CBS (ended 1967)
|Coincidentally, TV Land recently held a marathon of "That Girl" episodes, the 1966-1971 comedy series that Marlo Thomas is most associated with.|
One of the more interesting things I found out about the final season of "That Girl" was that the series was going to end with Ann and Don finally getting married. However, Marlo, who also was the executive producer, nixed that idea because she felt that it would convey the wrong idea that a girl needed to get married to have her life fulfilled. However, I feel it would have made a greater statement if she did the opposite proving that a woman can have a career and have a successful marriage.
|The other thing Ms. Thomas was associated with, post-That Girl, was the all-star TV special Free To Be . . . You And Me, produced in cooperation with Ms. magazine; FTB...Y&M was also released on LP on the Bell label initially, then on Arista (credited to "Marlo Thomas and Friends").|
|This week I've been watching the new DVD from CBS News: "Person To Person with Ed Murrow". Among the celebrities he interviews is Danny Thomas (Marlo's father). But Marlo wasn't present among the three children shown in the piece that was originally broadcast just before Christmas in about 1953. There were two girls, Margaret and Terry, and a boy, Tony. I thought that maybe the same "Margaret" might be a variation of "Marlo", but facially the college-aged woman named Margaret did not resemble Marlo. Danny and his wife did not mention that any of their children were absent.|
I grew up with Free To Be...You And Me, and appreciate the many messages of tolerance I learned from it. Funny though, last Christmas, one of my friends wanted a copy of it for her young daughter and I managed to find the CD and the DVD of the FTB...Y&M TV special, but what stood out for me was the poor grammar in the title song! "And you and me are free to be you and me!"
I gave it to my friend's daughter for Hannukah last year on the understanding that she would always sing "And you and I are free to be you and me!" LOL!
I think children's educational entertainment shows should at least spend a little effort on grammar, but none of them do anymore. Sesame Street, for instance, is a wonderful show on many levels, but bad grammar is all over that street (and not just among the Muppets)!
I've worked in radio for more than 15 years and when I started, poor grammar was always corrected. These days, though, the bosses have just given up because EVERYONE is doing it! It's rampant in commercials (just today, I heard one that says "There's lots of ways to save!"), it's in newscasts. It's everywhere! And no one seems to care anymore. I try not to care, either, but it grates on my ears like fingernails on a blackboard!
I just posted this and then noticed my icon! Bwahahaha! I'm a study in contradictions, ain't I? ;-)
|But Marlo wasn't present among the three children shown in the piece that was originally broadcast just before Christmas in about 1953. There were two girls, Margaret and Terry, and a boy, Tony.|
That young girl, Margaret, featured on the "Person To Person" show was indeed Marlo Thomas. Granted, she looked quite different from "That Girl" in 1965, but she most definately was Danny's oldest daughter Margaret, aka Marlo.
|The other thing Ms. Thomas was associated with, post-That Girl, was the all-star TV special Free To Be . . . You And Me.|
During their marathon, TV Land aired this Emmy-winning TV movie several times.
The young lady you see on the well-preserved kinescope of "Person To Person" is the same person who later became famous as Marlo Thomas, but that was many years later. The kinescope gives you no clue that the young lady you see and her future husband will talk publicly about issues that were taboo in the 1950s.
For that reason, the people who own "Person To Person" can't very well market their product as evidence of Ms. Thomas paving the way for independent women and the male talk show hosts they attract. Their product shows "Margaret" as the daughter of a comedian who never offended anyone.
"Free To Be You And Me" offends certain people to this day, and so do old clips of Phil Donahue's show.
I have seen "Person To Person" segments on Arlene, Dorothy and her husband and Bennett. (The one with John Daly was destroyed.) Watching them, you get absolutely no telltale signs of Alzheimers or drug overdoses or slapstick comedy routines with Soupy Sales. They came many years later.
That young girl, Margaret, featured on the "Person To Person" show was indeed Marlo Thomas. Granted, she looked quite different from "That Girl" in 1965, but she most definitely was Danny's oldest daughter Margaret, aka Marlo.
As I thought about it after watching the DVD last month, and read the other post giving the Internet Movie Database information on her real name, I concluded that it must be her. But not only could I see no resemblance in her face to her appearance 14 years later on "That Girl", I didn't notice any traces of that unique, somewhat "husky" quality in her voice that she would have by the time she had her own TV series.