|As co-host of Paramount Domestic Television’s “Entertainment Tonight”, Mary Hart has become one of the most visible and respected broadcast journalists in her field. She is a two-time Emmy Award nominee, an established entertainer, and a successful businesswoman. In 1970 she was Miss South Dakota and one of the ten runners up for Miss America that year.
She attended high school in South Dakota and is a graduate of Augustana College, Sioux Falls. Upon graduation, she taught English at Washington High School in Sioux Falls for three years. During her teaching years she moonlighted at KELO-TV, where she began her broadcast journalism career.
In 1979, Hart moved to Los Angeles to co-host the local edition of “PM Magazine.” In 1981, Regis Philbin selected her as co-host for NBC’s “Regis Philbin Show.”
A talented singer, dancer and entertainer, Hart has performed in Las Vegas and Atlantic City as well as at such well-known venues as the Valley Forge (PA) and Westbury (NY) Music Fairs. Mary Hart has been honored with the Atlantic City People’s Choice Award for “Best Music Act,” and she is called upon to sing the National Anthem at major sporting events.
In 1989, Hart was invited by President Bush to perform at the White House for the annual President’s Dinner. She also performed for President and Mrs. Bush at the first anniversary of the Inaugural, held at the Kennedy Center, and hosted the acclaimed Simon Wisenthal Award Gala in Beverly Hills.
In recognition of her accomplished and multifaceted career, Hart was honored with a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s “Walk of Fame” in May 1989. From 1984 to 1989, she hosted Metromedia’s live international coverage of the Tournament of Roses Parade, receiving an Emmy nomination for her work. In 1987, she hosted the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which earned her another Emmy nomination.
Mary Hart has guest hosted “Hour Magazine” and “Good Morning America.” Outside of her television work, she travels the United States addressing such subjects as women’s issues, personal achievement and positive thinking in front of community, convention, and corporate audiences of all kinds. She has also been a crusader for numerous charitable causes, most notably the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon.
In 1989, Hart released her first exercise video in conjunction with Avon Video Enterprises. “Shape Up with Mary Hart” went platinum within its first three weeks of release, and was named one of the Top Ten home videos of 1989. Hart has also hosted and served as executive-producer for two television interview specials, “Mary Hart Presents: Love in the Public Eye” and “Mary Hart Presents: Power in the Public Eye.”