Maria Menounos

Maria Menounos

Actress, author and the host of EXTRA, Maria Menounos’ story began cleaning Boston nightclubs alongside her Greek immigrant parents at the age of three, and not learning to speak English until she was 10. At 22, she became the youngest person to host ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, and would later report for TODAY, DATELINE and NIGHTLY NEWS. She has travelled to such places as El Salvador, South Africa and Afghanistan while reporting on earthquakes, the AIDS epidemic and the war. Inspired by her world travels and the devastating effects of the AIDS crisis, she created the charity, Take Action Hollywood! In 2008, she conducted the only interview with the Obama family during the Presidential campaign. Menounos is the New York Times bestselling author of the self-help book, The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life. She recently launched AfterBuzzTV.com, an online digital network dedicated to producing wrap-up shows for America’s favorite television series. She loves people, life and trying new things! Menounos joins three-time champ Derek Hough, who is returning for his ninth season. 

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