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Late Marge Cooney - Former Wife of TV Personality Phil Donahue

Published Fri Jun 11 2021 By Aashika
Late Marge Cooney - Former Wife of TV Personality Phil Donahue

Marge Cooney came into the limelight as the former life Phil Donahue. Her ex-husband is a well-known television personality who has been working as a host, producer, and creator. 

She was born Margaret Cooney in Orange, New Jersey, United State. Cooney became famous for being the wife of Mr. Donahue and made the media and people attracted towards her. 

Let's know more information about her.

Married Life To Divorce 

Marge Cooney met Phil Donahue for the first time at Notre Dame. At that time, Marge was studying at Marquette University from there their relationship started by spending quality time. They graduated in 1957, then got engaged. 

On 1st February 1958, the couple exchanged the vows where they invited their close ones. The pair welcomed five children during their marriage. In 1973, they separated for 10 months and again reconciled. But, the duo spent 4 months together, which didn't work, and finally got divorced in 1975. The custody of four sons was given to Mr. Donahue and a daughter was given to Cooney.  

Marge Cooney's former husband, Phil Donahue.
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Mother of Five Children 

She is the mother of five children with her former spouse. Cooney gave birth to her first child, Michael Donahue in 1959. Then welcomed the second son, Kevin Donahue in 1960, her third son Daniel Donahue in 1961, and James "Jim" Donahue in 1963. In 1965, Marge welcomed only daughter Mary Rose Donahue. They also spend quality time and have maintained close bonding as they are living separately. 

A family picture of Marge Cooney with her ex-husband and five children on their vacation.
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Cause of Death

On 2nd February 2018, Marge Cooney left the world and died at Brandywine at Wall. Their death was kept away from the media and was only informed to her family and close relatives. 

Likewise, in April 2014, her youngest son, James passed away at the age of 51. His cause of death was an aortic aneurysm which is a balloon-like bulge in the aorta. 

Ex-Husband Next Marriage 

After the divorce with Marge Cooney, Phil Donahue moved on in his love life and tied the know with Marlo Thomas. She is a reputed actress, producer, author, and social activist who is better known for playing on the sitcom "That Girl".

On 21st May 1980, the two walked into the aisle. Their marriage has already become 41 years and is still living a happy life. As the couple has not shared any child, but Thomas has always been a mother to her five stepchildren and shares special bonding. 

Phil Donahue with his current wife, Marlo Thomas.
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What Was Her Net Worth?

Cooney had an estimated net worth of $300 thousand which she received from her then-partner as alimony and child support. She was a parishioner of St. Mark's Chruch, Sea Girt. In addition, she was a member of the Spring Lake Golf Club and also a community volunteer with St. Joan of Arc Chruch Boca Raton, Florida. 

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