Nancy O'Dell Biography

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Birth Name: Nancy O'Dell

In addition to O'Dell's journalistic contributions to NBC's "Today" (NBC, 1952- ) and the news magazine "Dateline NBC" (1992- ) she was also a highly visible spokesperson for the March of Dimes, hoping that her countless guest spots in film and television (where she usually played her bubbly self) would help bring awareness to the cause. A former Miss Carolina of 1987, O'Dell began co-hosting Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants in 2004 and 2005 respectively, expanding into television production as a consulting producer on "Nashville Star" (USA, 2003-07; NBC, 2008- ) which she also hosted during its first season. The tables were turned when O'Dell became the entertainer under speculation as a contestant on season eight of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ).

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