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Niecy Nash          

Emmy Award-Winning Actress Known for Starring as Desna Simms on "Claws"

With her signature flower in her hair, Niecy Nash never fails to make an impression. Known for serving as the host and producer of Style Network's "Clean House" from 2003 to 2010, Nash is an Emmy Award-winning actress. Her other notable roles have included playing nurse Denise "DiDi" Ortley in the HBO comedy "Getting On" (2013-2015) and starring as Desna Simms in TNT's crime comedy-drama "Claws" (2017-).

In 2019, she played Delores Wise, the mother of one of the wrongfully convicted Central Park Five boys, in Ava DuVernay's Netflix miniseries "When They See Us."

Despite all her breathtaking performances as an actress, Nash's own personal journey is far more interesting than anything a Hollywood writer could invent.

Raised in Compton, California, she always dreamed of becoming a performer. At 15, she watched as her mother's boyfriend shot her mom. Her mother survived, but eight years later Nash's younger brother was shot to death at his high school. Nash used her gift of comedy to help her mother overcome her depression.

In order to "laugh to keep from crying," she became a comic who found her own voice out of tragedy.

A successful actress, host, producer and mother, Nash cuts through the "mayhem and foolishness" to bring a surprising, touching and truly inspiring message of joy to audiences everywhere.

Her 2013 book "It's Hard to Fight Naked" shows you how to think differently about traditional norms and matters of the heart in the straightforward, funny and tell-it-like-it-is style only she can deliver.

In 2015 and 2016, Nash starred as Denise Hemphill in the horror-comedy series "Scream Queens."

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The Best Is Yet To Come

Sometimes the most inspiring words come from the most unexpected sources. To observe the joyous whirlwind that is Niecy Nash, you’d never guess the rocky road she has traveled to get to where she is now—a successful actress, host, producer and mother. A witness to extreme domestic violence and family tragedy, she saw her comedy skills as a gift, and she was determined not to let her circumstances keep her from becoming the successful and happy person she was meant to be.

Beloved by her fans and viewers, Nash is truly a woman who’s “been there, done that.” She believes that every person has their own gifts and that where they start in life does not determine how far they can go. Her authenticity goes straight to the heart of any issue and her joy and faith in what life has to offer is contagious.

Niecy: The Perfect Host

With her warm personality and an undeniable talent for connecting with people from all walks of life, Niecy as your host or emcee makes any event unforgettable and fun.

News


Niecy Nash Trying to Stay 'Present' Through 'Selma' Golden Globe ...

Niecy Nash has come a long way from her days on Reno 911! Her latest movie, Selma, was recognized with four nominations at the Golden Globes early ...

Niecy Nash wants more diversity at Emmy Awards - Washington Times

Niecy Nash says the Emmy Awards have more work to do when it comes to the diversity of nominees.

'Scream Queens' Star Niecy Nash on Loving Jamie Lee Curtis ...

Niecy Nash admits she isn't exactly a fan of horror movies. But she couldn't resist when executive producer Ryan Murphy called her to offer her the role of ...

Niecy Nash To Star In Fox Comedy Pilot 'The Enforcers' | Deadline

Niecy Nash has been tapped as one of the two leads in The Enforcers, Fox's single-camera comedy pilot from Warner Bros. TV.

Niecy Nash Cried in Front of Strangers Thanks to Her Getting On ...

Attention diners: If you saw Niecy Nash crying on the morning of Thursday, July 14, it was for a very good reason: The Getting On star had just picked up her ...

Niecy Nash Joins TNT's 'Claws' Pilot | Deadline

Niecy Nash has joined the cast of TNT's Claws pilot, an hour-long scripted dramedy set in a Southern Florida nail salon.

EXCLUSIVE: Niecy Nash Applauds Steve Harvey for Owning Up to ...

Actress Niecy Nash had a front row view of Steve Harvey's Miss Universe blunder while sitting at the pageant judges' table, where the vibe was "intense.".

Nominee Niecy Nash Rocks Christian Siriano at Emmys 2016 ...

Nominee Niecy Nash Rocks Christian Siriano at Emmys 2016! Niecy Nash is a vision in a white dress on the red carpet at the 2016 Emmy Awards held at the ...

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