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Phil Donahue

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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• Began his broadcasting career in radio, working as a station news director.

• His talk show premiered in Dayton, OH, in 1967 and went national three years later.

• Most frequent guest was consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who appeared on the show 34 times between 1968 and '96.

• Met second wife Marlo Thomas when she was a guest on his show in 1977.

• Penned the autobiography Donahue: My Own Story in 1980 and the book The Human Animal in 1985.

• Appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2010 with fellow talkers Sally Jessy Raphael, Geraldo Rivera, Ricki Lake and Montel Williams.

• Has won 20 Daytime Emmys, including one for lifetime achievement.