Samantha was born in Dallas, Texas in 1969. After attending Pinkerton, Brown went on to study at Syracuse University, earning a degree in musical theatre. She began performing in off-Broadway productions until she was discovered by the Travel Channel. She currently resides in Manhattan, where she is a member of the sketch-comedy group "Mouth." She was married to Kevin James O'Leary, a computer servers specialist, in October 2006.
In 2004, Ms. Brown co-hosted Beach Week on the Travel Channel with Michelle Beadle, Owen McKibbin and Shana Hiatt. Samantha filmed a new show, Passport to Latin America, which debuted on June 6, 2007. In the series, Brown visited Belize, central Costa Rica, Honduras, and the cities of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Montevideo, Uruguay, Santiago, Chile and São Paulo, Brazil.
In September 2007, Samantha was in China for a month-long trip that took her to places like Sichuan, Beijing, and Xian. On the show, Passport to China, Sam got to hold a panda on her lap and walk along the Great Wall of China. The show aired in July 2008.
A new show called Passport to Great Weekends also began airing in 2008 and took her to "weekend" destinations like Myrtle Beach, Paris, Sante Fe, Washington, D.C. and (our favorite) New Hampshire. Her trip back to her old haunts in New Hampshire originally aired on July 24, 2008 but is being re-run on the Travel Channel regularly.
In February 2010, Sam celebrated a decade of hosting for the Travel Channel with four new one-hour specials. Samantha Brown's Vancouver highlighted the city that hosted that year's Winter Olympics, Samantha Brown: Inside the Suitcase, Samantha Brown Fan-a-thon and Samantha Brown's World of Sports, which highlighted some of her best and worst sports-related moments on the Travel Channel.
In January 2013, Samantha and her husband Kevin O'Leary, welcomed twins, a boy, Ellis James and a girl, Elizabeth Mae.
Whether she is traipsing through Europe by rail, golfing on the greens in Florida or taking a bubble bath in a luxury hotel in Hawaii, it's obvious that Samantha loves her job. And even as a new mom, she already has no plans to stop anytime soon. "I will be going back on the road as soon as we can, so baby passports here we come," she exclaimed to People Magazine shortly after their birth.
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