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.