Born and raised in South Carolina, Nancy O’Dell majored in Marketing and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Clemson University. Before beginning her broadcast career, Nancy, then known as Nancy Humphries, entered and won the Miss South Carolina pageant in 1987 and represented the state at the Miss America pageant in 1988. Although she didn’t place, she won a preliminary swimsuit award. A couple years later, Nancy competed in Miss South Carolina USA 1990 and finished as 1st runner up to Miss USA 1990 and 1st runner up to Miss World 1990. She is currently the host for Entertainment Tonight.