- Got to meet many rock stars and go backstage at concerts as a child, because her father was a rock-concert promoter.
- Was a member of the original cast of Reefer Madness!: The New "Hit" Musical, which opened in Los Angeles in 1998.
- While cohosting Dancing With the Stars, she often simultaneously held a second job, first as a correspondent on E! News, and then as a correspondent and panelist on The Insider.
- Made her Broadway debut in 2009, portraying Roxie Hart in a revival of Chicago.
- Collaborated with DL1961 Premium Denim to launch a signature jean, the "Samantha," in 2011.
- Is a fitness enthusiast who has been featured on the covers of magazines such as Muscle & Fitness Hers, Pilates Style, Fit Parent and Wellness.
- Serves on the Feeding America Entertainment Council.
- Is a supporter of the March of Dimes.
- 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
- 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee
- Josselyn Sydney Hess — Daughter
- Richard Shapiro — Father
- Michael Hess — Husband
- Bonnie Shapiro — Mother
- Hillary Madison Hess — Daughter
- Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, Evanston, Illinois, United States
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