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Induction Category & YearArts and Entertainment 1992
Home TownSioux Falls, SD
BirthNovember 8, 1951
Madison, SD

   Mary Hart
Champion of Excellence

Legends Bio
 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.
Glossary
accomplishments a remarkable or successful achievement
achievement something that somebody has succeeded in doing, usually with effort
affiliate a group that is closely connected with a larger group
charitable generous to people in need
competition an activity in which people try to win something or do better than others
correspondent somebody employed by a news organization to provide reports from a particular place or on a particular subject
enthusiastic showing strong interest in something
experience skill or knowledge gained by involvement in an activity or exposure to events or people over a period of time
recognition something given or awarded as a symbol of acknowledgement or gratitude
reigned to have held power or authority, such as the rule of a king or queen
Activities
Extended Activities

Reread the biography about Mary Hart. Pick out some key words and ideas to create a Crossword Puzzle about Mary. Print copies and share with your classmates.

Common Core Standards 4.RI.1 (ELA) • 4.l.6 (ELA)

SD Standards

Mary has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Create your own school or community “Walk of Fame” to recognize someone for their hard work or community service. On poster board create and post his/her star with a short description of what he/she did outside your classroom.

Common Core Standards 4.RI.2 (ELA) • 4.RI.3 (ELA) • 4.RI.9 (ELA) • 4.W.1 (ELA)

SD Standards

With a partner, pretend that one of you is a famous celebrity and the other is a reporter. Prepare five questions ahead of time to ask and then interview your famous celebrity. Take a look at the celebrity interviews at Time for Kids to get ideas for interesting interview questions. Switch roles and repeat.When you are finished taking notes, spend time summarizing your interview into a short report that can be shared with the class.

Common Core Standards 4.RI.2 (ELA) • 4.RI.3 (ELA) • 4.RI.9 (ELA) • 4.W.1 (ELA)

SD Standards

On Entertainment Tonight, Mary interviewed many celebrities. Who is a celebrity in your hometown? Could it be the mayor, a high school football star, the principal, or a state representative? Brainstorm with your class some interesting interview questions. You might also check out some of the suggestions at Shout Out. Set up a phone or in-p.2 erson interview with one of these people and then write a summary of the interview. Rehearse reading your summary out loud. Videotape the summary of your interview to share with an audience.

Common Core Standards 4.RI. 2 (ELA) • 4.W.2 (ELA) • 4.W.1 (ELA) • 4.RF.4 (ELA)

SD Standards

Write a poem about Mary Hart. Try “Yes, That’s Me” or another form you like at Instant Poetry Forms.

Common Core Standards 4.W.9 (ELA) • 4.RL.5 (ELA) • 4.L.5 (ELA)

SD Standards

Mary hosted the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Does your community have a local parade? On a community map mark the parade route and calculate the distance of the route. If you don’t have a local parade, create a route of your own and calculate the distance.

Common Core Standards 4.OA.3 (Math) • SMP 1, 2 , 5 (Math)

SD Standards

The 2013 theme of the Tournament of Roses Parade is Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Check out the parade website to find the current theme. Create a float to represent our state. Try using South Dakota products or symbols to decorate your float. Have a class or school parade with your floats.

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SD Standards

As an ET correspondent, Mary had to use a microphone. Learn more about how a microphone works at Ask a Scientist! Try creating your own microphone at Working Microphone Craft or Science Project for Kids.

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