Nancy ODells New Red Carpet Role
It’s the perfect sunny California day and I am fortunate to be a guest at Nancy O’Dell’s beautiful Mediterranean-style home. “My family is my number one priority,” says the former host of Access Hollywood while her kids play in the backyard.
The entertainment journalist has been married for almost six years to business executive Keith Zubchevich. They have three children — Tyler and Carson from her husband’s previous marriage, who call O’Dell “Nommy,” and Ashby Grace, who’s two-and-a-half. “She’s the queen of the house,” says O’Dell. Being the daughter of a Hollywood mom could have a big impact on any girl, but O’Dell points out, “I think when you create someone who is confident, they’re not so worried about the outward appearance because they feel so good about the inward.” O’Dell says she’s just following in her mother’s footsteps to raise her daughter, adding, “Overwhelming love is what I felt growing up.”
O’Dell, one of Television Week’s 10 most bankable stars in syndication, admits that leaving Access Hollywood in December 2009 after 13 years was one the hardest decisions she’s ever made, and she assures me she’ll announce her new TV venture soon. In the meantime, the mompreneur has been busy. In February she launched Red Carpet by Nancy O’Dell, an outdoor furniture line. “I think there’s something about furniture that reminds you of everything that has taken place in your life,” says O’Dell. “I’ve always been fascinated by furniture and I love the idea of taking the indoors out.” She wanted a fashionable line — “It’s where furniture meets fashion.” Red Carpet has three different collections — Classic, Couture, and Premiere. (www.redcarpetfurniture.com)
On March 4, during a “Red Carpet Special” on QVC, Nancy also successfully launched a jewelry line called The Nancy O’Dell Collection. “I wanted a jewelry line that would be appropriate for every woman, the businesswoman or the soccer mom.” But it doesn’t stop there, O’ Dell will be launching a scrapbooking product line in the fall. “It will be a line for busy people, to make scrapbooking easy.”
Although the star maintains a busy work schedule (she also authored the book Full Of Life: Mom-To-Mom Tips I Wished Someone Had Told Me When I Was Pregnant), she’s never too busy for her philanthropic endeavors, especially Betty’s Battle, which O’Dell founded in memory of her mom, who lost her battle with ALS. (www.bettysbattle.org) TANIA LUVIANO