• Born Mary Johanna Harum in Madison, South Dakota, USA
• Miss South Dakota in 1970 and semi-finalist at the 1971 Miss America pageant
• Host of “Entertainment Tonight” from 1982 until 2011
• Married to Burt Sugarman since 1989 and has a son, Alec “AJ” Sugarman
• Supports numerous charities and is an avid fan of the LA Dodgers

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthNovember 8, 1950
SpouseBurt Sugarman (m. 1989), Terry Hart (m. 1972–1979)
FactCompeted in the 1970 Miss America pageant, and finished in the Top 10.
PaymentsEarned $5,000,000 /year(2001) from Entertainment Tonight (1981)

Who is Mary Hart?

Born Mary Johanna Harum on the 8th November 1950, in Madison, South Dakota USA, she is a television personality, best known to the world as the long-running host of the popular talk TV show “Entertainment Tonight”, having served in the position from 1982 until 2011. She has worked on several other projects, but the position of a host of “Entertainment Tonight” has been the hallmark of her career.

Mary Hart Wiki: Early Life, Family, and Education

The only daughter born to Dorothy and Robert Harum, she has two brothers, David and Michael. Mary spent her first few years in South Dakota, but would later move to Denmark with her family, which resulted in her becoming fluent in the Danish and Swedish languages. She went to Augustana Academy, and after matriculation enrolled at Augustana College, from which she graduated in 1972. During her studies, Mary was crowned Miss South Dakota in the 1970, and in the 1971 Miss America pageant, Mary reached the semi-finals but failed to make a bigger impact.

Career Beginnings

Before she became a prominent TV personality, Mary found a spot for herself at Washington High School, teaching English for two years, but concurrently also worked at KSFY-TV, a local NBC affiliate station on which she had her own talk show. She left the high school job and fully-focused on her television career, with her next stop being WMT-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but soon joined KMTV, located in Omaha, Nebraska. Looking to move further, Mary left for Oklahoma City, where she found a place at KTVY, which is now KFOR-TV, working with Danny Williams, on the show “Dannysday”. However, she couldn’t find a suitable job for her skills and needs, and decided to leave journalism and try herself as an actress. With $10,000 in savings, she settled in Westwood, a neighborhood of Los Angeles and started attending auditions. Without formal training, it was hard for Mary to land any notable role, and with just a minor role in the soap opera “Days of Our Lives”, and some appearances in TV commercials, Mary was nearing bankruptcy.
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“Entertainment Tonight”

However, destiny had something completely different for Mary – stardom. She returned to journalism and television in 1980, when she became the co-host of the Los Angeles version of the PM Magazine, after a year becoming a co-host of Regis Philbin’s first national talk show aired on NBC. Although the show was canceled just four months later, Mary was interviewed by “Entertainment Tonight”, and a day later was hired as a correspondent, and within three months was co-hosting the show for the first time with Ron Hendern. She remained on the show until 2011, overseeing the change within co-hosting partners from Hendren to Mark Steines through colleagues John Tesh and Bob Goen, with Mary becoming a national star, and the longest-running host of “ET”.

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Other Projects

In addition, Mary has also worked on other projects, such as singing and dancing at the Las Vegas Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, while also appearing in several TV series and films, such as “An American Carol” and “Swing Vote” both in 2008, while she also voiced the character Fairy Hart in the animated series ‘The Fairly Odd Parents”. Most recently she appeared as herself in the TV series “Baby Daddy” (2015-2016).

Mary Hart Net Worth Today

Although she hasn’t had much success aside from “ET”, Mary has become a prominent personality and has won a number of awards such as the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement award, and been awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, so increasing her wealth. So, have you ever wondered how rich Mary Hart is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Hart’s net worth is as high as $10 million. Pretty impressive don’t you think? However, her wealth isn’t only reflected in money, but also assets; she owns two houses in Montana, one of which is a 7,000 square foot home found on a 160-acre ranch, and the other a home in Palm Desert, California.
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Mary Hart Husband, Children, Affairs, Accidents?

When it comes to her personal life, Mary has been quite open about her life behind the scene; since 1989 she has been married to Burt Sugarman, a film and TV producer, after which she converted to Judaism, and with whom she has a son – Alec “AJ” Sugarman. She was previously married to Terry Hart from 1971 until 1979. Back in 2009, Mary broke her left wrist while at home and in order to cover her bruise and swelling, she wore a variety of slings, brightly colored and designed to match or complement her wardrobe for each show.

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Philanthropic Work

Mary has supported a number of charitable organizations, including New Hospital Building Campaign Committee for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and is the official spokeswoman for Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Initiative, among many other contributions.

Fan of LA Dodgers

Over the years, Mary has become an avid fan of baseball, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers team – she has expressed her support through her performance of the national anthem before the games on several occasions. She is a frequent visitor to home games, and has her own seats in the stands.

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Internet Popularity

Mary hasn’t been a great fan of social media platforms, however, she started using Twitter, on which she now has close to 10,000 followers, but which has remained inactive since she left “Entertainment Tonight”.

General Info

Full NameMary Hart
Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthNovember 8, 1950
Height1.68 m
ProfessionJournalist, Presenter, Voice Actor, Model, Radio producer
EducationAugustana University


SpouseBurt Sugarman (m. 1989), Terry Hart (m. 1972–1979)
ChildrenAlec Jay Sugarman
ParentsDorothy Harum
SiblingsMichael Harum, David Harum


NominationsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program
MoviesAn American Carol, Fairly OddBaby, Marci X, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Love Affair
TV ShowsEntertainment Tonight

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Entertainment Tonight (1981)$5,000,000 /year(2001)


1I really wanted to contact the woman, but I was, I wanted to call her and tell her I was really sorry, but I was afraid I'd kill her. I didn't know what to do." -- Mary's response to reports that the sound of her voices causes a NY woman to have seizures. "I choose to look for the good in people, not the bad. I choose to be trusting rather than untrusting. Choose to look at the negative things that happen as negative things that happen for a good reason, and, um, try always to go back to my roots.


1Starred as co-host in Oklahoma with local radio personality Danny Williams on his daytime show sometime between 1970 and 1975.
2Her legs were insured by Lloyd's of London.
3Godmother of the cruise ship "Marina".
4Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
5Her mother, Dorothy Harum, is a breast cancer survivor.
6Starred in a pilot for a sitcom in the 1980s that failed to be picked up for a series.
7Endorsed L'eggs pantyhose in the late 1980s, and has never worked barelegged or worn open-toe shoes while host of Entertainment Tonight (1981).
8Lived in Sweden from 1962 to 1965.
9Lived in Denmark between 1958 and 1962.
10Joined Entertainment Tonight (1981) on June 24, 1982.
11Has two brothers, Michael and David.
12Speaks Danish and Swedish fluently.
13Graduated from Augustana Academy in Sioux Falls, SD, in 1968.
14Graduated from Augustana College in 1972 with an English degree.
15Miss Sioux Falls 1969, she also won the swimsuit competition.
16Miss South Dakota 1970.
17Competed in the 1970 Miss America pageant, and finished in the Top 10.
18Son, Alec Jay "AJ" Sugarman, was born 24 December 1991.
19In the Seinfeld (1989) episode, Seinfeld: The Good Samaritan (1992), Michael Richards' character, "Kramer", suffers blackouts that are triggered whenever he hears Mary Hart's voice anchoring her TV show, Entertainment Tonight (1981). The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the sound of Mary's voice triggers seizures in an epileptic woman from New York.
20Born at 5:54am-CST.




Baby Daddy2015-2016TV SeriesMary Hart
1600 Penn2013TV SeriesMary Hart
The Fairly OddParents2005-2011TV SeriesFairy Hart
Family Guy2011TV SeriesMary Hart
An American Carol2008Entertainment Tonight Host
Swing Vote2008Mary Hart
The Great Buck Howard2008Mary Hart
Still Standing2004TV SeriesMary
Stuck on You2003Mary Hart (uncredited)
Marci X2003Mary Hart
Fillmore!2002TV SeriesMore! Host
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius2001Newscaster (voice)
Frasier2001TV SeriesMary Hart
JAG2000TV SeriesMary Hart
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1999TV SeriesLucy Goosey
Cosby1999TV SeriesMary Hart
Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby1993TV MovieMary Hartstone (voice)
Days of Our Lives1965TV SeriesNewscaster Betty Howard (1980)


Mary Hart Presents Love in the Public Eye1990TV Movie producer


Dolly1988TV Series performer - 1 episode


A Whisper to a Roar2012Documentary special thanks


Entertainment Tonight1982-2016TV SeriesHerself - Host / Herself / Herself - Special Correspondent / ...
The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Fmr Host, Entertainment Tonight
Baby Daddy2014TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Health Report2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Marie2012TV Series documentary
Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament2012TV MovieHerself
Addicted to Fame2012DocumentaryEntertainment Tonight Host
The Early Show2008-2009TV SeriesHerself
Dancing with the Stars2009TV SeriesHerself
Rachael Ray2008TV SeriesHerself
The Red Dress Collection 2007 Fashion Show2008Video documentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2007TV SeriesHerself
The View2007TV SeriesHerself
Broadcasting & Cable Magazine's 16th Annual Hall of Fame Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Honorary Recipient
Live with Kelly and Michael2000-2006TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest Host
All of Us2005TV SeriesHerself
The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Gala Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary with 90 Stars for 90 Years2002TV MovieHerself
The Last Editor2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Making of 'Jimmy Neutron'2001TV Short documentaryHerself
Biography2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Intimate Portrait2000TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Daily Show1999TV SeriesHerself
Most Fascinating Women of 19981998TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch1998TV SeriesHerself
Eddy the Eco-Dog Unleashed1998TV SeriesHerself
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1997TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Most Fascinating Women of 19971997TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHerself
The Most Fascinating Women of 19961996TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995TV SeriesHerself
Amy Grant: Building the House of Love1994Video documentaryHerself
Love Affair1994Herself
Coach1994TV SeriesHerself
Blossom1993TV SeriesHerself
Children's Miracle Network Telethon1990TV MovieHerself - Co-Host
Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1990TV SeriesHerself
Mary Hart Presents: Power in the Public Eye1990TV MovieHerself - host
Mary Hart Presents Love in the Public Eye1990TV MovieHerself - host
The Famous Teddy Z1989TV SeriesHerself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself
Great Circuses of the World1989TV SeriesHerself - Hostess (1989)
Tournament of Roses Parade1989TV MovieHerself - Host
Circus of the Stars #131988TV Special documentary
The Princess Grace Foundation Special Gala Tribute to Cary Grant1988TV MovieHerself
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Dolly1988TV SeriesHerself
Better Homes and Gardens Super Picnic1987TV MovieHerself
All-Star Party for Joan Collins1987TV SpecialHerself
Las Vegas: An All-Star 75th Anniversary1987TV SpecialHerself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1987TV MovieHerself - Host
Sex Symbols; Past, Present and Future1987TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1987TV SeriesHerself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHerself
WrestleMania III1987TV SpecialHerself
Animal Crack-Ups1987TV SeriesHerself
WWF Prime-Time Wrestling1987TV SeriesHerself
Circus of the Stars #111986TV Special documentaryHerself
Fame, Fortune and Romance1986TV SeriesHerself
Regis Philbin's Lifestyles1986TV SeriesHerself
Hour Magazine1986TV SeriesHerself
Circus of the Stars #101985TV Special documentaryHerself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Moonlighting1985TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Wives1985TV Mini-SeriesHerself
Santa Barbara1985TV SeriesHerself
The American Collegiate Talent Search with Bob Hope1985TV MovieHerself - Host
The Regis Philbin Show1982TV SeriesHerself - Hostess
True Life Stories1981TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
Evening Magazine1976TV SeriesHostess (1980-1982)

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2008-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Co-Hostess / Herself - Correspondent / ...
The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment2013Video documentaryHerself
Playboy: The Best of Jenny McCarthy1998Video documentaryHerself
Miss America: Beyond the Crown1994TV Movie documentaryHerself - Miss South Dakota 1970


Won Awards

1989Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 12 May 1989. At 7000 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

1988Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class ProgramMacy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1987)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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