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Facts about Maria Menounos
Biography for Maria MenounosMaria Menounos (Greek: Μαρία Μενούνος; born Jun. 8, 1978 (35 years ago)) is an American actress, journalist, and TV presenter known at home for her appearances as a correspondent for The Today Show and Access Hollywood, and abroad for co-hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 (7 years ago) in Athens, Greece.
ProductionAt the age of 17, Menounos produced In the Land of Merry Misfits, an independent movie fairy tale. The 35 mm feature movie was produced by Menounos while attending Emerson College with director Keven Undergaro, then head writer for MTV's Singled Out. The negative of the movie was stolen and the movie was never completed but her work on the film, and the film's director, helped her land her reporting job at Channel One News and at MTV (ET on MTV). Menounos, however, never forgot the movie or the film's director. In 2005 (8 years ago), Menounos personally funded the recovery and restoration of the film, which was narrated by John Waters and starred an eclectic group in the Waters vein — including former WWE champion Bob Backlund, actress Josie Davis from the TV show "Charles in Charge" and B-movie icon Randal Malone. The movie premiered at the 2007 (6 years ago) Tribeca movie Festival.
Menounos also directed Longtime Listener starring Wilmer Valderrama. The movie was an official selection of the Tribeca movie Festival 2006 (7 years ago).
Popular awardsMenounos appeared in FHM magazine and in People magazine in 2004 (9 years ago) as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People." In another poll conducted by askmen.com, Menounos was voted one of the top five girls a guy would most want to marry, along with Angelina Jolie (146 walls), Charlize Theron (135 walls) and Jessica Alba. She has also beaten Jessica Alba (172 walls) and Charlize Theron (135 walls) for "Cyber Vixen of the Year" on Spike TV's video game awards.
Charity workMenounos founded the charity "Take Action Hollywood!" after her trip to South Africa. Reporting on the devastating effects of the AIDS crisis she was inspired to create TAH!, a charity that utilizes the power of the entertainment industry and the medium of movie to affect for positive social change. Maria also created the Cosmo Girl Cup, a national, annual competition and award given to the group of teens who do the most in their communities to affect for positive social change.
Early yearsMenounos, a Greek American, was born in Medford, Massachusetts, and is fluent in the Greek language. At age 17, she was an employee of Dunkin' Donuts with aspirations to be something more. Menounos attended the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. In 1995 (18 years ago), Menounos began to compete in beauty pageants. The following year, she won the title of Miss Massachusetts Teen USA and competed at Miss Teen USA where she failed to place in the top 10. Menounos did however place in the top 15, receiving an honorary mention, during the preliminary competition; Menounos placed 13th in preliminaries. The pageant was won by Christie Lee Woods. Maria competed for the title of Miss Massachusetts USA 2000; she was the 1st runner up.
CareerLater Menounos attended Boston's Emerson College where she participated in the now award winning organization, Emerson Independent Video. During her senior year, she was hired as a reporter for Channel One News. Her work for Channel One's 10-minute segments included traveling to El Salvador to report on the earthquake of 2001 (12 years ago) and interviewing former President George W. Bush.
Entertainment Tonight hired Menounos as a correspondent in 2002 (11 years ago), where she reported on movies, music and fashion. ET executives offered her a hosting gig for ET on MTV & VH1; she left the program in 2005 (8 years ago) to focus on her acting career, though she would eventually join rival program Access Hollywood later that Fall as a special correspondent. She went on to co-host a few episodes of the Today Show in the late summer and fall of 2006 (7 years ago) as well as in Apr. 2007 (6 years ago).
In 2003 (10 years ago), Menounos appeared on the Nov. 30 episode of Punk'd where she was one of many celebrities caught in the awkward and embarrassing "Red Carpet Interviews".
In the summer of 2005 (8 years ago), she appeared in the comic book movie Fantastic Four, where she played a nurse who is romanced by the "Human Torch", played by Chris Evans. Her likeness and voice was featured in the 2005 (8 years ago) Electronic Arts video game, From Russia with Love as Eva Adara, Red Grant's henchwoman, which stars Sean Connery (5 walls) as James Bond. She is also the spokesperson for Pantene hair products.
Menounos at the 81st Academy Awards in Feb. 2009Menounos presented the 2006 (7 years ago) Eurovision Song Contest (along with Greek singer Sakis Rouvas) that took place in Athens.
Menounos is a correspondent for The Today Show as well as Access Hollywood in an overall deal with NBC Universal to act in movies and TV shows. She also has recurring roles on CBS' Without a Trace and as Jules in the second season of The CW's One Tree Hill (during its run on The WB).
Menounos also appeared on the Scrubs episode "My Extra Mile", which aired in May 2006 (7 years ago) where she is attracted to John Dorian because she likes his hair.
In 2006 (7 years ago), Menounos appeared in the music video for "A Public Affair" by Jessica Simpson. In Apr. 27, 2007 (6 years ago), Maria starred in Kickin' It Old Skool. In 2007 (6 years ago), Menounos continued in her run as international spokesperson doing print and TV commercials for Pantene hair products as well as print ads for New York & Company.
From dec. 17 to dec. 20, 2007 (6 years ago), Menounos hosted the reality game show miniseries Clash of the Choirs.
In 2008 (5 years ago), she became the host of "Hollywood Green" on the "Planet Green" network. "Maria Menounos brings glamour to green living as the hostess of Hollywood Green. Both as the special correspondent for daily entertainment newsmagazine "Access Hollywood," and on Hollywood Green, Maria provides TV viewers with comprehensive coverage of entertainment and news personalities."
In 2008 (5 years ago), she had a role in the movie Tropic Thunder.
In 2008 (5 years ago), she became the first journalist to interview the entire Obama family as a whole. She is represented by Creative Artists Agency.
In May 2008 (5 years ago), played in the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Huntington Beach Open, but was eliminated in the qualifying round. On Jul. 13, 2008 (5 years ago), Menounos starred in the celebrity softball game at Yankee Stadium in New York.
In Nov. 2008 (5 years ago), when Richard Belzer fell ill, she filled in as host for the North Shore Animal League’s Dogcatemy Celebrity Gala, which takes place at NYC’s Capitale.
In 2009 (4 years ago), she hosted reunion specials of MTV's The Real World: Brooklyn and the Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Duel 2.
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