Maria Menounos Bio | Wiki
Maria Menounos is an American entertainment reporter, professional wrestler, television personality, author, actress, and businesswoman. Previously, she hosted Extra and E! News. Additionally, Maria served as a TV correspondent for Today, Access Hollywood, and co-hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece.
Moreover, Maria co-created and is currently CEO of the online podcast series network AfterBuzz TV. Currently, she is signed to WWE where she has served as an ambassador since 2013. Additionally, Maria hosts the podcast Conversations with Maria Menounos.
Maria Menounos Age
Maria was born on June 8, 1978, in Medford, Massachusetts, United States. She is 43 years old.
Maria Menounos Height
She is a woman of above-average stature and stands at a height of 5 ft 7 in (Approx. 1.72 m).
Maria Menounos Family
She was born in the Boston suburb of Medford, Massachusetts to Greek immigrant parents Costas and Litsa Menounos. Maria’s parents came to the United States prior to her birth and worked as janitors in a Boston nightclub. She grew up with her younger brother named Peter.
Maria Menounos Husband
Maria is married to her supportive husband Keven Undergaro. The couple held their wedding in Times Square during the 2017 New Year’s festivities. The ceremony was officiated by Steve Harvey. Later, they held a 2018 Orthodox wedding in Akovos, Greece. They do not have children yet.
Maria Menounos Education
She attended Medford High School in Medford. In 1995, Maria started to compete in beauty pageants. The following year, she earned the title of Miss Massachusetts Teen USA.
Moreover, she competed for the title of Miss Massachusetts USA 2000 and became the first runner-up. Later, Maria enrolled at Boston’s Emerson College, where she participated in the organization Emerson Independent Video and graduated in 2000.
Maria Menounos WWE
Maria’s first appearance on WWE came on October 12, 2009, when she joined Nancy O’Dell in guest-hosting WWE Raw. She started in-ring that night in a six diva tag team match with Kelly Kelly and Gail Kim against Beth Phoenix, Alicia Fox, and Rosa Mendes. Her team won with the match highlighted by Maria slapping the much larger-statured Phoenix.
Together, with Kelly, they were successful in defeating Phoenix and Torres on April 1, 2012, at WrestleMania, with Maria pinning Phoenix for the win. On January 28, 2018, Maria served as the special guest ring announcer for the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match at the Royal Rumble.
Maria Menounos Extra
On August 4, 2011, Maria joined Warner Bros.’s Extra, where she co-hosted the show with Mario Lopez. For her work on Extra, she received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment News Program. After three years of hosting Extra, Maria left the show in May 2014 and signed a multi-year contract with E! Entertainment to host and produce several programs.
Maria Menounos The Challenge: All Stars
In 2021, Maria hosted the reunion show for The Challenge: All Stars. It is a special limited series of the MTV reality-competition series The Challenge, alongside Nate Burleson. The show features twenty-two past cast members competing for $500,000.
Maria Menounos Access Hollywood | Today
From 2005-2011, Maria served as a correspondent of Access Hollywood after working for Entertainment Tonight. Additionally, she went on to co-host a few episodes of the Today Show in the late summer and fall of 2006 as well as in April 2007.
Maria Menounos Books
In addition to her career, Maria is also an author. Her books include:
The Everygirl’s Guide to Life (2001), The Everygirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness (2014), The Everygirl’s Guide to Cooking (2016), and Better Together (2021).
Maria Menounos Brain Tumor
In August 2016, Maria’s mom became diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer (glioblastoma). Coincidentally, two months after her diagnosis, Maria also became diagnosed with a brain tumor too. In 2018, the brain tumor was removed. She received great help from her husband to take care of her parents who both contracted COVID-19 in 2020. Sadly, Maria’s mom died in May 2021.
Maria Menounos Net Worth
She earns her wealth from her career. Therefore, she has amassed a fortune over the years. Maria’s estimated net worth is $3 million.