The Emmy-winning actress and television personality, Niecy Nash, most recently starred as Glenda Cleveland in the Netflix series Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, which aired on Netflix on September 21. Created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, the program revolves around the eponymous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer (played by Evan Peters), whose 13-year murder spree began in 1978 and primarily targeted young gay men of color. The show details the circumstances that led to the birth of the famous ‘Milwaukee Monster’, as well as his eventual incarceration in 1991. The program focuses on the traumatic experiences of Dahmer’s victims and presents the event from the perspective of these victims and Dahmer’s neighbors.
The persona of Niecy Nash Glenda Cleveland was one of Dahmer’s neighbors who was one of the first to suspect his behavior and report him to the police.
5 things you might not know about Niecy Nash
1) Niecy Nash has a Drama degree from California State University.
It’s no surprise that Niecy Nash studied Drama at California State University as the degree undoubtedly helped her become a great actor. Niecy Nash previously revealed in an interview with Us Weekly:
When I was five years old, I decided I wanted to be an actor after seeing actress Lola Falana on television.
Although she started out booking airline bookings, Nash soon appeared on several famous programs, including the comedy series Reno 911!, Getting On, and When They See Us.
2) Nash has three children who are all actors.
Niecy Nash and her first husband, Don Nash, have three children. From 1994 to 2007, their marriage lasted 13 years. Their three children, Dominic, Donielle and Dia, are all performers in the entertainment world. Dominic and Donielle Nash can be seen in The Soul Man with their mother Nash. Donielle has also appeared in sitcoms such as Modern Family, Never Have I Ever and Grown-ish. Dia Nash appeared in several series with her mother, including Reno 911!, Claws and Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, in which she plays Sandra Smith, the daughter of Nash’s character Glenda Cleveland.
3) Niecy Nash and her now-wife also own a clothing business.
Niecy Nash came out as bisexual when she married singer Jessica Betts in a beautiful wedding ceremony in August 2020. The couple secretly dated until their wedding day, when they announced their engagement to the public. They were also the first same-sex couple to appear on the cover of Essence. Nash and Betts have collaborated on a clothing brand that honors love and Black LGBTQ greatness. The label, ‘Betts of Both Worlds’, integrates their married name and references to the project combining the best of both.
4) Nash is currently writing her second book on Oprah’s recommendation.
In 2013, Niecy Nash published It’s Hard To Fight Naked, a self-help book. Niecy confessed to Kevin Frazier in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that she is now writing a second book on the recommendation of Oprah Winfrey. She also said that Winfrey (a notorious Nash suitor) approached her about publishing a book about her revolutionary love story with Jessica Betts.
5) Nash has helped with several non-profit groups.
Nash has worked with a number of key organizations. She was the public face of the group MAVIS (Mothers Against Violence in Schools). Her mother founded the group in 1993 after Nash’s younger brother, Michael, was tragically killed in a school shooting that year. Niecy helped her mom run the MAVIS until they decided to close it down.
She has also volunteered for charities such as Dress for Success and the American Cancer Society. Nash also assisted Wendy Raquel Robinson, a friend and fellow actress, at Robinson’s Amazing Grace Conservatory, a nonprofit center that teaches and develops new performers in the performing arts.