- NAME: Phil Donahue
- OCCUPATION: Talk Show Host
- BIRTH DATE: December 21, 1935 (Age: 78)
- Did You Know?: Phil Donahue's most frequent guest on his show was Ralph Nader, who appeared on the talk show 34 times between 1968 and 1996.
- Did You Know?: Phil Donahue met his second wife, Marlo Thomas, on the set of his talk show in 1977. They got married three years later.
- EDUCATION: University of Notre Dame
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Cleveland, Ohio
- Full Name: Phillip John Donahue
- AKA: Phil Donahue
- ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
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A pioneering talk show host, Phil Donahue's Phil Donahue Show paved the way for virtually every talk show to appear on TV since.
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This was also the year that he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Emmy.
In July 2002, MSNBC coaxed the silver-haired host out of retirement to helm the much-hyped return of Donahue. However, eight months later, poor viewership caused the ratings-challenged cable network to cancel the show. He continued to stay out of the spotlight until 2007, when he produced and directed the documentary Body of War. Three years later, he appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show alongside other popular hosts such as Rivera, Raphael, Montel Williams and Ricki Lake.
With his intelligent, informative daytime talk show style, Donahue's influence is more noticeable with every bold talk show that hits the airwaves. His way of asking the probing questions, his limitless curiosity and trademark enthusiastic bounding up and down the aisles of his studio in order to get as many audience comments as possible, is legendary.
Donahue has five children with first wife Margaret Cooney: four sons, Michael, Kevin, Daniel, Jim, and one daughter, Mary Rose. He met second wife, actress Marlo Thomas, when she was a guest on his show; they married in 1980.
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