|Talented, respected, and enthusiastic are words that describe nationally known Mary Hart. She was born Mary Johanna Harum on November 8, 1951, in Madison, South Dakota. Mary lived in Sioux Falls, SD, and graduated from Augustana College in 1972. She reigned as Miss South Dakota in 1970 and was one of the top ten runners-up as Miss America. It was during this competition that she was inspired to begin broadcasting when she realized how much she enjoyed being interviewed on television.
While teaching English at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, she hosted a local cable show on KELOland TV. Then Mary moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she added television and radio shows to her experience. In 1976, she became known statewide as the co-host of Dannysday, a noontime talk show on the NBC affiliate. To further her career, she moved to California where she performed in national commercials and hosted PM Magazine. In 1981 she co-hosted The Regis Philbin Show. When the series was canceled a short time later, Mary was interviewed by Entertainment Tonight (ET) about how it felt to be canceled. She was hired as an ET correspondent the day after that interview. Thirteen weeks later she became the co-host with Ron Hendren. She continued as a co-host on Entertainment Tonight for the next 29 years. “I honestly, sincerely love what I do,” Mary said. When she exited the show on May 20, 2011, she broke the Guinness World Record for the “longest serving entertainment news host.” In recognition of her successful career and accomplishments, Hart was honored with a star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame” on Hollywood Boulevard in May 1989. Mary Hart is a talented dancer, singer, and entertainer. She hosted the Tournament of Roses Parade from 1984 to 1989 and was the host for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1987. She received Emmy nominations for both of these. Mary Hart has been the guest-host for other popular talk shows as well. She travels throughout the United States speaking about women’s issues, personal achievement, and positive thinking. Mary is also a supporter for many charitable causes, especially the Children’s Miracle Network.Mary Hart is married to Burt Sugarman, and they have one son, Alec. She is proud to call South Dakota home. Mary attributes her success as a talented entertainer and host to her South Dakota roots. Today Mary continues to speak enthusiastically about personal achievement and positive thinking to reach one’s goals.
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