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