Maria Menounos was born on 8 June 1978, in Medford, Massachusetts USA of Greek ancestry. Maria is a popular TV journalist, well known for reporting on such programs as “Extra”, “Access Hollywood”, “Today” and others, but first came to prominence when she won the title of Miss Massachusetts Teen USA in 1996.
Maria Menounos Net Worth $7 Million
So just how rich is Maria Menounos? Sources estimate that the overall amount of Maria Menounos net worth reaches the sum of $7 million. The main source of her net worth is journalism, however, she also receives revenues from other activities.
Maria Menounos parents emigrated from Greece to the USA. She is a graduate of Medford High School and Emerson College, in 2000. Being 172cm height and only 52kg weight she started competing in beauty pageants in 1995. Maria’s television career began when she was signed as a reporter and interviewer for Channel One News in 2000. From 2002 to 2005, Menounos worked for “Entertainment Tonight” where she filed reports on the topics of fashion, music and movies. Meanwhile, she episodically appeared in various television series, including “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” (2002), “Without a Trace” (2003) and others. All these activities contributed to boosting Maria’s net worth.
Another notable role on TV came in 2006, when Maria hosted the popular Eurovision Song Contest held in Athens, Greece, for US TV. In 2005, Marie debuted on the big screen with the role of Sexy Nurse in the film “Fantastic Four” (2005) directed by Tim Story. Later, she starred alongside Jamie Kennedy, Michael Rosenbaum and Miguel A. Núñez Jr. in the comedy film “Kickin’ It Old Skool” (2007) directed by Harvey Glazer. However, the film failed at the box office earning only $4.4 million while the budget was more than $25 million, and receiving negative reviews from critics. Regardless, Maria also landed roles in the film “Adventures of Serial Buddies” (2011) directed by Keven Undergaro and several other films.
In 2004, Maria was listed in the “50 Most Beautiful People” by the FHM magazine, and is the winner of the Madden NFL Pro-AM MVP award and “Smokin’ Hot TV Personality” Award both in 2010. Somewhat surprisingly perhaps, Maria Menounos is a long-time WWE fan, and has made several appearances in the ring, debuting in 2009, usually in tag-team bouts and successfully too. However, Maria Menounos’ work on television has been very intense throughout all her career; she has appeared in various talk shows as a guest, landed roles in television movies, as well as hosting programs. One of her latest works is hosting the news program “Untold” (2014).
In her personal life, Maria Menounos is in a long term relationship with producer and director Keven Undergaro: they have been together since 1998. Menounos is also a philanthropist, including being the founder of “Take Action Hollywood”, which is a foundation promoting research into AIDS.
Date Of Birth
June 8, 1978
Place Of Birth
Medford, Massachusetts, United States
Journalist, Actor, Film Producer, Presenter, Wrestler
Madden NFL Pro-AM MVP award (2010), “Smokin’ Hot TV Personality” Award (2010)
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Personality, VGX Award for Best Supporting Female Performance
Fantastic Four (2015), Serial Buddies (2011), “Adventures of Serial Buddies” (2011), “Kickin’ It Old Skool” (2007), “Fantastic Four” (2005)
Her laugh (self-described as a cross between Fran Drescher and “Woody Woodpecker”).
The odd thing is, I don’t consider what I do work, because it’s what I love. But it is also an enormous amount of pressure, and you have to work an enormous amount of hours.
We had four different sets and built 38 flats to use as walls, so we had a major production going on. It’s so much fun when you’re controlling it, but it’s also so much pressure.
You have to take control of your own career.
I know that producing will ultimately mean more longevity in the business, so when I’m tired of everything else and want to be behind the cameras, I know that I can produce.
I’m really excited, because the character, Jules, is a really awesome character. I’m really excited to be playing her, and overall, I’m really excited to be getting back to my acting roots.
If you take the more general role of going to local stations around the country in Montana or South Carolina or wherever, and start in the local news, it’s a lot more difficult to get to the stories that you want to really cover.
So most of my acting experience came in college when I was living away from them. I acted in various independent films, and I got some commercial work and stuff like that.
So for me, anything that has to do with animals, and I’m a happy camper.
So now, cut to ten years later, and I’m making this amazing contract with Pantene. It’s incredible.
That’s why charity work is very selfish at the same time, because it makes you feel good.
The designer of my Emmy gown is donating my gown to the charity for an auction.
Tim Story is a fantastic director, and I’m so excited to get to work with him.
I love comic book movies, and Marvel Comics obviously are the best.
I saw Red Eye, and I love being scared and on the edge of my seat.
I think Channel One was very integral in my career.
I think people think we’re all sipping martinis by the pool.
Integrity is integrity. I don’t push it to the side because I’m talking to Julia Roberts.
One of the first things I did was interview the President of the United States. Some people work their whole lives and can’t interview someone of that stature.
There’s something about taking a film from concept to script, through production, and then to see the final thing happening in the edit phase. It’s almost like a miracle in the making.
A lot of people didn’t realize that I acted before I did anything else.
Back in the day after I won my first pageant there was an agency that was getting me work on the side.
I am honored to be a Bond girl and be a part of the Bond legacy, To star in a video game with Connery, the original Bond, is incredible.
As March 9, 2016. Announced engagement to her long-term boyfriend Keven Undergaro.
Menounos has been named the 2014 CES Entertainment Matters Ambassador for her innovations in digital broadcasting through her creation of AfterBuzzTV and her digital talk show titled “Conversations with Maria Menounos”. AfterBuzzTV boasts an astounding audience of 20 million a week to over 100 countries and provides after show analysis of over 200 series.
Co-hosting The Eurovision Song Contest (2006) and the Semifinales in Athens, Greece with Sakis Rouvas. [May 2006]
Was stuck in an elevator on August 14, 2013. She went up into the elevator shaft and climbed up to the next floor.
Helped induct friend, Bob Backlund, into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Other inductees were Donald Trump, Trish Stratus, Bruno Sammartino and Mick Foley.
In a long-term relationship with Keven Undergaro [1998-present].
The youngest person to ever co-host Entertainment Tonight (1981) (2001) (age 22).
The youngest person to ever co-host the Today (1952) Show (2006-2007).
The youngest person to ever report for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970) (2011).
Is part of the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars (2005) partnering with Derek Hough.
Daughter of Constantinos Menounos and Litsa Menounos.
Announced that she is freezing her eggs to insure that she can have children someday when she has achieved her career goals [September 2011].
Has left Access Hollywood (1996) to become co-hostess on Extra (1994) [September 2011].
One of her favorite singers was Whitney Houston.
Ranked #71 on the FHMOnline’s Sexiest 100 Women in the World of 2009 list.
Ranked #79 on the FHMOnline’s Sexiest 100 Women in the World of 2003 list.
Ranked #70 on Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 list of 2009.
Founded umbrella-like charity “Take Action Hollywood” as a result of supporting so many causes. Her most sacred include diabetes research, pet over population and adoption, animal cruelty prevention, worldwide AIDS relief and awareness, general support and relief of allied troops and their loved ones.
Fluent in the languages of Greek, English and Spanish.
Worked at Dunkin Donuts, making and selling donuts through junior high and high school.
Was a janitor cleaning Boston nightclubs and bars with her parents from age 3 to 14.
Sang in her church choir from grade school to college.
Played basketball in high school.
Great fan of Turner Classic Movies. Looks forward to each Febuary, for TCM’s annual month long salute to Oscar.
Avid Professional Wrestling fan. Former WWE Champion Bob Backlund has been both a friend and part-time bodyguard.
Avid sports fan – most especially Boston sports. Personal friend of New England Patriot’s quarterback, Tom Brady, and Boston Celtic’s captain, Paul Pierce.
Resides on a rare Southern Victorian estate with her adopted dogs.
Owns the solid gold and pearl-handled revolver that Elvis Presley gave to Jack Lord.
Menounos still owns the very first car she bought when she moved to Los Angeles: a now fully restored 1962 candy apple red Chevrolet Corvair convertible.
Holds the elite distinction of being the youngest person to ever report for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970).
Holds the elite distinction of being the youngest person to ever co-host the Today (1952) Show.
Holds the elite distinction of being the youngest person to ever co-host Entertainment Tonight (1981) (age 22).
Ranked and Voted #8 by AskMen.com’s Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2007.
Ranked and Voted #5 by AskMen.com’s Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2006
Speaks Greek fluently
Joined Entertainment Tonight (1981) on April 30, 2002 as a correspondent, reporting on film, television, music and fashion. She left ET in 2005.
She is of Greek descent.
When a contestant in the Miss Teen USA Pageant in 1996, representing the state of Massachussetts, Miss Menounos was asked by pageant host Bob Goen what she would like to do when she “grew up.” Her response was “I want to work with you at E.T., Bob!”. Her wish came true when she joined Entertainment Tonight (1981) six years later as a correspondent for the show. She also answered viewers’ questions about celebrities at the E.T. website (etonline.com), where her page was called ‘Maria’s Mailbox’.
Worked as an international correspondent for Channel One News.
Was an anchor on Channel One, a news program for school children usually played during the school day.
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