O’Dell Pegged for Hollywood Christmas Parade

The 87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, the largest Christmas celebration in America, announced that “Entertainment Tonight’s” Nancy O’Dell has been named the grand marshal for this year’s landmark anniversary event.

Presented and produced by Associated Television International, the live parade, which happens in association with The City of Los Angeles, will take place on Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. The parade telecast will be hosted by Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams, with special co-hosts Elizabeth Stanton and Garrett Clayton. The event will include live musical performances that will take place on two stages and will feature The Marine Toys For Tots.

The 87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will premiere as a two-hour special on The CW Network on Monday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. The parade will air to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide on American Forces Network also.

A true Hollywood yearly tradition, the parade attracts more than one million in attendance each year, with larger-than-life inflatable character balloons and celebrity-filled cars making the much heralded trek down the over three mile parade route.

Emmy Award-winning journalist O’Dell is one of the country’s most respected and leading entertainment journalists. She is co-host of the most-watched entertainment news program in the world, three-time Emmy Award-winning “Entertainment Tonight.” With more than 20 years of experience, O’Dell contributes to “CBS This Morning” and is a go-to anchor for live TV specials. For 17 consecutive years she has hosted the Tournament of Roses Parade.

In addition to her broadcast journalism career, O’Dell is also a published best-selling author. After her novel “Full Of Love: Mom-to-Mom Advice for Enriching Families with Simple Photo Albums and Scrapbooking” was published, O’Dell teamed up with Creative Memories to launch her own photo album line titled The Nancy O’Dell Collection.

O’Dell has been honored with three Emmy Awards, three Associated Press Awards and two Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Awards and has been nominated for several additional Emmys.

After her mother passed away in 2008 from complications related to ALS, O’Dell became a national vice president of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and serves as the spokesperson for ALS.net. In August 2009, MDA, O’Dell and O’Dell’s family formed a foundation in her mother’s name called Betty’s Battle: Fighting ALS.

A native of South Carolina, O’Dell is a summa cum laude graduate of Clemson University finishing with the highest obtainable honors in the top 2% of her class. In May 2013, during spring commencement ceremonies, Clemson University awarded O’Dell with an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.