Marlo Thomas Throws a 50th-Birthday Boat Party for Her First Mate, Phil Donahue
updated 01/13/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/13/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST
So sang Mario Thomas to agog hubbie Phil Donahue and 150 guests at his—surprise!—50th-birthday party. The unsuspecting but unsinkable Donahue showed up in a beige suit and loafers for the black-tie festivities, held aboard a chartered 165-foot yacht cruising New York's frigid Hudson River. Donning a sailor's jacket, Phil table-hopped nonstop. "If you take away Phil's microphone," explains Mario, "you have to give him a boat captain's coat. He likes running the ship."
Guests dined on salmon, veal and tortellini, danced to the Denny La Rue band and listened as Phil harmonized with his favorite barbershop quartet, Grandma's Boys from Chicago. All agreed the bash was a smash, including the birthday guy. Says Marlo: "He's a pretty good sport about turning 50."