Marlo Thomas and popular daytime talk show host Phil Donahue tell Closer Weekly that after 35 years of marriage, it just keeps getting better!

“We’re in love and we listen to each other,” Marlo tells Closer. “I just think it gets better.”

Marlo, who met her husband Phil as a guest on his talk show in 1977, tells the magazine how they keep the magic alive after 35 years. “The secret to our relationship is we do a lot of stuff by ourselves. We look forward to being together just the two of us, and having our alone time.” And “we like to travel together,” she notes.

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Phil and Marlo in April 1979.

“At airports, [fans] knock me over [saying], ‘We love That Girl!’” jokes Phil, 79.

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“For many, love really is better the second time around, but for me, the first time has been just fine,” Marlo adds.

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