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Thomas Family Legacy

  One of nine children born to immigrant parents, Danny Thomas entered the world during a blizzard in Deerfield, Mich., on Jan. 6, 1912. He began to help support the family at age 10 by selling newspapers, and at 11 he became a candy maker in a burlesque theater, a job he held for seven years.

Danny saved enough from jobs as a bus boy, punch-press operator's assistant, and a lumber yard watchman to buy a couple of suits and several pairs of shoes so he could go to Detroit to look for a job in show business. One of his first jobs in Detroit was that of a singer on a radio show called "The Happy Hour Club."

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  Thomas Children
From left to right, Terre, Tony, and Marlo

Terre Tony Marlo
Terre Thomas is the second daughter of St. Jude founder, Danny Thomas. She actively serves on the
ALSAC/St. Jude Boards of Directors and Governors, and spearheads family efforts with the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® radiothon program. Ms. Thomas has been a spokesperson for the hospital before many groups across the nation including ESA International, a volunteer service organization working to make a positive difference locally, nationally and internationally.

Ms. Thomas is an accomplished singer-songwriter. She made her professional debut at The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, played Harrah's Club in Lake Tahoe, sang on "The Tonight Show" and made a series of television commercials. Ms. Thomas appears across the country for the Country Cares radiothons, started by Randy Owen of the group ALABAMA.

Tony Thomas, the only son of Danny Thomas, is a member of the ALSAC/St. Jude Boards of Directors and Governors and is actively involved in fund-raising efforts for
St. Jude. Thomas plays a major role in organizing the
St. Jude Hollywood Gala in Los Angeles, which raises $1 million a year for St. Jude and attracts many of Hollywood's brightest stars. He also appears at the FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic each year.

Formerly a partner in Witt-Thomas Productions and Witt-Thomas-Harris Productions, Thomas is one of Hollywood's most successful television producers. Thomas and his partners were responsible for many top television series, including "Soap," "Benson," "The Golden Girls," "Empty Nest," "The John Larroquette Show" and "Brotherly Love." Thomas and Witt also produced the feature film "Dead Poet's Society," a Touchstone Pictures release that met with resounding critical success and captured an Oscar for Best Screenplay.

Actress, producer and social activist, Marlo Thomas has for three decades been a role model for women and children. Ms. Thomas blazed the trail as television's first single woman living alone in the hit series "That Girl" and has since produced numerous inspiring projects such as the beloved television special, book and record "Free to Be…You and Me." Ms. Thomas has appeared in several Broadway productions, television films and features films, and has made guest appearances on hit television shows such as "Friends" and "Ally McBeal." Ms. Thomas stars this season in the CBS movie of the week "Two Against Time."

Over the course of her ground-breaking career, Ms. Thomas has received four Emmys, nine Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe, the George Foster Peabody Award for Television Excellence, the Helen Caldicott Award for Nuclear Disarmament and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for exceptional humanitarian efforts and outstanding contributions to our country.

The eldest child of Danny Thomas, Marlo Thomas proudly serves as the National Outreach Director of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and hosts "Time to Live," the hour-long television special that documents the life-saving work of St. Jude.