Marlo Thomas is going digital and searching for the Hero Next Door

I have always admired Marlo Thomas for her tireless efforts to sustain and promote St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which was founded by her father, the late Danny Thomas. She is one of my heroes for her support of children who are struggling with life-threatening diseases.

Now Marlo Thomas is going digital.

Join Marlo at the just-launched MarloThomas.com in partnership with AOL — a new site where Marlo will connect with and inspire women, sharing a laugh, and, most importantly, building a community of support so we can all keep dreaming and achieving!

And she wants to hear from you and tell your story – with video series such as  Hero Next Door. Marlo will find and profile amazing women – just like you.  Watch the first feature – about Lu Picard of Torrington, Conn. – and then tell Marlo about a fabulous woman you know.  Nominate a Hero now by emailing heroes@marlothomas.com!

In addition to launching MarloThomas.com, Marlo’s now on social media, too. Follow her Twitter account at @Marlo_Thomas and become a Facebook fan at facebook.com/MarloThomas.

Her active, personal participation on social platforms and her new site provides a great opportunity for two-way communication between Marlo and the community of people she has inspired over the years.

What can you expect from Marlo on MarloThomas.com, Twitter and Facebook?

·         original content – stories, posts, videos, and photos
·         great conversations, laughs and inspiration
·         observations on popular culture and news
·         entertaining clips of “Free to Be You and Me” and “That Girl”
·         galleries of celebrity images
·         family photos
·         …and a lot more

You can also subscribe to Marlo on YouTube at youtube.com/marlothomas to see new videos each week from Marlo where she will give advice, inspiration, laughs, and more.

When asked why she’s going digital, Marlo says the answer is easy. “I want to step out from behind the one-way mirror of television and have a real conversation with women,” says Marlo. “I haven’t stopped dreaming; you shouldn’t either! It’s your turn: What should we talk about together?”

This digital effort coincides with the upcoming release of Marlo’s newest book,  “http://marlothomas.aol.com/2010/08/27/growing-up-laughing/” Growing Up Laughing (available Sept. 28).