Today is Marlo Thomas‘ 74th birthday!
Many of my younger readers (i.e: younger than say, 25) may not know who this famous actress from the 1960’s and 70’s is, so let me help you out. Marlo Thomas is best known for starring in the 1960s sitcom, “That Girl”. I may not have seen that television show, but to me, Marlo Thomas is best known for her role as a star and producer in the children’s television special, “Free To Be… You And Me.”
I grew up on “Free To Be… You And Me.” My mom had the piano sheet music, and the video tape we had of it, was one of the most played/requested movies we enjoyed as kids. It was a beautiful series that explained to children that everyone is unique and special. The show incorporated numerous special guests doing musical numbers and voicing puppets in skits. Think, Saturday Night Live meets Sesame Street, but in the 60’s and twice as awesome.
Some favorite skits include “When We Grow Up” which is sung by a young Michael Jackson and Roberta Flack; the feel-good ballad, “It’s Alright To Cry”; and Marlo Thomas’ interviews with kids about their siblings and the follow-up song, “Sisters and Brothers” (words can not describe how much I am in love with the dancing and the fashion in that song).
So here’s to Marlo’s birthday! Happy 74th birthday!