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Mary Hart

January 1, 2019

2004 – Los Angeles, California

This year, Mary Hart begins her 22nd season as anchor of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, the #1 syndicated entertainment newsmagazine in the world. Hart joined ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT in 1982 and within weeks was named co-host. Born in South Dakota, Mary attended Augustana College and began her career simultaneously hosting a local cable show and teaching high school English in Sioux Falls. In 1981, she moved to Los Angeles, and became the host of the popular “PM Magazine.” She impressed the NBC brass so much that they hired her to co-host, “The Regis Philbin Show.” Soon after that series ended she was tapped for ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT where she continues to define entertainment journalism to this day. Last year, American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT) honored Mary with the Gracie Allen Award which recognizes those responsible for “exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of broadcasting and electronic media.” Hart is a member of the Broadcasting & Cable “Hall of Fame” and is a recipient of the AWRT’s 1998 Silver Satellite Award for outstanding accomplishments in electronic communications. She recently was presented with the Samaritan Award by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) for her work on behalf of several children’s charities. She is an ambassador for Childhelp USA, has served on the board of directors for the National Childhood Cancer Foundation; and continues her affiliation with the Children’s Miracle Network, for which she served as telethon co-host for 15 years. She has also been honored with the first-ever Children’s Miracle Achievement Award for her “long-standing commitment to children and contributing in many way to bettering the lives of children everywhere.” Mary Hart and her husband, businessman Burt Sugarman, live in Los Angeles with their son.