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Times on Marlo Thomas’s HSN Clothing Line

January 30, 2017

There was a profile of actress Marlo Thomas in The New York Times last week, with the news hook being her doing a clothing collection, “That Woman,” for HSN.

The article, “New Career In Fashion For ‘That Girl’: Marlo Thomas, Now 79, Is Offering Her First Clothing Line,” is a pretty interesting update on the life of the actress who played single career woman Ann Marie.

There were only a couple of tidbits about the HSN stuff. The story notes that the HSN collection has 15 pieces and a tote, and that during the interview Thomas was wearing clothes from her line.

Those included a “form-fitting” black sweater and black jersey pants, according to The Times. Thomas “her figure still girlish, made the outfit look wonderful,” The Times wrote.

The paper described HSN’s demo as a median age of 59,

One point we thought was interesting was that the clothes Thomas wore on “That Girl” represented “the uniform of the ’60s youthquake — graphic, eye-popping designs from Andre Courreges and Mary Quant — to be followed by the more bohemian accouterments of the early ’70s, like the styles of Halston, Giorgio di Sant’ Angelo and Yves St. Laurent<' The Timed wrote.

We always envied "Ann Marie" her prefectly straight hair, which reminded us of our friend Donna.

Marlo Thomas Joins Celeb Stampede To HSN

November 19, 2016

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.

Marlo Thomas to Launch ‘That Woman’ Collection on HSN

“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.

HSN Wants To Be Your Holiday Gift Portal: Say What?

October 16, 2013

HSN is planning a big hoopla for the holidays, including a sweet sweepstakes, curated options and a “More the Merrier Holiday Gift Store” on, the home shopping network said Tuesday.

First, there’s a “More the Merrier Sweepstakes presented by Toyota.” The nine-week event offers customers the chance to win prizes through the HSN Arcade gaming portal on or by using their tablet or smartphone via HSN Mobile.

Here’s what’s on the list as top prizes:

* 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid – One winner will bring home the redesigned 2014 Camry Hybrid.

* NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Getaway — A trip for two to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota Owners 400 race at the Richmond International Speedway. The package includes hotel and airfare, VIP tickets to the race, pre-race pit and garage access and the chance to meet a Sprint Cup Toyota driver.

Chef Lorena Garcia

Chef Lorena Garcia

* HSN Holiday Gift Bundles — Themed gift packages that HSN will be awarding winners weekly from Oct. 15 through Dec. 19, including handbags from Twiggy, Beats Pill wireless speakers, Dyson Hard DC56 vacuums and more!

* Ozark Mountains Guided Fishing Trip — A winner and guest will win a two-night getaway to the Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozark Mountains, with the opportunity to fish with Kevin VanDam, the “No. 1 angler in the world.”

As we’ve reported, country artist Keith Urban will present his new Urban Guitar Collection exclusively on HSN Nov. 3.

Fashion icon Iris Apfel has teamed up with Swarovski to create a special HSN jewelry capsule collection. It launches in early December.

Celebrity Chef Lorena Garcia will debut a collection of kitchenware set to launch exclusively on HSN;

Throughout Thanksgiving weekend, and Black Friday, HSN shoppers will also discover free shipping & handling offers on select gifts, thousands of products on Flex Pay and other deals to stretch their holiday budget.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban’s More the Merrier Gift Store will offer options that fit any budget, including gifts under $25, gifts under $50, gifts under $100 and gifts of luxury.

HSN Cares will also kick-off its annual heART 2013 HSN Designer Ornament Collection, which features designs from vendors such as Giuliana Rancic, Martha Stewart, Trish McEvoy, Marlo Thomas and Deborah Lippmann.

For ornaments purchased through Jan. 31, 100 percent of the profits – no less than 30 percent of the purchase price of each ornament – will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Customers can also make donations directly to St. Jude through HSN and All donations collected via the HSN Credit Card from Nov. 15 to 30 will be matched by HSN up to $150,000.

This holiday season, HSN is also partnering with @DogsOfInstagram to give 12 owners the chance to fulfill their pets’ ultimate wish list.

From Nov. 11 to 29, owners will be asked to share pictures of their pets in holiday action on Instagram. To enter upload your photo to Instagram, tag @HSN in the description and use #SantaPaws. Sweepstakes prizes go up to a $1,000 HSN gift card.

Official HSN Press Release On Its Designer Ornament St. Jude Benefit

November 8, 2010

We’re already written about HSN’s holiday promotion, selling Christmas ornaments designed by its celebrity vendors, to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

We made two errors on our prior blog on this. We did not realize that the most pricey ornament, from Naeem Khan, was a pricey $300. And we thought that celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s ornament was a beet, not a radish.

On Monday HSN officially announed the ornament promotion with this announcement:

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Throughout the holiday season, HSN, a leading interactive multi-channel retailer, will be offering customers the unique heART HSN 2010 Designer Ornament Collection. As part of the company’s overall “HSN Cares” philanthropic campaign, the heART collection is available exclusively on HSN and and was designed by more than 70 HSN partners. 100% of the profits – no less than 30% of the purchase price of each ornament – will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“Our annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign holds special meaning for our partners, employees and customers — and, for the holiday season this year, we wanted to offer a unique program to make our campaign the biggest yet,” said Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN, Inc. “The heART ornament collection reflects the creativity and compassion of our partners…all to benefit the children of St. Jude.”

“HSN has been a remarkable partner to St. Jude during Thanks and Giving, and its dedication and enthusiasm for supporting our lifesaving mission is extraordinary,” said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude. “Through the sale of these exclusive heART ornaments during the holidays, HSN will once again help St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Everyone who buys one of these beautiful ornaments will be giving hope to the precious children who are fighting for their lives.”

Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwen Stefani, Mary J. Blige, Sean Combs, Tori Spelling, Molly Sims, Martha Stewart, Susan Lucci, Jonathan Adler, Fran Drescher, Sam and Libby Edelman, Liz Lange, Nate Berkus, Padma Lakshmi and IMAN are among the more than 70 participants who designed ornaments. The beautifully designed collection ranges in price from $19.90 to $49.90, with an exceptional ornament designed by celebrity fashion designer Naeem Khan being offered for $299. This exquisite, limited-edition holiday ornament is covered in brilliant, hand-cut Swarovski crystals and is a signature piece for the collection. Swarovski is the official crystal of the heART HSN 2010 Designer Ornament Collection.

Each ornament has its own special story. Whether it’s Jennifer Flavin-Stallone partnering with her husband Sylvester Stallone to incorporate his original painting of Santa Claus; Chef Emeril Lagasse turning to a large radish as inspiration for his design; or fashion icon and London native “Twiggy” proudly waving her Union Jack, all of these incredible pieces are truly special keepsakes that support the lifesaving work of St. Jude.

Also, customers are able to decorate their own interactive Christmas trees with the heART designer ornaments on and then share their holiday creations with friends via Facebook, Twitter or email.

In addition to funds generated via the sale of the collection, donations will once again be accepted for St. Jude from HSN customers via phone, online and HSN mobile. HSN customers have generously donated approximately $3,000,000 in support of St. Jude since HSN began its annual campaign in 2005.