Mary Hart | Biography

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  • Full Name Mary Hart
  • Occupation TV Host, Actress, Voice Actress
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace South Dakota, USA
  • Birth Date Nov 08, 1950
  • Age 73 Years, 5 Months
Host of the television program 'Entertainment Tonight'

Mary Hart | Biography

Mary Hart won the title of Miss South Dakota in 1970

During her television career, Hart became famous for her shapely legs. Her legs led her to an endorsement contract with clothing brand Hanes’ pantyhose line in 1987. Her legs were also insured by Lloyd’s of London for $1 million each.

Mary Hart is an American television personality. She is known for being the long-running host of Entertainment Tonight, a syndicated entertainment newsmagazine television program. Hart co-hosted the program from 1982 to 2011.

Who is Mary Hart?

Mary Hart is a television personality and actress who grew up in Denmark and Sweden in her childhood and teenage years. In 1968, Hart graduated from Augustana Academy, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The following year, she became Miss Sioux Falls and also won the swimsuit competition.

In 1970, she won the title of Miss South Dakota. She then competed in the 1970 Miss America pageant and finished Top 10. Two years later, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in English from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

After graduation, she taught English at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for two years. 

While working as a high school teacher, Hart began hosting a local cable show. In 1975, she started working on television full-time at WMT-TV (now KGAN) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The following year, she relocated to Oklahoma City and joined KTVY (now KFOR-TV), where she co-hosted a show called Dannysday from 1976 to 1979, with local television personality Danny Williams. 

In late 1981, Hart joined as a co-host of the NBC national morning variety show, The Regis Philbin Show. However, the show was canceled after a four-month run. 

After that, Hart was hired as a correspondent for the syndicated news program show Entertainment Tonight on 24 June 1982. Within four months, she began co-hosting the show alongside Ron Hendren. Hart later co-hosted the show with Robb Weller, John Tesh, Bob Goen, and Mark Stines. After co-hosting the show for 29 years, she left Entertainment Tonight in May 2011. The episode of the show, in which she last appeared, was aired on 20 May 2011.

During her television career, Hart became famous for her shapely legs. Her legs led her to an endorsement contract with clothing brand Hanes’ pantyhose line in 1987. Her legs were also insured by Lloyd’s of London for $1 million each.

In addition to her television career, Hart appeared in multiple television series and movies. She debuted her acting career in a guest-starring role as newscaster Betty Howard in the television series Days of Our Lives in 1980. Between 1985 and 2016, she appeared in numerous television series, including MoonlightingThe Famous Teddy ZCosbyJAG, and Baby Daddy. Her on-screen appearances include films like Marci X (2003), The Great Buck Howard (2008), and Swing Vote (2008). 

Hart has also lent her voice in the film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001) and television series such as Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child in 1999, Family Guy in 2011, and Fairly OddParents, between 2005 and 2011.

How old is Mary Hart?

Mary Johanna Harum was born on 8 November 1950 in Madison, South Dakota, to Dorothy and Robert Harum. Hart is 71 years old as of 2021. 


Hart is married twice. She was first married to mechanical and electrical engineer Terry Hart from 1972 until their divorce in 1979. 

In 1985, she met film and television producer Burt Sugarman on a plane while traveling to Las Vegas. They eventually started dating. After four years of being together, Sugarman proposed to her on Valentine’s Day. The couple finally married in 1989. They have one child, a son named Alec Jay Sugarman, born in 1991. 

Sugerman is best known for producing the NBC late-night musical variety show The Midnight Special (1972-1981). He produced other television shows like The Wizard of Odds in 1973, Celebrity Sweepstakes in 1974, The Richard Pryor Show in 1977, and Whew! from 1979 to 1980. 

He also produced films like The Manipulator (1971), Kiss Me Goodbye (1982), Extremities (1986), and Children of a Lesser God (1986).

Net Worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Hart has a combined net worth of $100 million with her husband.

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