Nancy O’Dell is Oprah’s OWN show host, and has proven to be a force in all areas of her career as a journalist, author, producer and entrepreneur. One of the country’s most respected and leading entertainment journalists, Nancy was on the team that started Access Hollywood and served as anchor for 13 years from 1996 to 2009. She has also contributed reports to NBC’s Today and Dateline.
She is a published author, with her first book, Full of Life: Mom-to-Mom Tips I Wish Someone Told Me When I Was Pregnant, debuting in the top three of all motherhood books and as a top-selling gift book. Full of Life was released by Simon Spotlight in April 2009. Nancy also recently added to her success as a businesswoman by debuting a line of high-end outdoor furniture called “Red Carpet by Nancy O’Dell” and carried in stores across the nation. She is also a partner with the nation’s largest mom video-blogging website, Momversation, and contributes on a regular basis. Her second book, Full of Love, is available now, as is the Nancy O’Dell Collection through scrapbooking powerhouse Creative Memories. Nancy is the spokesperson for Rusk/Babyliss, the first time a salon line has partnered with a celebrity and her red carpet–ready jewelry line for QVC, which premiered on the network in the spring of 2010.
Nancy has been chosen by NBC for the past nine years to host two of their popular annual network broadcasts, The Golden Globes Arrivals Special and The Tournament of Roses Parade. In 2007, she hosted the backstage portion of the Golden Globes telecast. She also hosted the Emmy red carpet preshow for NBC (2006), ABC (2000) and Fox (1999). A member of the Academy of Country Music, Nancy was the original host and consulting producer of the long-running country music talent search series Nashville Star. Recently, Nancy has been seen several times on the Emmy-winning television series 30 Rock, the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana in guest roles and made a coveted celebrity appearance on Sesame Street. In 2006, she appeared in the Golden Globe–nominated film Thank You for Smoking and had a recurring role as herself on FX’s Dirt from 2006 to 2008. In 2009, she hosted NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby with Bob Costas, as well as the Bravo special Ladies First: Bravo at the Kentucky Derby. In 2003 and 2004, she co-hosted ESPN’s ESPY Awards Red Carpet Show, and she hosted NBC’s broadcast of Christmas in Rockefeller Center in 2004 with Al Roker. Nancy hosted Miss USA 2004, 2005 and 2006, and in 2007, she made history by being the first woman to ever host the beauty competition while pregnant. She also hosted Miss Universe in 2005 and the annual Prism Awards on FX in 2008 and 2009.
An award-winning journalist, Nancy has been honored with three Associated Press Awards, two Society of Professional Journalists Awards and an Emmy and has been nominated for seven additional Emmys. In 2009, Nancy was honored by the entire beauty industry for the inaugural Beautiful Humanitarian Award by the Professional Beauty Association, an award given to a public figure who exemplifies beauty both inside and out. In addition, she was nominated two years in a row (1999 and 2000) for the prestigious ICG Publicists Guild Press Award, recognizing excellence in entertainment reporting. She was also ranked by Shape as one of the “20 Hottest Stars Right Now.”