Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas, the celebrity couple who are together for long years, had shared their experience in the book they published, “What Makes a Marriage Last: 40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life.”
“Marriage is like a vacuum cleaner: you stick it to your ear, and it sucks out all your energy and ambition.” Marlo thomas said in the book.
After Marlo and Phil had their first marriages, and failed in them, they found the lasting love with each other, and that is why they have been together for so long.
“The Phil Donahue Show,” which later turned to “Donahue,” Phil had received success and fame. For 29 years, show was on TV, an he met with the person who changed his life.
They met in Chicago, 1977, dated for three years, and exchanged their vows in 1980, in front of 35 guests in their private ceremony.
Marlo’s friends and family were shocked, as they were not expecting her to be married. Marlo’s mother kept asking to Donahue “How did you get her to do this?”
Marlo started to think that if she was a hypocrite for getting married, after years of talking against marriage. She was not expecting herself to be married with such enthusiasm.
But despite the odds, the couple had kept their marriage until this day, as they had went through thick and thin together.
They had spent time apart from each other, while Phil was working in Chicago, and Marlo was traveling for her own career as an actress.
Even though they lived apart from each other during the first years of their marriage, they made their relationship and marriage work.
In 2012, Marlo talked about her relationship with Phil’s children, where she explained that they already had their mother, and Marlo was not there to play the mother.
She became a friend of Phil’s children, as she would do what her own mother did. Their relationship went stronger with each passing day.
Another reason for their relationship to work that long, Marlo says, “You build trust when you realize that this person always has your back.”
After 40 years of being together, the couple stated that they still have more memories to create for themselves.
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