Let's hear it for knobby knees!
"Entertainment Tonight's" Mary Hart, speaking at the American Women in Radio and Television Chapter luncheon Tuesday at Applewood's, said she was surprised at all the publicity about her pretty legs "because my father always said I had knobby knees."
Asked by a member of the audience if her legs were insured for $1 million as People magazine once reported, Hart laughed and said she wasn't sure if they were still insured or not.
She said the publicity about her legs started when she was moved from a stool to behind a desk. She said people started complaining because they couldn't see her legs, "which was the first time I realized anyone was paying attention to my legs."
So Hart's agent at the time, Jay Bernstein, decided if Betty Grable could insure her legs for $1 million he could insure each of Hart's legs for $1 million. And he did.
A former producer and co-host of a local talk/variety show "Dannysday" from 1976-79, Hart moved to Los Angeles to co-host first "PM Magazine" and then "The Regis Philbin Show" which was cancelled four months later.
Hart has been on "Entertainment Tonight" for nine years.
"I kept telling my agent "I can't keep doing this, my career will be dead,' " Hart said, "but the show keeps doing better all the time."
Hart said she couldn't be happier both with her personal and professional lives. She married Bert Sugarman about two years ago. He has a television production background, but "he's in the cement and fast food business now," Hart said.
Hart said she rises about 6 a.m. and works out on either a skiing simulator or stair-climbing machine before reporting for work about 8 a.m. She tapes her show each day at noon "before it goes out via satellite to the rest of the country at 1 p.m." She works with a staff of 125 people which Hart said, "has grown into a family."
A wardrobe consultant shops for most of the clothes she wears on the show, buying them through Lillie Rubin, "who has been with the show since it started."
Many people think of Hart, who is from South Dakota and is a former schoolteacher, as being homegrown in Oklahoma.
"Actually I was homegrown in television in Oklahoma City," Hart said. "This is where I really got my feet into entertainment, particularly in television." BIOG: NAME:Archive ID: 460124