Mary Hart: Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award Luncheon - September 30, 2016


Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Luncheon

“MARY HART makes you happy. Sure she has grace and eloquence, but also, I just see Mary Hart and I’m happy,” gushed KEVIN FRAZIER, current co-host of Entertainment Tonight about the beautiful trail-blazing former host of ET. At Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters’ luncheon on September 30th, Mary Hart was honored and Frazier concluded that “Mary makes everyone happy because she’s a Unicorn. If there’s a rainbow, there’s Mary.” After hearing wonderful stories about Hart from her friends and colleagues, the PPB crowd at the Sportsmen’s Lodge embraced Frazier’s “Unicorn Theory.” In addition to Frazier, on the dais to pay tribute to Hart were good friend supermodel CINDY CRAWFORD, former Entertainment Tonight Executive Producer LINDA BELL BLUE, former ET colleague LEEZA GIBBONS (who called Mary her role model and mentor), political consultant and Fox News analyst FRANK LUNTZ, and comedy writer ROBERTA KENT (who helped write Hart’s Las Vegas show decades ago). PPB President ALAN PERRIS presided over the event and gave the coveted ART GILMORE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to Hart for her role as a pioneer broadcaster for entertainment newscasts, hosting ET for 29 years (from 1982 to 2011). Mary recalled, “When Entertainment Tonight first started, the entire universe said that having a show on every night covering entertainment news wasn’t going to work because there’s not enough of that. But low and behold, we started something.”

Throughout the luncheon Perris presented clips with congratulations from celebrities and coworkers. TONY ORLANDO, Rabbi MARVIN HIER, and comedian TIM ALLEN offered heartfelt messages, but the biggest surprise was VIN SCULLY’s warm tribute. Vin (a past PPB honoree) wanted to be there for his friend Mary, but he was in San Francisco wrapping up his final Dodger broadcasts. It seems Hart’s love for the LA Dodgers is equal to Scully’s, as she took several opportunities to cheer “Go Dodgers.”