- Competed in the 1970 Miss America pageant as Miss South Dakota and finished in the Top 10.
- Had her legs insured by Lloyd's of London for $2 million, but only for one day as part of a publicity stunt.
- In 1991, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article linking a patient's seizures to the sound of the Entertainment Tonight host's voice; the incident was later parodied in a 1992 episode of Seinfeld.
- Has appeared as herself in numerous TV series, including All of Us, JAG, Frasier and Coach.
- After helming Entertainment Tonight for almost 30 years, announced in August 2010 that the upcoming season would be her last.
- Speaks Danish and Swedish fluently.