Mary Murphy and her partner won the United States Ballroom Dance Championships in 1997.
Mary runs a successful dance competition called the Holiday Dance Classic, which is held in Las Vegas.
Mary: I am one strange bird up there in Hollywood. You know, my mother was born in Dublin. I'm an Irish Catholic, I've been having meat and potatoes my whole life. I try to stay away from desserts, I have such a sweet tooth, oh my gosh, I can hardly pass a choc chip cookie. If they're hot, look out. There's no way I can say "no." You never know what's going to happen in your life, so if the cookie happens to come by my face, I'm going to enjoy [laughs]. I'm certainly not Hollywood thin, that's for sure, they're all like size 0 and 2. It's hard for me to even find clothes in Los Angeles [laughs].
Mary: I lost probably the biggest love of my life last year. I had my dog, Cha Cha, for 16 and a half years. She was a black and white mini schnauzer and she's still on my MySpace. And even now when I come home I still think I'm going to see her. She went to the dance studio with me every single day. So it was a tough year last year. She was so cute.
Mary: The last thing I want to see when someone is doing the foxtrot is crotch!