Phil Donahue Bio

(Bachelor's Degree in business administration)

50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time host, Phil Donahue is married to Marlo Thomas and has five children. He met his wife, Marlo on a talk show! Phil mostly talks about divide liberals and conservatives.

Relationship Statistics of Phil Donahue

What is Phil Donahue marital status ? (single, married, in relation or divorce):Married
When did Phil Donahue get married ? (married date):May 21, 1980
How many children does Phil Donahue have ? (name):Five(Michael, Kevin, Daniel, Mary Rose, and James Donahue)
Is Phil Donahue having any relationship affair ?: No
Is Phil Donahue gay ?: No
Who is Phil Donahue wife ? (name): View Couple ComparisonMarlo Thomas
Marlo Thomas

More about the relationship

Phil is a married man. He is married to Marlo Thomas. Marlo is the daughter of a comedian and TV producer Danny Thomas. They tied the knot on 21 May 1980 and residing in Manhattan, USA.

He was married once before. He was married to Margaret Cooney in 1958. The couple has five children together namely Michael, Kevin, Daniel, Mary Rose, and James Donahue. But the marriage was not a happy one. So the divorce ended in 1975.

Who is Phil Donahue?

Phil is an American TV host and the creator of ‘The Phil Donahue Show.’ He is renowned as Donahue. This show is also one of the first talk show where the audience participates. He is also a writer and film producer as well. In 1996, he was among the top 50 TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time for his talk show.

Phil Donahue: Age, Parents, Siblings, Family, Ethnicity

Phil was born on 21 December 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. His nationality is American and ethnicity is Irish Catholic.

His full name is Phillip John “Phil” Donahue. His mother’s name is Catherine/Katherine (McClory) and his father’s name is Phillip Donahue. His father was a furniture salesman and his mother was a shoe clerk. However, his parents divorced. Later, his father remarried Marlo Thomas.

Talking about the siblings, he has three brothers, Michael, Kevin and Daniel and sister, Mary Rose.

Phil Donahue: Education

Phil graduated from St. Edward High School in Cleveland. Later, in 1957, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana for a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Phil Donahue: Professional Life, Career

Phil Donahue started his career as a production assistant on KYW radio and WKYC-TV.  After graduation from college. he became program director for WABJ radio in Adrian, Michigan. He became a stringer for CBS Morning News. Later he served as an anchor at WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio. Phil Donahue hosted a talk show named Conversation Piece.

He hosted the show from 1963 to 1967 on WHIO radio. Besides these, he had done various interviews. He had interviewed different personalities including, ‘Jimmy Hoffa’ ‘Billie Sol Estes’ ‘John F. Kennedy’ and ‘Johnny Carson’. Phil has also interviewed heavyweight boxing champions, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

Phil Donahue left the WHIO-TV in the year 1967 on the 6th of November. Later Phil became the host of a new television program, Phil Donahue Show on WLWD. The show was broadcasted by multiple television stations and radio stations from January 1970. The Phil Donahue Show entered nationwide syndication. The show moved to Chicago in the year 1974. Later in 1984, the show moved to New York City.

Donahue has also appeared  NBC’s The Today Show as a contributor, from 1979 until 1988.  Later from 1991 to 1994, Phil co-hosted Pozner/Donahue. Besides these, he also co-hosted the show U.S.–Soviet Space Bridge along with Soviet journalist Vladimir Pozner. The show is a series of televised discussions among the citizens of the Soviet Union and the United States.

Phil joined the television in July 2002. He returned to host a show called Donahue on MSNBC. Unfortunately, the show was canceled by MSNBC on February 25, 2003. Later in 2006, he served as co-director for the documentary film Body of War.

He worked along with filmmaker Ellen Spiro for the documentary. The film was listed as one of the movies to be considered for an Oscar nomination in November 2007 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Donahue has received various awards during his professional career. He was awarded  20 Emmy Awards during his broadcasting career. He received 10 awards for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

He also received an award for hosting the show, The Phil Donahue Show. In the year 1980, he received the prestigious Peabody Award. Phil Donahue was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame on November 20, 1993.

Phil Donahue: Salary, Net Worth

He has a net worth of $25 million according to the sources but his salary is not revealed yet.

Phil Donahue: Rumors, Controversy

Most journalists are diplomatically accurate or they know how to maintain a diplomatic relationship with everyone as that is their job. But Phi is famous as the straight-forward host and commonly keeps giving controversial statements.


Phil has a height of 6 feet. His hair color is grey and eye color is green.

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