Phil Donahue

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Date of Birth December 21, 1935
Place of Birth Cleveland, Ohio
Age 84 years old
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Phil Donahue

Phillip John Donahue is an American media personality, writer, film producer and the creator and host of The Phil Donahue Show. The television program, later known as Donahue, was the first talk show format that included audience participation. The show had a 29-year run on national television in America that began in Dayton, Ohio in 1967 and ended in New York City in 1996. His shows have often focused on issues that divide liberals and conservatives in the United States, such as abortion, consumer protection, civil rights and war issues. His most frequent guest was Ralph Nader, for whom Donahue campaigned in 2000. Donahue also briefly hosted a talk show on MSNBC from July 2002 to March 2003. Donahue is one of the most influential talk show hosts and has been called the "king of daytime talk." Oprah Winfrey has stated, "If it weren't for Phil Donahue, there would never have been an Oprah Show." In 1996, Donahue was ranked #42 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

Born: Phillip John Donahue, December 21, 1935, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Residence: Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Education: University of Notre Dame (B.B.A.)
Occupation: Talk show host, film producer
Years active: 1957–present
Children: 5
Twitter: Phil Donahue's Twitter profile
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About Phil Donahue

Trailblazing talk show host who became known for marrying actress Marlo Thomas and had his own television show for twenty-six years.

Before Fame

He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1957.


He campaigned for Ralph Nader in 2000.

Family Life

He married Marge Cooney in February of 1958. Five years after their 1975 divorce, he wed Marlo Thomas.


Ralph Nader was a frequent guest on Donahue's talk show.

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  • American political journalists
  • Journalists from Ohio
  • 21st-century Roman Catholics
  • American television talk show hosts
  • Peabody Award winners
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  • 20th-century Roman Catholics
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