Eons ago, we loved watching Marlo Thomas on “That Girl.” We were so jealous of her straight hair, the exact opposite of our unruly, wild curls. But we cringed when she would whine “Oh Donald” to her squeeze, Donald Hollinger, on the show.
We haven’t thought much about her recently, until HSN sent out a press release saying that Thomas is the latest in a parade of celebs, particularly actresses, who have come to the home shopping world with apparel or makeup lines.
Thomas has a clothing and accessory collection, That Woman!, that will premiere on HSN on Jan. 19.
“HSN has aligned seamlessly with my vision,” Thomas, daughter of comedian Danny Thomas and wife of ex-talk show host Phil Donahue, said in a canned statement.
“As I’ve grown from a girl to a woman, I’ve come to believe even stronger that our clothes should never narrowly define us, but free us to enjoy the adventure of fashion — a signature style that makes us feel vibrant and confident and look great, too. I’m so excited to share what I’ve learned over the years with HSN customers and women looking for feminine and sassy clothing options that work for all ages and body types.”
The 15-piece line will have items ranging in price from $39.90 for a heart choker, to $79.90 for a lace-up sweater, topping out at $169.90 for a perforated moto jacket.
“The collection boasts a variety of bold and neutral tones from hot pink to champagne, and for each piece, Marlo has created a distinct detail, including keyholes, fringe, beading, pleating and perforation,” the HSN press relrase said.
“Marlo became a fashion icon when she burst onto the scene as America’s first single working girl, Ann Marie, in her television series ‘That Girl,'” the release continued.
“Through the years, she has brought her fun and sophisticated fashion sense to her everyday life as she’s traveled across the country, speaking to women and raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. These women have become the inspiration for Marlo’s debut line, one that encourages them to define and embrace their own style.”
We don’t quite see her relevance as a fashion designer in today’s world, but we don’t run HSN, which crowed about how happy it was to have her.
“As a company, we are so inspired by Marlo and everything that she has accomplished,” Vanessa Dusold, HSN’s senior vice president of merchandising, apparel and accessories.
“She truly believes in giving back and empowering women through fashion and style. Marlo has exquisite taste and we’re excited to share this collection with her fans and our customers.”
Here’s the boilerplate on Thomas:
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 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest honor a civilian can receive—by President Barack Obama. Marlo was introduced to America as 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 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 $700 million dollars from holiday shoppers everywhere. Marlo lives in New York with her husband, talk show pioneer Phil Donahue.