She was the most beautiful woman in the world and considered the ultimate diva for years, but for almost 3 years she has chosen to step out of the spotlight.

Born 1937 in Detroit, Michigan, American actress Marlo Thomas appeared in many television programs including BonanzaMcHale’s NavyBen CaseyArrest and TrialThe Joey Bishop ShowThe Many Loves of Dobie GillisMy Favorite Martian77 Sunset Strip, and The Donna Reed Show, among others. Her big break came in 1965 when she was cast by Mike Nichols in the London production of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, co-starring Daniel Massey, Kurt Kasznar, and Mildred Natwick.

Thomas is best known for starring on the sitcom That Girl (1966–1971) and her children’s franchise Free to Be… You and Me. She has received three Primetime Emmy Awards, a Daytime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Peabody Award for her work in television, has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.

Thomas has also received a Grammy Award for her children’s album Marlo Thomas and Friends: Thanks & Giving All Year Long. In 2014, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Marlo Thomas in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Thomas serves as National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which was founded by her father Danny Thomas in 1962. She created the Thanks & Giving campaign in 2004 to support the hospital.

She was so beautiful back then.

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