Mary Hart

Mary Hart
Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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Mary Hart
TV: South side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
TV Host
Born Mary Johanna Harum on Nov. 8, 1950 in Sioux Falls, SD

Mary Hart, one of television's most familiar faces as co-anchor of the syndicated hit “Entertainment Tonight” since 1982, really did have a $2-million Lloyd's of London insurance policy taken out on her shapely legs. It was a short-term publicity stunt, lasting only a day, but it's become part of pop culture legend.

Fans, by the way, loved her famous gams so much that they protested in droves when a set redesign covered them. The “ET” set was quickly redone to correct the problem.

Hart, a former Miss South Dakota and Hanes hosiery endorser, has spent her years on “ET” interviewing members of the Hollywood A-list like Tom Hanks, Paul McCartney and Elizabeth Taylor and the political elite such as Barack and Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and John McCain.

Hart, who also was a Miss America contestant, started her career in local broadcast TV and radio and, for a while, dabbled in acting in Los Angeles with a soap role on “Days of Our Lives.” (It wasn't too much of a stretch; she played a newscaster.) She worked on two national series, “PM Magazine” and “The Regis Philbin Show,” before landing at “ET,” where she quickly moved into the cohost role.

Twisted trivia about Hart includes a report in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1991 that Hart's voice triggered seizures in an epileptic woman, a scenario that was later parodied on “Seinfeld” with Kramer blacking out at the sound of Hart's cheerful voice.

Hart is active in numerous children's charities and is a member of the board of trustees of the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

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