Marlo Thomas: It Ain’t Over! Interview & Signed Book Giveaway.

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By Lily Doe

Before Mary Tyler Moore was making it after all and turning the world on with her smile; Marlo Thomas had us laughing at the predicaments of aspiring actress, Ann Marie, in That Girl. A groundbreaking role, as That Girl was one of the first shows to focus on a single woman juggling life and love while she pursued a career.

At 76, it’s evident that Marlo has lived her life’s passions. With too many accomplishments to list, Marlo is known as a successful actress, author, producer, a founder of the Ms. Foundation For Women, creator of the award winning children series Free To Be… You and Me, and continuing her late father’s work by serving as National Outreach Director of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In addition to hosting the popular internet talk show, Mondays With Marlo, she has a new book: It Ain’t Over . . . Till It’s Over:Reinventing Your Life–and Realizing Your Dreams–Anytime, at Any Age.

It Ain’t Over . . . Till It’s Over tells the individual success stories of 60 women who chose to pursue their dream.

I was fortunate enough to participate in a group interview with the absolutely marvelous Marlo Thomas.

Marlo speaks to women who believe it is too late to have that something they never got. She searched locally and reached out through social media asking if anyone wanted to start over, wanted advice or was willing to share their story.

During the interview, her voice sparked with energy as she talked of the women she had met. Be they young or old, the common theme across the generations was that they all felt stuck. She also did away with the notion that only those with money or degrees can make a life change. Most of the women started with nothing.

Marlo has a sign over her computer with the quote “Never face the facts; if you do, you’ll never get up in the morning.” She believes it’s better to make your own facts.

One of her favorite things about the book is there are 60 stories that can be viewed at as a road map. “You can look at these women and make your dreams come true”. That’s a hard sell for me, but this is Marlo, so I believe her. I do know I will be uplifted reading about these women who worked and found a way.

A review of It Ain’t Over will soon be posted with more of the interview with Marlo, including what she considers to be her biggest imperfection.

 

It Ain’t Over . . . Till It’s Over

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“It Ain’t Over . . . Till It’s Over introduces us to sixty amazing women who are proving that it’s never too late to live out a dream – to launch a business, travel the world, get a PhD, indulge a creative impulse, make a family recipe famous, escape danger, find love, or fill a void in life with a challenging new experience. Meet a graphic artist who fulfilled a childhood ambition by going to med school at age forty-two; a suburban mom whose innovative snack recipe for her daughter’s lunchbox turned into a multimillion-dollar business; a private-practice psychiatrist who convinced her husband that they should quit their jobs and take off on an exciting, open-ended, cross-country adventure – in a giant bus, no less!; and a middle-aged English teacher who, devastated to discover that her husband was cheating on her, refused to be a victim, filed for divorce, and began the challenging journey of rebuilding her life.”

Get your copy today on Amazon!

Be sure and Follow Marlo on Twitter and Like her on Facebook!

Giveaway

One very lucky reader will be chosen to receive a signed copy of It Ain’t Over . . . Till It’s Over!

To enter, just leave a comment below sharing something about your life’s passions or dreams or a memory of Marlo Thomas!

Lily Doe has written for ImperfectWomen.com since 2009. She has never been shy about sharing her opinion and enjoys writing on a variety of topics. Her life’s focus is sharing good times with family and friends.

Disclosure:Imperfect Women was not compensated for this post.  No purchase is necessary to enter. US only and must be 18 or older. Giveaway closes on 5/14/14 at 11:59 pm Eastern time. Winner will be chosen by random.org. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received.  The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest.

Update: 5/17/14 ~ Congratulations to Kimberly Thomas – she won the signed copy of “It Ain’t Over!” Enjoy!


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Comments

  1. says

    Virginia, what a wonderful dream!

    I loved That Girl!

    Marlo Thomas is 76. That had to sink in for a bit. i like the message, “It’s ot over til its over.” I have a saying, too:
    “If you were too old to change you’d be dead. No excuses.”

  2. Deborah says

    What a fab lady.
    She is beautiful.
    Life has thrown her some nasty curves but she never let them own her.

    Great post Lily!

  3. says

    I have always admired Ms Thomas’s support for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. And I have thought, when I heard about here, that I’d like to know more. Her book sounds like one I would like to read and I know my mom will.

  4. says

    I have heard about Ms Thomas’s book and been looking forward to it. I admire her years of support for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. This book is bound to be an encouragement for many women.

  5. says

    I can see what she means about the road map in the sense that it would inspire you to go for your own dreams after reading all the stories. It sounds truly motivating.

  6. Gail says

    Marlo has always been such an inspirational woman… But now she is a real guru in my eyes. Can’t wait to read the book. My life has been rollercoaster … But now at 60 plus I have eventually found real happiness in myself and I think true love. The best is yet to come!!!

  7. says

    First of all, she looks amazing for 76! I love Marlo Thomas. I had a student who spent time at St. Jude and I will forever be in debt to those who support it. This book sounds very motivating. I can’t wait to read it!

  8. Anya@IW says

    Marlo Thomas is beautiful inside and out. I remember watching re-runs of “That Girl.” I have an even stronger memory of “Free to Be You and Me.” For some reason, I never heard the record, but I read and (re-read!) the book many times as a young girl. I feel fortunate to have grown up in a time when a book such as this was available to girls.

    I can’t wait to read more of the interview and read a review of the book!

  9. says

    I remember seeing “That Girl” as a child and wanting to live and work in the city as I looked for a husband. I also would like to read Mrs.Thomas’s book.

  10. says

    I remember my mom watching her in “That Girl” when I was young. Wasn’t familiar with her current work so I appreciate the update!

  11. says

    I was maybe in 5th grade(?) when Mother, my sisters and me would make a bowl of popcorn and ALL watch “That Girl”! We enjoyed the show very much. In years to come I’d watch reruns after school :) <3 Love you Marlo! I even married a Lebanese boy! Your Dad was a hero in Lebanon!

  12. says

    This was very inspirational!! Man – she looks awesome!! Fingers crossed I can look that good too when I am even close to her age!! :)

  13. says

    She has definitely accomplished a lot, very impressive. Sadly I have no idea who she is, I really do not watch television often and if I do I am distracted with other things and not paying attention.

  14. says

    I really like Marlo’s perspective. So many people age in life and become complacent. There is still so much life to be lived in your later years. I think she is a great example.

  15. Kimberley Thomas says

    I grew up in the “That Girl” generation and I have always loved Marlo. I married a Thomas !She has grown into a mentor with all her great advice and wisdom. She has a wonderful soul and I would love read the book!

  16. says

    This book sounds awesome. Definitely words to live by. I wish more people would embrace the “It Ain’t Over” mentality and be more open to life!

  17. says

    Marlo Thomas is awesome! She has done a lot for so many people, and continues to do it when others her age are relaxing at the beach. She is definitely an inspiration, and she looks fabulous to boot.

  18. MsGoody2Shoes says

    It ain’t over until the fat lady sings.

    I love Marlo Thomas’ spirit and she’s an inspiration to women of all ages.

  19. Nicole Newman says

    I grew up watching That Girl. Marlow Thomas was inspirational. I wanted my own apartment and my own Donald. Lol I would love this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  20. lisa says

    I grew up watching that girl. I liked the episode where her dad made a cameo appearance as a priest. I still catch re-runs when I can.

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