HOLLYWOOD — Actress Niecy Nash, star of the TNT dramedy “Claws” and a two-time Primetime Emmy nominee and Daytime Emmy winner, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame July 11.
Producer Ryan Murphy and actor/comedian Cedric “The Entertainer” were among those joining Nash at the ceremony in front of the Eastown apartment complex on Hollywood Boulevard.
Murphy produced the Fox horror comedy “Scream Queens” on which Nash had a recurring role. Cedric “The Entertainer” co-starred with Nash in the 2012-16 TV Land comedy “The Soul Man” and the 2007 action film comedy “Code Name: The Cleaner.”
Nash joked that she called her mother the night before and told her, “Oh my gosh, I don’t have a speech.”
“And my mother said, ‘Well, that’s all right, just get up there and thank me,’” Nash said. “I said I will do that, but first I want to thank God. I want to thank him, then my mother and family, my husband, I love you.”
She said she remembered watching television with her grandmother when she was 5 years old, and she saw Lola Falana on the screen.
“I said I want to do that. I want to be black, fabulous and on TV,” Nash said. “And I am that. I will tell you, every day I don’t feel fabulous, but I still show up. I show up and I play fabulous until it meets me where I am.”
Nash received outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series Primetime Emmy nominations in 2015 and 2016 for her performances as nurse Denise “DiDi” Ortley in the 2013-15 HBO comedy “Getting On.”
For hosting and producing “Clean House,” Nash shared the 2010 Daytime Emmy it won for outstanding special class special for the episode titled, “The Messiest Home In the Country.”
Nash also received Daytime Emmy nominations as a producer when the Style Network home makeover and interior design series was nominated in 2009 outstanding special class special and outstanding lifestyle program and in 2010 when it was nominated as outstanding lifestyle program.
In “Claws,” Nash portrays the owner of a nail salon in Manatee County, Florida, who works alongside her staff to launder money from Suncoast Rejuvenation, a mob-owned barely legal pain clinic.
“Claws” was renewed for a third season on July 2.
Born Carol Denise Ensley on Feb. 23, 1970, Nash received a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills, majoring in theater arts.
Nash made her film debut portraying a woman in a diner in the 1995 comedy-drama “Boys on the Side.” Her first television appearance came in a 1996 episode of the Fox drama “Party of Five.”
Nash is best known for her role as Deputy Raineesha Williams in “Reno 911!” Comedy Central’s 2003-09 unscripted spoof of the long-running Fox alternative series “Cops.”
Nash’s other television credits include a stint as a correspondent on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” starring in the short-lived Fox comedy “Do Not Disturb,” recurring roles on the Fox comedy “The Bernie Mac Show” and Showtime period drama “Masters of Sex,” and guest-starring roles “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “NYPD Blue” and “Judging Amy.”
Nash’s other film credits include “Selma,” “Guess Who,” “G-Force” and “Downsizing.”
“Niecy Nash is one exceptional star who grabs your attention with her antics and great personality,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “She embodies characters that everyone can relate to and appeals to fans around the world.”