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Samantha Harris is one of the contestants in NBC's reality competition series "Stars Earn Stripes."

A seasoned entertainment news journalist and two-time Emmy-nominated TV personality, Samantha Harris may best be known for her eight seasons co-hosting the live ABC hit "Dancing With The Stars," which averaged more than 30 million viewers weekly and was the #2 most-watched show in the U.S. in each of those years. In Season 2, she even kicked up her heals on the ballroom floor to perform a Jive routine
Samantha Harris in "Entertainment Tonight"
Samantha Harris Entertainment Tonight
with World Smooth Champion and DWTS professional dancer Jonathan Roberts.

Most recently Harris could be seen on the world's #1 entertainment news program, "Entertainment Tonight," as a full-time correspondent, weekend co-host and substitute co-anchor for the weeknight editions. She has traveled the globe interviewing some of the industry's biggest stars, including Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz for their film "Knight and Day" in both Salzburg, Austria, and Seville, Spain; Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Michael Douglas at The Cannes Film Festival; Jake Gyllenhaal in London; Kate Hudson on the NYC set of "Something Borrowed"; Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman and Adam Sandler in Maui on the set of their film, "Just Go With It"; and Sting in Manhattan Beach, California, while he rehearsed for his world tour. In an exclusive interview, Harris also sat down with Princess Diana's brother Charles, Earl Spencer, in London as he remembered his sister's wedding day. Additionally, Harris gained an exclusive interview with Lindsay Lohan just prior to Lohan serving her prison sentence.

Harris' other notable interviews include the cast of "Glee," Oprah Winfrey, Shia LeBoeuf, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, George Clooney, Anne Hathaway, Patrick Dempsey, Jim Carrey, John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake and Olympic gold medalist Shaun White. Prior to joining to ET, she had already interviewed well over 300 celebrities. Harris also had the privilege of covering President Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington, D.C.

Simultaneously during her time on DWTS, Harris pulled double hosting duty as she passionately shared her opinion nightly as a panelist and correspondent on the entertainment news program "The Insider" (CBS Television Distribution) and, prior to that, as a correspondent on "E! News" where she also co-hosted E! Network's live award-show coverage for the Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmys.

Perhaps her biggest and most rewarding challenge, Harris made her Broadway debut in summer 2009 in New York City, singing and dancing for sold-out audiences playing the iconic role of "Roxie Hart" in the long-running musical "Chicago."

The physical demands of performing eight dance-filled shows a week on stage were a welcome challenge to this fitness enthusiast. Her passion for exercise coupled with a healthy lifestyle and eating habits has been the subject of numerous magazine and online articles in addition to nine fitness magazine covers.

Back on the television front, one of her greatest honors was hosting, alongside Regis Philbin, the live official red carpet pre-show for "ABC's 80th Annual Academy Awards: Road to the Red Carpet," which garnered nearly one billion viewers worldwide.

Beginning in January 2005 and continuing for four years, Harris was seen in over 130 countries in 600 million homes on E! Entertainment Television. In addition to writing, producing and reporting daily for "E! News" and hosting a multitude of E! specials, Harris proved her keen abilities for serious, hard-hitting news while reporting from inside San Quentin Penitentiary as host for E!'s "THS Investigates," a spin-off series from the producers of "E! True Hollywood Story."

Prior to joining E!, Harris served as the weekend co-host and full-time correspondent for the nationally syndicated entertainment newsmagazine "Extra" (Telepictures/WB Distribution) which she joined in 2003. As a correspondent who sought out unique stories, Harris braved an aerial performance (without a harness!) with Cirque du Soleil, sang a duet with Wayne Newton during his live show in Las Vegas, and danced her way into the arms of the late beloved Patrick Swayze backstage, while he was starring in the national tour of Chicago.

Harris's other hosting credits include FOX's primetime show "The Next Joe Millionaire," filling in for Meredith Vieira as a guest host on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire"; as a guest host on ABC's "The View;" contributing as a special correspondent on ABC's "Good Morning America;" and as host of "AMC Access" (from the producers of Access Hollywood).

As an honors graduate from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois, Harris' triple-threat talents were noticed within her first years living in Los Angeles. Hot off the North American musical tour "Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python" (where Harris's comedic, vocal, and dance performance electrified audiences at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and other prestigious venues), CBS cast her as America's sweetheart, "Dawn Wells aka Mary Ann", in its made-for-TV movie "Surviving Gilligan's Island." Harris's first L.A. acting job was a 150-performance run in the multi-award winning "Reefer Madness!: The New "Hit" Musical" (original cast).

In addition to gracing the cover of Muscle & Fitness Hers magazine a record four times, Harris has been seen on the covers of a variety of other magazines including USA Today magazine, First, Pilates Style, Fit Parent, and Wellness, among others. She has also been featured in many magazines including Shape, People, Health, and Self.

Harris is actively involved with various charities. Two of them, which she is most passionate about, include March of Dimes and Feeding America — where she is a member of the Entertainment Council.

In 2009, Harris was given the honor of making her Wall Street debut by 'Ringing The Bell' to open trading at the New York Stock Exchange.

Born and raised in Hopkins, Minnesota, by a rock concert promoter father and dancer mother — who together created and produced one of the country's first Renaissance festivals, King Richard's Faire — she currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Michael, and their young two daughters.

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Age: 41 years old
Birthday: November 27, 1973
Nickname: Sammy
Full Name / Real Name: Samantha Harris Shapiro
Birthplace: Hopkins, MN
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Husband: Michael Hess (1/27/2005, 2 children)

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oregon says:
Bring back Samantha Harris!!!!!!!!!!
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