Inside Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas’ inspiring 40-year love story

How often have you heard the question “Do you believe in love at first sight”? It’s popped up in romance stories and real conversations for as long as one can remember. But what does the question truly mean?

“Do you believe in love at first sight?” is always asked with a bit of a dilemma in the question. If it’s never happened to you, then surely it’s not real. But people who have gone through it will tell you that’s ridiculous since it clearly happened to them.

The reality seems to lie somewhere in between.

Love at first sight happens, just not to everyone – but it happened to Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue.
Actress Marlo Thomas has been married to Phil Donahue since 1980. This year marks their 42nd year of being together.

Their marriage is a thing they are very proud of, and it’s been the subject of some interviews and news stories already. I can hardly blame anyone given how sweet the two are.

The way they met was truly love at first sight. Marlo appeared on the show that Donahue hosted.

It was a promising meeting. On the show, Marlo told Phil to his face that she found him “loving” and “generous” before saying “Whoever is the woman in your life is very lucky”. Those are some pretty bold words to describe someone who’s sitting right next to you.

Of course, she was in love with him. You wouldn’t say that to someone you just want to be friends with.

And those meetings on that show led to the love, and eventually marriage, that the two would share for over 4 decades.

Now they’re sharing everything they’ve learned from those 40+ years of being together.


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