Phil Donahue

Phil Donahue


12/21/1935, Cleveland, Ohio

Birth Name

Phillip John Donahue


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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • The original title "The Phil Donahue Show" was officially renamed simply "Donahue" in 1976, once again trailblazing a trend that was to be imitated throughout the industry.

    • Phil hosted a phone-in talk show from 1963–1967 on WHIO radio titled Conversation Piece, while living in Dayton, Ohio.

    • One of Phil's earlier careers was as a bank check sorter in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    • In September 2005 Phil was noted as supporting anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan protesting USA's "War On Terror" war in Iraq.

    • In 1994 Phil succeeded in getting permission from a convicted murderer to film the murderer's legal execution in the gas chamber. The courts, however, refused to give the FCC permission to air the event.

    • Phil Donahue married Marge Cooney on February 1 1958. They divorced in 1975. They had five children together. They're names are Michael, Kevin, Daniel, Jim and Mary Rose.

    • As of 2007, Phil has won 19 Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Talk Show Host.

    • Phil graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in 1957.

    • He is the recipient of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Lifetime Achievement Award.

    • Phil hosted the first daytime talk show entitled The Phil Donahue Show.

    • He got hitched to Marlo Thomas on May 21st 1980 and are still married to this day.

  • Quotes

    • Phil Donahue: Don't be afraid of liberals. Some of them are my best friends. You can call us names, you can picket us but you cannot take our flag. We are as proud of America as anyone else.