2014 ADVOCACY AWARD
St. Jude Research Hospital
Marlo Thomas is an actress, author and activist whose body of work continues to impact American entertainment and culture. She has been honored with four Emmy Awards, the Peabody, a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. She burst onto the scene in television’s That Girl, conceiving, producing and starring in the first-ever series about an independent young career woman living on her own. Her pioneering spirit continued with the creation of the landmark children’s project, Free to Be…You and Me, which became a platinum album, best-selling book and Emmy-winning TV special. She has remained a constant presence on television, in regional theatre and on Broadway, and on her website, MarloThomas.com, in partnership with AOL and The Huffington Post. She has written seven best-selling books, including her 2014 anthology, It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over, a collection of inspirational stories about women who reinvented themselves in remarkable ways.
As National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Marlo travels the country throughout the year, raising funds and awareness for the hospital. In 2004, she created the hospital’s annual Thanks and Giving program, an unprecedented collaborative campaign that brings together more than 60 of the nation’s leading corporations that has so far raised $500 million dollars from holiday shoppers everywhere. Marlo lives in New York with her husband, talk show pioneer Phil Donahue.