Samantha Harris

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Samantha Harris
Samantha Harris.jpg
Samantha Harris backstage at the 2009 Heart Truth fashion show
BornSamantha Harris Shapiro
(1973-11-27) November 27, 1973 (age 40)
Hopkins, Minnesota, U.S.
OccupationTelevision hostess
Actress
Model
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Michael Hess (m.2005–present); 2 children)
 
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Samantha Harris
Samantha Harris.jpg
Samantha Harris backstage at the 2009 Heart Truth fashion show
BornSamantha Harris Shapiro
(1973-11-27) November 27, 1973 (age 40)
Hopkins, Minnesota, U.S.
OccupationTelevision hostess
Actress
Model
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Michael Hess (m.2005–present); 2 children)

Samantha Harris (born November 27, 1973) is an American television hostess. Most notably, she was the co-host of seasons two through nine of Dancing with the Stars with Tom Bergeron. From 2010–2012, she was a correspondent at Entertainment Tonight.

Early life[edit]

She was born Samantha Harris Shapiro in Hopkins, Minnesota to Richard Shapiro, a rock 'n' roll promoter, and Bonnie (Harris) Shapiro, a dancer. In 1972, her parents founded one of the country's first renaissance festivals, King Richard's Faire, which continues as of 2012.

Harris had a Jewish upbringing.[1][2] She received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, graduating with honors in 1996, where she was also a member of the Delta Gamma sorority.

TV hosting[edit]

On December 16, 2008, Harris joined The Insider as a substitute host and correspondent.

Previously, Harris was a correspondent with E! Entertainment Television's E! News, and host of THS Investigates. In addition to writing, producing and reporting daily for E! News, she co-hosted the network's live award-show coverage for the Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmys. She has also appeared as a special correspondent on Good Morning America. Prior to joining E!, Harris served as a weekend co-host for the infotainment show Extra, where she interviewed hundreds of celebrities and served as an anchor for the show's Las Vegas bureau.

Her best known hosting job was for Dancing with the Stars along with Tom Bergeron. She took over in 2006 for Lisa Canning. Her other hosting credits include Fox's The Next Joe Millionaire and AMC Access (the short-lived spinoff of Access Hollywood produced for AMC). Additionally, she also served as a guest co-host on The View. She hosted a week of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire shows on May 11–15, 2009.

Harris announced on January 28, 2010 that she would leave Dancing with the Stars to focus on other projects like her correspondent duties at The Insider and Entertainment Tonight.[3] Season 7 champion Brooke Burke replaced Harris as co-host in the spring 2010 season.[4]

In 2012, she co-hosted the TV show Stars Earn Stripes with General Wesley Clark (Retired).

Acting work[edit]

Her acting credits include Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python, D3: The Mighty Ducks, Drop Dead Gorgeous (non speaking), Surviving Gilligan's Island, Reefer Madness (original cast), Beautiful, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and others.

Samantha made her Broadway debut in 2009 as Roxie Hart in Chicago. She performed a six-week engagement in the long-running musical from July 7 through August 16 at the Ambassador Theatre. After her Broadway run, Harris played Roxie in the Greenville, SC, engagement of the national tour, August 18–23, at the Peace Center.[5]

Public image[edit]

Harris has modeled as a three-time cover girl for Muscle & Fitness: HERS, and for FHM,[6] SELF and SHAPE magazines, and in various ads and commercials. She is also featured in the December 2006 issue of FHM magazine.

In November 2007, Harris was announced as the spokesperson for Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula line, where she was featured in a national print and television campaign.[7] That occurred as Harris won consecutive 2007 and 2008 Crown Awards for the "Best Hairstyle on Television" from voters at Super-Hair.Net.

Personal life[edit]

Harris married Michael Hess in 2005.

On September 23, 2007, Harris gave birth to daughter Josselyn Sydney Hess and missed the season five premiere of Dancing with the Stars. She returned on October 15, 2007. Drew Lachey, winner of season two, filled in for the first three weeks of competition while Harris was out.

On the August 17, 2010 edition of Entertainment Tonight, Harris announced that she was pregnant.[8] On January 19, 2011, Harris delivered the couple's second daughter, Hillary Madison Hess.[9]

Charities[edit]

Harris supports cancer research and volunteers for charity events such as Feeding America and the Revlon Run/Walk and What A Pair.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Celebrity Jews". jweekly.com. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.okmagazine.com/blogs/red-carpet-confidential-samantha-harris-celebrates-hanumas
  3. ^ "Dancing with the Stars EXCLUSIVE: Samantha Harris Leaving Dancing with the Stars". Tvwatch.people.com. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  4. ^ Franich, Darren (2010-03-08). "Dancing with the Stars': Brooke Burke is the new Samantha Harris". Popwatch.ew.com. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  5. ^ "Samantha Harris To Star as Roxie Hart in CHICAGO". BroadwayWorld.com. 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  6. ^ Samantha Harris in FHM December 2006 "Samantha Harris - Girls of FHM". FHM Online. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  7. ^ ""Dancing with the Stars" co-host Samantha Harris is the spokesperson for Palmer's, Cocoa Butter Formula line". Rodman Publishing. November 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ http://etonline.com
  9. ^ Amy Poehler, on Amy Poehler: Night Owl No More! (2010-08-18). "Samantha Harris Welcomes Daughter Hillary Madison – Moms & Babies – Moms & Babies - People.com". Celebritybabies.people.com. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 

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Preceded by
Lisa Canning
Co-Host of Dancing with the Stars
2006–2009
Succeeded by
Brooke Burke