Maria Menounos is an American actress, journalist, television host and occasional professional wrestler. She is known in the United States for her appearances as a TV correspondent for Today, Access Hollywood, Extra, and abroad for co-hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece.
She was born in Medford, Massachusetts, to Greek immigrant parents Costas and Litsa Menounos. She has a younger brother, Peter.She is fluent in the Greek language. From the age of 13 through 19, she was an employee of Dunkin’ Donuts. Menounos attended the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville, Massachusetts. Menounos attended Medford High School in Medford, Massachusetts. In 1995, Menounos began to compete in beauty pageants. The following year, she won the title of Miss Massachusetts Teen USA, and she competed at Miss Teen USA where she placed in the top 15, receiving an honorary mention, during the preliminary competition. She set her sights on journalism while studying at Emerson College. After working on news segments for the school’s radio station, she joined Channel One News, which broadcasts to schools across the U.S. Entertainment Tonight snatched up the correspondent in 2002 and eventually made her the host of its programs on MTV and VH1. In 2004, Menounos showed her versatility with a recurring acting role on One Tree Hill. The next year she left ET to join the competition, Access Hollywood. Her coverage of the devastating AIDS epidemic in South Africa prompted the journalist to create Take Action Hollywood!, which works to raise social awareness and improve human conditions through film.
Name: Maria Menounos
Date of Birth: June 8, 1978
Place of Birth: Medford, MA
Place of Residence:Los Angeles, CA
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Education: Emerson College
Height: 5’7¾” / 172 cm
Weight: 130 lbs / 59 kg
Shoe size: 10 / 40.5 (EU)
Dress size: 4 (US)
Bra size: 32C
Measurements: 34-23-36 in / 87-58.5-91.5 cm
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Facebook: Maria Menounos
- Keven Undergaro (1998-Present)
Awards and Honors:
- 2006 – Teen Choice Award Nomination
- 2014 – Daytime Emmy Award
- Maxim’s Hot 100
Hobbies and Interests:Watching TV Shows
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Potato Skins
Favorite Music: Whitney Houston
Favorite Perfume: Halle by Halle Berry
Favorite Sports: Basketball, Football
Favorite Movie: The Wizard of Oz, Rocky
Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad
- She was Miss Massachussetts Teen USA 1996.
- She speaks Greek fluently.
- She is of Greek descent.
- Once she was stuck in an elevator, so she went up into the elevator shaft and climbed up to the next floor.
- The youngest person to ever co-host Entertainment Tonight
- Was a part of the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars partnering with Derek Hough, finishing 4th.
- Had her eggs frozen to insure that she can have children someday when she has achieved her career goals.
- From the age of 13 to 19, she worked at Dunkin’ Donuts.
- She has been a fan of WWE and has guest hosted WWE Raw.