Maria Menounos gained fame as a television host, journalist, and actress. She is popularly known for being an on-air correspondent on Access Hollywood and Extra. The American actress has tirelessly worked her way through the industry and has created an impressive career for herself in the process.
Who Is Maria Menounos? Bio
Born on the 8th of June, 1978, Maria Menounos grew up in Medford, Massachusetts. Though an American by birth, Maria Menounos was born to Greek parents, Costas and Litsa Menounos, who worked as janitors in a nightclub. For her secondary education, Menounos attended Medford High School.
At age 17, Menounos began taking part in beauty pageants such as Miss Massachusetts Teen USA and Miss Teen USA. She won the title of Miss Massachusetts but came out in the top 15 in Miss Teen USA. She then moved on to attend Emerson College in Boston where she graduated from in 2000.
Maria began working as a correspondent with Entertainment Tonight and this opened doors to greater opportunities and platforms. She even got acting roles for series and films such as Without a Trace, My Extra Miles and Fantastic Four to mention a few.
Apart from being a television host and actress, Maria Menounos is an occasional professional wrestler, majorly involved in tag team matches. The American actress is also involved in humanitarian projects, having founded Take Action Hollywood. The project was inspired by her trip to South Africa where she reported the effect of the AIDS crisis. Also, the Cosmo Girl Cup was initiated to award a group of teens who affect their communities positively.
Maria Menounos’s Net Worth
Maria Menounos has an estimated net worth of about $9 million. The amount is the product of a thriving career which began when Maria Menounos worked as a reporter for Channel One News while in her senior year at Emerson. In 2002, she worked as a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight where she primarily reported on movies, music, and fashion. In order to focus on her acting career, she pulled out of the programme in 2005.
In the same year, she played a nurse in Fantastic Four. Her voice and likeness was also used for the video game James Bond 007: From Russia With Love. Away from acting, Maria directed the movie Longtime Listener which starred Wilmer Valderrama. Her passion for making films would see her produce an independent film Land of Merry Misfits with Keven Undergaro, while in college. But the negative of the film was stolen and the project was not completed. However, years after, she fully recovered and restored the film through her personal funds. She later co-founded an online entertainment network with Keven Undergaro.
In 2007, Maria hosted the reality game show series Clash of the Choirs. In 2009, the entertainment reporter who had always been a fan of WWE made her debut appearance in October. Since then, she has actively been involved in wrestling, teaming up with several female wrestlers like Gail Kim, Kelly Kelly, Alicia Fox and Eve Torres.
In 2011, she joined Warner Bros’ Extra which she hosted alongside Mario Lopez. Her work on Extra was rewarded with a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment News Program. In 2013, she began her own interview series called Conversations with Maria Menounos. The following year, her reality TV series – Chasing Maria Menounos premiered on Oxygen Network. In the same year, she signed a multi-year contract with E! Entertainment to host and produce shows. But in 2017, Menounos had to bow out of showbiz as she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Is Maria Menounos Married? Who is Her Husband?
Maria Menounos is currently married to her longtime lover and collaborator, Keven Undergaro. The director and producer professed his love for Maria and proposed to her Live on the Howard Stern Show in 2016. The following year, Menounos had to undergo surgery to end her battle with a brain tumor. Months after, the pair got married on the 31st of December, 2017 in Times Square, New York.
Keven Undergaro, who was born on the 16th of November, 1967, is a director, producer and a writer. As a young lad growing up in Massachusetts, he showed interest in video games, movies, and television.
Keven attended Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire where he majored in History. After school, he did not see himself as being committed to a regular job, so he moved on with his ambition to work in Hollywood. He first worked as a carnival worker and slept under trucks to get funds to go to Los Angeles. When he made it to L.A, he landed the job of head writer on MTV’s Singled Out. He ventured into making independent films, but then he went bankrupt. At this point, Keven met Maria Menounos, who was 19 and the two began collaborating together. He created AfterBuzz TV, which has become one of the world’s largest online broadcasting network, with Maria Menounos being a co-founder. He also created Black Hollywood Live, Book Circle and The Popcorn Talk Network.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
The Greek-American actress is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 52 kg. She has a notable slim figure which she maintains with a healthy diet and a work out regimen. Her total body measurements are 34-23-26 all in inches.
While many are quick to compliment her physique, Maria sees her smile as the most important aspect of her appearance.