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Also Known As: Mary Johanna Harum Died:
Born: November 8, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Madison, South Dakota, USA Profession: TV host, entertainment anchor, singer, producer, dancer, actor, songwriter, high school English teacher

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As one of the anchors of "Entertainment Tonight", the long-running syndicated daily show business news and gossip program, Mary Hart has delivered the day's top stories with a relaxed charm and Midwestern perkiness that audiences have found appealing. A finalist in the 1970 Miss America Pageant, Hart was born in Sioux Falls, SD and raised in the USA and Europe. She attended boarding schools and college in South Dakota. After representing her home state as Miss South Dakota, she taught high-school English before trying her hand at showbiz. Relocating to Iowa, she entered broadcasting with a public-service radio and TV program. By 1976, this genial blonde had moved to Oklahoma City, where she served as a producer and host on a popular morning interview show. Tapped to host the L.A. edition of "P.M. Magazine" in 1979, Hart moved West. Three years later, Regis Philbin selected her to co-host his NBC show. Within a year, Hart was behind the desk at "Entertainment Tonight". In addition to her duties as host and interviewer on "ET", Hart has developed a secondary career as a singer-dancer, performing in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and other venues. She performed for President and Mrs. Bush at the White House...

As one of the anchors of "Entertainment Tonight", the long-running syndicated daily show business news and gossip program, Mary Hart has delivered the day's top stories with a relaxed charm and Midwestern perkiness that audiences have found appealing.

A finalist in the 1970 Miss America Pageant, Hart was born in Sioux Falls, SD and raised in the USA and Europe. She attended boarding schools and college in South Dakota. After representing her home state as Miss South Dakota, she taught high-school English before trying her hand at showbiz. Relocating to Iowa, she entered broadcasting with a public-service radio and TV program. By 1976, this genial blonde had moved to Oklahoma City, where she served as a producer and host on a popular morning interview show. Tapped to host the L.A. edition of "P.M. Magazine" in 1979, Hart moved West. Three years later, Regis Philbin selected her to co-host his NBC show. Within a year, Hart was behind the desk at "Entertainment Tonight".

In addition to her duties as host and interviewer on "ET", Hart has developed a secondary career as a singer-dancer, performing in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and other venues. She performed for President and Mrs. Bush at the White House and has been actively involved in numerous charitable functions, notably the Children's Miracle Crusade. Since 1989, she has been married to executive and businessman Burt Sugarman.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Swing Vote (2008)
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 Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001) Voice Of Newscaster
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 Love Affair (1994) Herself
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 John Ritter Remembered (2003) Correspondent
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 Intimate Portrait: Lynda Carter (2000) Narration
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1970:
Won title of Miss South Dakota; participated in and was a top 10 finalist at the Miss America Pageant
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After college, taught high school English
1974:
Moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa; got started in TV by developing a public service program broadcast on radio and TV
1975:
Produced and co-hosted the locally-produced morning interview program "Danny's Day" in Oklahoma City
1979:
Moved to Los Angeles to co-host the local edition of "PM Magazine"
1981:
Chosen by Regis Philbin to co-host the NBC talk and information show, "The Regis Philbin Show"; show cancelled after four months
1982:
Joined the syndicated program "Entertainment Tonight" as a reporter; shortly thereafter elevated to co-host
1984:
Participated in the Olympic torch relay, carrying the torch for one kilometer en route to Los Angeles
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Hosted the Tournament of Roses Parade
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Debuted a Las Vegas nightclub act
1987:
Co-hosted the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for NBC
1989:
Was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May in coincidence with the 2000th episode of "Entertainment Tonight"
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Invited by President George Bush to sing at the White House for the annual President's dinner; also performed at the first anniversary of his inauguration
1990:
Released the exercise videos "Shape Up With Mary Hart" and "Mary Hart - Fit and Firm"
1993:
Lent her voice to the ABC animated film "Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby"
2001:
Voiced a newscaster in the animated feature, "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius"
2003:
Made a cameo in the comedy "Marci X," starring Lisa Kudrow
2008:
Appeared as the host of "Entertainment Tonight" in the comedy "An American Carol"
2010:
Announced she was leaving "Entertainment Tonight" (CBS) after 29 years with the show
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Education

Augustana Academy: Sioux Falls , South Dakota -
Augustana College: Sioux Falls , South Dakota - 1969 - 1973

Notes

"Mary Hart is the most competitive person I know. She's addicted to success." Linda Bell Blue, a producer on "Entertainment Tonight" quoted in a September 2000 A&E "Biography" profile.

With actress Deidre Hall and producer Cheri Ingram, Hart owned a production company with specialized in video resumes for actors and on-air personalities.

One of the oddities among news stories in 1992 was the revelation that Mary Hart's voice literally made at least one TV viewer ill. As it turns out, Hart's voice has just the right pitch and timber to trigger a woman's epileptic fits. Hart herself took the news with great good humor and, as might be expected, all the late-night talk show hosts had a ball with the item. Comic Jerry Seinfeld went so far as to feature a skit based on the story on his series "Seinfeld".

Hart's legs are reportedly insured with Lloyd's of London a la Betty Grable for the amount of $1 million.

"I still love what I do on 'Entertainment Tonight'. Nobody else comes close to the quality of entertainment news that we deliver to the public, a blend of news and show biz pizzazz. I believe in that." --Mary Hart, from press release material for "Entertainment Tonight", 1989.

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husband:
Tery Hart. Married in 1971; divorced in 1979.
husband:
Burt Sugarman. Executive, producer. Met on a Paramount jet; married in April 1989; underwent surgery for a brain tumor.

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father:
Robert Harum. Salesman.
mother:
Dorothy Harum.
brother:
Michael Harum. Professor. Born in 1952; taught linguistics at Cornell; died in a car accident in 1994.
brother:
David Harum. Younger.
son:
A J Sugarman. Born on December 24, 1991; father, Burt Sugarman.
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