise, Free to Be... You and Me.

For her television work, she has received four Emmys, a Golden Globe, the George Foster Peabody Award and has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. She has  also received a Grammy award for her children’s album Thanks & Giving All Year Long.

She has appeared in many films like Jenny (1970), The Real Blonde (1997), Playing Mona Lisa (2000) and LOL (2012). Her Broadway theatre credits include Thieves (1974), Social Security (1986) and The Shadow Box (1994), and in 2011 she starred as Doreen in Elaine May's comedy George Is Dead.

She serves as National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and currently narrates the series Happily Never After on Investigation Discovery.

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