Marge Cooney (Phil Donahue’s ex wife) Obituary/ Children/ Age/ Husband/ Career/ Death & Facts

Marge Cooney
Marge Cooney

Marge Cooney is also known as Margaret Cooney was the first ex-wife of Phil Donahue, an American anchor, author, and producer. The couple was married for a decade and parent five children together.

Marge Cooney Wiki/ Biography

Marge Cooney is not a name from the entertainment industry. She got fame as the ex-wife of Phil Donahue, who is an American media personality, writer, and film producer. He graduated from Marquette University.

Marge Cooney Height/ Weight/ Age

Her height and weight measures are not available. She was born as Margaret Cooney in West Orange, New Jersey, USA, and lived in Chatham, NJ and Boca Raton, FL for 30 years. She was also a summer resident of Sea Girt for 57 years. Marge Cooney’s age is not known as her exact date of birth is not confirmed.

Marge Cooney Net worth

Phil Donahue’s wife was famous for being a celebrity spouse. There are no details available about her profession so we cannot determine her net worth. Phil Donahue’s net worth is estimated to be $ 150 million.

Marge Cooney Boyfriend/ Husband/ Family

Her father and mother’s name is not known. Also, there are no records found about her sibling as well. Some sources have mentioned Jim Cooney as her brother.

Talking about her relationship it started long ago during her college days. Margaret Cooney Donihue’s love story started when she met Phil at college, the duo was college sweethearts.

They met first time at Notre Dame, when Marge was studying at Marquette University. Immediately they started dating each other and shared quality time to enhance their relationship.

Phil Donahue's first wife's picture with him
Phil Donahue’s first wife’s picture with him

In 1957, after graduating Marge got engaged to Phil. On February 1, 1958, the couple tied the knot. Their marriage was a private ceremony only with close friends, family, and relatives. The couple spent the most delightful time in their marital relationship.

Talking about Marge and Phil Donahue’s children, they had five children together. Four sons namely Michael Donahue (born in 1959), Kevin Donahue (born in 1960), Daniel Donahue (born in 1961), and James also known as Jim Donahue (born in 1963). Mary Rose Donahue (born in 1965) was their only daughter.

Marge Cooney's children with her ex-husband Phil Donahue
Marge Cooney’s children with her ex-husband Phil Donahue

However, the marriage was not a happy one. In 1973, the couple decided to part ways. Maggie Cooney moved back to her hometown of Albuquerque with her two kids and rented an apartment there. The other three Phil Donahue kids were left with him.

The duo remained separated for 10 months and then got back together, which was done for the sake of Marge and Phil Donahue’s children. Things didn’t seem to go smooth and hence after 4 months of reconciliation, they separated.

Their divorce took place in 1975. Mary Rose Donahue, daughter of Phil Donahue’s custody was given to Marge Cooney whereas Phil got the custody of his four sons. The couple was married for 17 years.

Phillip Donahue with wife Marlo Thomas
Phillip Donahue with wife Marlo Thomas

Phil Dona moved on in his life after divorce. He married an American Actress Marlo Thomas on 21st May 1980 and is staying in Manhattan, USA. This duo doesn’t have any children so she became the stepmother of Phil’s five kids.

In May 2020 Marlo shared 40 years of marriage anniversary posting a picture on her official Instagram account with husband Phil.

Marlo Thomas celebrating 40th marriage anniversary with husband Phil Donahue
Marlo Thomas celebrating 40th marriage anniversary with husband Phil Donahue

Marlo Thomas had four relations prior to Phil which includes David Geffen in1996, Herb Gardner in 1971, Ron DeBlasio, and Henry Kissinger. She has been active in charity work at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee which was founded in 1962 by her father.

Is Marge Cooney still alive or dead? What happened to Cooney?

Marge Cooney died on Friday, February 2, 2018, at Brandywine at Wall. She was a parishioner at St. Mark’s Church, Sea Girt, and a member of the Spring Lake Golf Club. She was also a member and community volunteer with St. Joan of Arc Church, Boca Raton, FL.

Margaret Cooney Obituary identified her death. Her youngest son James also known as Jim died at the age of 51 due to an aortic aneurysm in April 2014. He used to stay in Honolulu and practiced law.

NameMarge Cooney
Date of BirthNot Known
AgeNot Known
BirthplaceWest Orange, New Jersey, USA
Zodiac SignSagittarius
ReligionRoman Catholic
Net worthNot Known
SchoolNot Known
CollegeMarquette University
HeightNot Known
WeightNot Known
Body MeasurementsNot Known
Eye ColorHazel
Hair ColorGrey
Shoe SizeNot Known
Father NameNot Known
Mother NameNot Known
BrotherJim Cooney
SisterNot Known
BoyfriendPhil Donahue (whom she married in 1958)
Marital StatusDivorced
HusbandPhil Donahue (1958-1975)
ChildrenSons : Michael, Kevin, Daniel and James (Jim)
Daughter : Mary Rose


Marge Cooney was famous for being the spouse of Phil Donahue who was a searching name in the entertainment world. She was not recognized earlier and hence details related to her career are never shared. On the other hand, her ex-husband Phil had a successful career.

Her ex-husband Career

Born on 21st December 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He was the creator of The Phil Donahue Show which was the first talk show where the audience participates.

His career started as a Production Assistant which was later followed by a Program Director, Stringer, and Anchor. During this time he had taken several interviews with famous people. From his broadcasting career, he received 20 Emmy Awards.

Facts/ Trivia

  • She was not a Showbiz personality.
  • Her husband has an estimated net worth of around $ 150 million and she might have got a handsome amount of Alimony after divorce.
  • Marge Cooney was completely out of the limelight and lived a private life.
  • Marge’s brother Jim Cooney came in contact with Phil by virtue of theater and they became good friends. Later he introduced his sister to him.
  • She married Phil in February 1958 at the oldest cathedrals in the US, SanFelipe de Neri, New Mexico.
  • Phil and his second wife Marlo released a book titled ‘What makes a marriage last’ in the year 2020, on their 40th wedding anniversary.
Marlo Thomas released a book titled What makes a marriage last on her 40th anniversary
Marlo Thomas released a book titled What makes a marriage last on her 40th anniversary
  • Unfortunately, Marge’s youngest son James (Jim) died at the age of 51 in 2014.