Nov. 27th, 1973
Hopkins, Minnesota, USA
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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 2010–12, she was a correspondent at Entertainment Tonight.
Born in Hopkins, Minnesota to Richard, a rock 'n' roll promoter, and Bonnie (née Harris) Shapiro, a dancer. In 1972, her parents founded a renaissance festival, known as King Richard's Faire, which continues as of 2012. She had a Jewish upbringing. She graduated from Northwestern University.
On December 16, 2008, Harris joined The Insider as a substitute host and correspondent. She had previously been 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. 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.
Season 7 champion 'Brooke Burke replaced Harris as co-host in the spring 2010 season. Burke was replaced in 2014 by Erin Andrews.
Her film and television credits include D3: The Mighty Ducks, Surviving Gilligan's Island, Reefer Madness, Beautiful, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, among others.
She 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.
Harris married Michael Hess in 2005. Harris gave birth to the couple's first child in 2007, 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. Three years later, Harris delivered the couple's second child.
In April 2014, Harris announced that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and would undergo a double mastectomy.
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