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Originally posted 07/16/2012 06:00AM
Lisa Rinna had no shortage of celebrity guests come out to celebrate her 49th birthday on Thursday night at her and hubby Harry Hamlin's Los Angeles home.
Joined by her usual group of gal pals – including Denise Richards, Maria Menounos, Nancy O'Dell, Holly Robinson Peete, Garcelle Beauvais and Angelina Jolie's stylist Jen Rade – Rinna treated her 30 attendees to a Mexican-themed fiesta produced by Good Carma Studio in her backyard.
Kitchit chef Meg Hall was on hand to present a generous menu, which included shrimp and guacamole tostadas, chorizo-stuffed squash blossoms, shishito peppers and key lime pie shooters.
"Lisa's daughters and dog were in the kitchen a lot," a source tells PEOPLE. "There were some special items made for her daughter Amelia, [who doesn't eat gluten]. The kitchen was the gathering spot for most of the other guests, too. Garcelle and Denise were in there most of the evening, chatting about their kids."
– Patrick Gomez
Originally posted 11/10/2010 07:00PM
She's happy to be on the inside.
Lara Spencer is shooting down rumors that she was angry Nancy O'Dell – and not Spencer – is replacing Mary Hart on Entertainment Tonight.
"That couldn't be further from the truth," The Insider host tells PEOPLE. "There's no feud. I have a great job. I host a show that I love and that I helped launch."
As for O'Dell, Spencer says the former Access Hollywood co-host "is a really great choice. I've known her for years and she's going to be a great addition to the team. There's nothing but love – and I mean that."
Originally posted 11/08/2010 08:30PM
Mary Hart is preparing to bid farewell to Entertainment Tonight – and Nancy O'Dell has been named as her successor.
"I remember watching Entertainment Tonight when it first premiered and dreaming about working for the show someday," O'Dell says. "I am honored to be the one chosen to fill a TV legend's seat and I hope I can do her proud!"
Over the summer, Hart, 60, announced her plans to leave the show in 2011 after nearly 30 years on ET.
Originally posted 01/15/2010 05:30PM
Book author and former Access Hollywood host Nancy O'Dell has another trick up her fashionable sleeve: She's launching an outdoor furniture line.
Months after debuting her book, Full of Life: Mom to Mom Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Pregnant, O'Dell, 43, is coming out with an aptly named Red Carpet line of outdoor furnishings.
"It is a high-end, outdoor furniture line worthy of the red carpet," she says, "A-list furniture, so to speak."
Originally posted 12/17/2009 04:40PM
Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell is leaving her job two years before her contract expires. Her last show will be this week.
"The original member of the Access Hollywood family, co-anchor and respected broadcast journalist Nancy O'Dell, has chosen to leave the show after 13 years," says a statement from her rep. "O’Dell appreciates NBC’s cooperation as she begins this next chapter in her career. Even though she will be leaving for a new opportunity, this decision is based totally on Nancy’s desire to take her career to the next level and is completely amicable. She will continue on with projects as a broadcast entertainment journalist."
Originally posted 08/21/2009 03:30PM
This weekend, Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell is teaming up with
the World Wrestling Entertainment's Summer Slam Weekend to celebrate the
kick off of her new charity, Betty's
The charity is named in honor of O'Dell's mother Betty, who died in June 2008 at the age of 74, seven months after being diagnosed with ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Originally posted 04/17/2009 12:30PM
All sorts of progress is being made in Nancy O'Dell's household these days: The Access Hollywood co-host, who injured her knee while rehearsing for Dancing with the Stars, is making strides after surgery last month – and her daughter Ashby, 22 months, is learning how to talk.
"Her first word was 'apple,' " says O'Dell, whose book, Full of Life, hit bookstores this week. "I opened the fridge and she pointed at an apple and just blurted it out. I started jumping up and down and screaming and dancing! She must think apple is the most delicious fruit on the planet by my reaction."
After her "apple" epiphany, little Ashby just kept going from there. "Now, she is repeating everything we say like a parrot," says O'Dell. "She loves to say 'I did it' when she completes a task. But my favorite is when she asks me for something and says, 'Mama, peeeaaassse!' It sounds so sweet, I pretty much give her anything she wants."
Originally posted 03/24/2009 06:10PM
She's not quite ready to hit the dance floor yet, but Nancy O'Dell is on the path to recovery!
The Access Hollywood co-host, who had to pull out of Dancing with the Stars before the season premiere earlier this month, is resting at home after knee surgery.
"I feel pretty good considering I just had surgery a few days ago!" O'Dell tells PEOPLE, revealing she had torn her meniscus in two places and had arthroscopic knee surgery March 20.
Originally posted 06/12/2008 12:25PM
Access Hollywood host Nancy O'Dell is mourning the loss of her mother, Betty, who died at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., last weekend after a battle with ALS. She was 74.
Elizabeth "Betty" Sawyer Humphries, a lifelong South Carolinian and a retired schoolteacher, was diagnosed with ALS, a neuromuscular disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, last November. In April, O'Dell opened up about her mom's illness with the hope of raising awareness. "Right now, there is no cure,” she told PEOPLE at the time.
In a statement on Access Hollywood's Web site, Betty was remembered as "relentlessly positive, with a strong faith in God and never an unkind word. The silver linings in this deeply painful time for Nancy are these – it was quick after diagnosis so Betty didn’t suffer much and thus her mom will be remembered as she was known: full of life and love."
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