Copping A Phil

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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SPOT THE 69-YEAR-OLD Donahue and Thomas, Allison (inset)

• That Phil Donahue is one smart guy. At a party to celebrate the paperback publication of Arianna Huffington's book On Becoming Fearless Friday night, the former talk show host managed to flatter his wife of 27 years by feeling up a much younger woman.

Inescapable freelance writer Julia Allison, 25, was chatting with friends when she felt a hand caressing her lower back. When she turned around in surprise, there was Donahue, who rushed to explain that he'd mistaken her for his 69-year-old spouse, Marlo Thomas. Though an aspiring television personality herself, Allison was apparently not fazed by her run in with a TV legend; as Donahue walked away, she asked, "Who was that guy?"

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