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Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Saturday, May 16, 2020
5:00pm PST/ 8pm EST — Virtual Event
Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue
discussing their book,
“What Makes a Marriage Last:
40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life”


This event premieres on May 16 at 5pm PST/8pm EST on the Live Talks Los Angeles Facebook page and also in our YouTube channel. This is free to watch.

The event is free to register to watch, and you can purchase a signed book in our online bookstore.

MARLO THOMAS is an award-winning actress, author, and activist whose body of work continues to impact American entertainment and culture. She has been honored with four Emmy Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. In November 2014, President Barack Obama awarded Marlo the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian can receive.

PHIL DONAHUE is a writer, producer, journalist, and media pioneer who revolutionized the talk show format and ushered in a new era of broadcast television. The Donahue show was honored with twenty Daytime Emmy Awards, including ten Emmys for Outstanding Host, and ten for Best Talk Show. In 1996, the Daytime Emmys presented Phil with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to television journalism. Phil has been inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award. 

Power couple Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue have created a compelling and intimate collection of intriguing conversations with famous couples about their enduring marriages and how they have made them last through the challenges we all share.

What makes a marriage last? Who doesn’t want to know the answer to that question? To unlock this mystery, iconic couple Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue crisscrossed the country and conducted intimate conversations with 40 celebrated couples whose long marriages they’ve admired – award-winning actors, athletes, and newsmakers to writers, comedians, musicians, and a former US president and First Lady. Through these conversations, Marlo and Phil also revealed the rich journey of their own marriage. 

What Makes a Marriage Last offers practical and heartfelt wisdom for couples of all ages and a rare glimpse into the lives of husbands and wives we have come to know and love. Marlo and Phil’s frequently funny, often touching, and always engaging conversations span the marital landscape – from that first rush of new love to keeping that precious spark alive, from navigating hard times to celebrating triumphs, from balancing work and play and family to growing better and stronger together. At once intimate, candid, revelatory, hilarious, instructive, and poignant, this audiobook is a beautiful gift for couples of every age and stage. 

Featuring interviews with:

  • Alan and Arlene Alda 
  • Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
  • President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter 
  • James Carville and Mary Matalin
  • Deepak and Rita Chopra 
  • Patricia Cornwell and Staci Gruber
  • Bryan Cranston and Robin Dearden 
  • Billy and Janice Crystal
  • Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest 
  • Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen
  • Viola Davis and Julius Tennon 
  • Gloria and Emilio Estefan
  • Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan 
  • Chip and Joanna Gaines
  • Sanjay and Rebecca Gupta 
  • Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann
  • Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka 
  • Ron and Cheryl Howard
  • Jesse and Jacqueline Jackson 
  • Elton John and David Furnish
  • John and Justine Leguizamo 
  • LL Cool J and Simone I. Smith
  • Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone 
  • John McEnroe and Patty Smyth
  • Mehmet and Lisa Oz 
  • Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete
  • Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Bert Pogrebin 
  • Rob and Michele Reiner
  • Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos 
  • Al Roker and Deborah Roberts
  • Ray and Anna Romano 
  • Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams
  • Judges Judy and Jerry Sheindlin 
  • George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth
  • Sting and Trudie Styler 
  • Capt. Chesley “Sully” and Lorrie Sullenberger
  • Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner 
  • Judith and Milton Viorst