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Maria Menounos is an American actress, journalist, and producer. She worked as a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. In 1995, she is crowned with Miss Massachusetts Teen USA. In addition, she is an author as well as a wrestler.

  • June 8, 1978
  • 5 feet 8 inches
  • $7 million
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Personal and Family Life

Menounos was born on June 8, 1978, in Medford, Massachusetts, the United States to Costas and Litsa who were from Greek. Both of her parents worked as gatekeepers in a Boston nightclub. She has a younger brother named Peter. She also used to sing choir in Greek Orthodox Church from her school to college. She attended Medford High School in Medford, Massachusetts. In 2000, she graduated from Emerson College in Boston and also involved in the association Emerson Independent Video.

Since 1998, she has been dating Keven Undergaro, director, and producer. Undergaro proposed her on March 9, 2016, in the live program The Howard Stern Show. Eventually, the couple got engaged but is to get married. She is also executive producer of their online media AfterBuzz TV where she left for her surgery of brain tumor.

At the age of 17, she got the title of Miss Massachusetts Teen USA and also participated in Miss Teen USA where she was ranked 15th, in beauty pageants. Later, in 2000, she again contended for the crown of Miss Massachusetts USA where she came as first runner-up.

 

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Lifestyle and Measurements

The occasional wrestler, Menounos, has got magnificent look and body measurements of 36-24-36 inches. She looks appealing in any sort of attire standing tall with the height of 5 feet 8 inches. Her curvy figure weighs 59 kilos reflecting all her exquisiteness perfectly. Her well-toned body and long legs have won the heart of million. She loves traveling, writing, cooking and work outs. She works for street animals and adopts them too. Her photography is awesome and sense of fashion is something marvelous.

 

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Professional Career

Menounos became a producer of In the Land of Merry Misfits directed by Keven Undergaro. But the film’s negative was stole and the project remained uncompleted. Fortunately, Channel One News hired her considering her sincerity for her work. In 2005, she personally invested for the film which was premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2007.

As a reporter for Channel One News, she traveled to El Salvador for the coverage of 2001 El Salvador earthquakes. During the military alliance’s Operation Eagle Assist, she became interviewed the NATO aircrew member abroad an E-3 AWACS plane also, interviewed the then president of United states George W. Bush.

She served for the program Entertainment Tonight as a correspondent. Later, she quit the show to focus on her acting career. She joined Access Hollywood as a correspondent and became the co-anchor of the Today at the end of 2006 and in April 2007 for few episodes. She also appeared in Punk’d where she was among various celebrities who grabbed in discomfiting ‘Red Carpet Interviews’ on 30 November 2003.

She has appeared in numerous TV series starting from the year 2004 with One on One in the role of Glenda, One Tree Hill (2004-2005) as Emily. Later, she appeared in several others such as Scrubs, Entourage, Knight Rider, Sesame Street, The Mindy Project, Nashville, Bar Rescue, and Chasing Maria Menounos, which was her own reality TV series premiered on the Oxygen Network.

She has worked as a voice artist for Electronic Arts, a video game in 2005, as Eva Adara for James Bond 007: From Russia with Love, Red Grant’s henchwoman. She is engaged with Pantene hair products as its spokesperson plus print ads for New York & Company and became an anchor for 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens. She produced as well as performed in Adventures of Serial Buddies and directed Longtime Listener casting Wilmer Valderrama which was officially selected by Tribeca Film Festival 2006.

She has also appeared as host for Clash of the Choirs from 17-20 December 2007 including others shows such as Planet Green network’s Hollywood Green, Funny or Die Presents, MTV’s The Real World as well as The Challenge etc. She made a guest appearance in the movies such as Tropic Thunder (2008), Adventures of Serial Buddies as Katelyn (2011), Entourage (2015).

Moreover, Menounos also participated in various reality shows including AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open in 2008. The same year, she worked as fill-in host of Dogcatemy Celebrity Gala for North Shore Animal League due to a poor health condition of Richard Belzer. In 2011, she became co-host of Extra for Warner Bros along with Mario Lopez and worked for Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers. She produced her new interview show Conversation with Maria Menounos in May 2013 making Zoe Saldana her first guest.

In May 2014, she joined E!Entertainment after resigning the show Extra. She also hosted a radio program Conversations with Maria for SiriusXM in 2015 and also replaced Giuliana Rancic for The Hollywood Reporter’s E!News. Later in July 2017, she left E!News after diagnosing a brain tumor.

Additionally, Maria made her debut in wrestler’s world as a guest host of WWE Raw on October 12, 2009, along with Nancy O’Dell. At the same night, she came to the ring in a six diva tag team playoffs along with Gail Kim and Kelly Kelly where they defeated Alicia Fox, Beth Phoenix and Rosa Mendes. In the match WWE Tribute to the Troops on 11 December 2011, Maria team won over The Bella Twins and The Divas of Doom.

Her ribs were cracked through the practice session of Dancing with the Stars despite that she and Kelly beat WWE Divas Champion Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres in WrestleMania XXVII on April 1, 2012. She introduced Bob Backlund at Madison on 6 April 2013. In the Summerslam Axxess in 2013, Maria along with Natalya succeeded defeating Brie Bella and Exa Marie.

She also dared to Stephanie McMahon for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the SummerSlam pay-per-view on 17 August 2014. Since 2014-17, she became the host for WWE Hall of Fame and also a backstage interviewer for WrestleMania 31, WrestleMania 32, WrestleMania 33 and SummerSlam. She is also an author for the EVERYGIRL’S GUIDE book series which is about cooking, fitness and life hacks for girls.

 

Awards and Contribution

Menounos has won Daytime Emmy Award for her contribution on Extra in the category of Outstanding Entertainment News Program. She owned ‘Cyber Vixen of the Year’, a video game awards, on Spike TV conquering over Jessica Alba and Charlize Theron. She has also won the Madden NFL Pro-AM MVP award in 2010.In 2004, her name was published in magazines like FHM and People in the list of 50 Most Beautiful People. Besides that, she has been nominated and honored by several awards.

Furthermore, Menounos has established Take Action Hollywood, a charity for AIDS suffering people after her visit to South Africa. In April 2010, she has participated in Climate Rally of Barth Day Network in Washington. She formed Cosmo Girl Cup, an annual national competition where the award is given to teens who contribute to society for development.

 

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