"I think 'perky' connotes a little bit of fakeness. (The media) think you're being perky just for the audience. But if you weren't somewhat energetic, people would think you're bored with what you're doing." Nancy O'Dell.
Television personality Nancy O'Dell is widely recognized as the co-host of the daily syndicated entertainment magazine Access Hollywood (1999-Present). She also hosted Nashville Star on the USA Network during its first two seasons (2003-2004), and has made numerous cameo appearances on several television series and films over the past decade.
As part of her Access Hollywood hosting job, O'Dell has covered such prestigious entertainment events as the Oscars, the Emmys, the Grammys and the Golden Globe Awards. She also co-hosted Miss USA and Miss Universe in 2005 and 2006.
An accomplished journalist, O'Dell won three Associated Press Awards, two Society of Professional Journalists Awards and was nominated six Emmy Awards. In 1998, she was inducted into South Carolina Hall of Fame, as the youngest member ever in recognition of her journalistic success.
The 5' 9½" tall former Miss South Carolina was named as one of Electronic Media’s “10 Most Bankable Stars in Syndication” and also ranked as one of the “20 Hottest Stars Right Now” by Shape Magazine. During her hectic schedule, she still active in many national charities, including the American Red Cross, Best Buddies and March of Dimes.
Miss South Carolina
Childhood and Family:
Born Nancy Humphries on February 25, 1963 (some sources mention 1966), in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Nancy O'Dell attended the now-closed Coastal Academy High School and graduated in 1984. The next year, she entered South Carolina's Clemson University, where she took marketing and joined the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority (which included former SPEED Channel broadcaster Connie LeGrand). She went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with a major in marketing from Clemson University in 1989.
As for her own family, after divorcing with her doctor husband Richard O Dell', Nancy married Keith Zubchevich, on June 25, 2005. They first met in 2004 while waiting to board a plane at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. Nancy and Zubchevich penned their own wedding vows and were married by Nancy's uncle. The best men were Zubchevich's two sons: Tyler, 10, and Carson, 6.
In 1987, Nancy O'Dell, then known as Nancy Humphries, won the Miss South Carolina pageant. She later won a swimsuit preliminary at Miss America. Graduating from the university, Nancy started out as a reporter and anchorwoman at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach before working as a morning news anchor and crime reporter at WCBD-TV in Charleston, S.C. She was subsequently recruited by Miami's NBC affiliate, WTVJ-TV, as their anchor and investigative reporter.
TV viewers then saw Nancy at the syndicated A Current Affair team as their entertainment reporter for one season (1995). The next year, in the premiere of Access Hollywood, a 30-minute entertainment news program produced and syndicated by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution, Nancy landed a job as a correspondent. In early of 1999, she was finally promoted to co-host the weekday television entertainment news program, and is currently co-hosting alongside Billy Bush.
While working for Access Hollywood, Nancy also started acting and began making cameo appearances in films and television series, frequently playing either herself or a generic entertainment reporter. In 1995-1996, she became the entertainment reporter on Fox's television newsmagazine "A Current Affair." She portrayed a journalist interviewing Tori Spelling in Wes Craven's teen horror Scream 2 (1997) and played a police officer on ABC's longest-running daytime soap opera “General Hospital” in 1998.
In January 1999, she appeared as herself in an episode of Fox's original popular primetime teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210” and guest starred as Arianna in an episode of NBC’s sitcom “Just Shoot Me!” She also played a reporter on a May 1999 episode of NBC’s drama “The Pretender, a good Samaritan on Fox hit soap “Melrose Place” and a weatherperson on the WB's supernatural drama "Charmed" (all in May 1999).
Nancy continued to give guest appearances in shows like UPN’s sitcom “Malcolm & Eddie” and lent her voice for the "Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder" episode of Fox’s original Emmy and Peabody Award-winning animated sitcom “The Simpsons.” On the big screen, she could be seen as one of the questioning brides in Gary Sinyor's romantic comedy starring Chris O'Donnell and Renée Zellweger, The Bachelor (1999).
Entering the new millennium, Nancy reunited with Wes Craven in his final installment in the successful Scream trilogy of satirical horror films, Scream 3, again as a reporter. She then returned to the small screen to guest star in an episode of the syndicated dramedy starring Pamela Anderson, "V.I.P.," and NBC’s crime drama “Third Watch.”
After playing Nurse Lisa in two episodes of the short-lived comedy “Cursed,” Nancy nabbed her first costarring role, as the diabolical heart surgeon Dr. Drake in Lorena David's indie feature Outta Time (2002), alongside Mario Lopez. She also appeared as Audrey Simms 2002-2003) on three episodes of the NBC's long-running daytime serial “Days of Our Lives” and as herself on the WB’s supernatural drama “Charmed.”
By this time, as a part of her job hosting the Access Hollywood, Nancy has covered big entertainment events like the Oscars, the Emmys, the Grammys, and the Golden Globe Awards. Alongside media legend Dick Clark, she co-hosted of the Golden Globes Arrivals Show on NBC since the late '90s. She also hosted the Emmy's pre-show in 1999 (Fox) and in 2000 (ABC).
Nancy’s excellence in entertainment reporting has been nominated for several Emmys and the Publicist Guild of America's Press Awards (in 1999 and 2000). She has won two Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Awards and three Associated Press Awards. She has also been one of Electronic Media’s "10 Most Bankable Stars in Syndication."
A member of the Academy of Country Music, Nancy served as both host and consulting producer of Nashville Star, a country music talent competition on the USA Network, which premiered in March of 2003. After leaving the show's second season in 2004 due to scheduling conflicts with her Access Hollywood schedule (she was replaced by singer LeAnn Rimes), Nancy became Los Angeles radio station KBIG-FM's commercial spokesperson.
That same year, she appeared as herself in the pilot episode of Matt LeBlanc's sitcom “Joey,” then co-hosted the NBC special “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” and the Miss USA Pageant. She later returned to host Miss USA 2005 and Miss Universe 2005. She also co-hosted the Miss USA 2006 pageant with Drew Lachey and co-hosted the Miss Universe 2006 pageant with Carlos Ponce.