Name:
Fran Drescher
Birth Date:
September 30, 1957
Birth Place:
Flushing, New York, USA
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Her role as Fran Fine on the CBS sitcom The Nanny
Profession:
actress
Education:
PS 165 in Flushing, New York
BIOGRAPHY
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Fran Drescher
The Nanny

Background:

American actress of Italian and Russian Jewish descent Fran Drescher gained fame and recognition while portraying Fran Fine, a charming and bubbly young girl who became the nanny of three kids in the CBS hit sitcom “The Nanny” (1993-1999), for which she was nominated for the Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. In 2008, she won the TV Land Award for Favorite Nanny. The brunette comic actress strengthened her reputation as a leading sitcom star with “Living With Fran” (2005–2006) and “Happily Divorced” (2011–2013).  Drescher is also known for her roles on films such as “Saturday Night Fever” (1977, starring John Travolta), Rob Reiner’s “This Is Spinal Tap” (1984), the musical “American Hot Wax” (1978, opposite Tim McIntire), “Cadillac Man” (1990, with Robin Williams), Francis Ford Coppola’s “Jack” (1996), “The Beautician and the Beast” (1997) and “Slay” (2005).

Off screen, Drescher, whose measurements are 34B-24-34 ½, was named one of People magazine's 50 “Most Beautiful People in the world” in 1996. A good friend of actors Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon, Drescher was Patient Advocate on the External Advisory Board for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas and the recipient of the Public Service Award from the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation in 2002. An accomplished writer, Drescher released an autobiography called “Enter Whining” in 1996, in which she revealed she had been sexually assaulted in a robbery. Her second book, “Cancer Schmancer,” detailing her experience after being diagnosed with uterine cancer, was published  in early 2000s.

As for her romantic life, the brazenly sexy beauty was married to actor Peter Marc Jacobson from 1978 to 1999. After the divorce, Drescher was romantically involved with Gary Oseary (together in 1999) and Michael Angelo (dated in 1999). After selling her Spanish home to Alfred Gough, the actress currently resides in Malibu, California.       


Studious Frannie

Childhood and Family:

Daughter of Morton Drescher, a civilian executive systems analyst and Sylvia Drescher, a saleswoman, Francine Joy Drescher, who would late be popular as Fran Drescher, was born on September 30, 1957, in Flushing, New York. She has an older sister named Nadine. As a toddler, she spent a great deal of times watching “I Love Lucy.”

Born to Jewish parents, Francine, who carried the nickname Frannie, was a serious girl and was relatively popular in school. She attended PS 165 in Flushing, New York and Parsons Junior High School in Flushing, New York before going to the same school as Ray Romano at Hillcrest High School in Queens, New York. While there, she joined a performing group and was once advised by her teachers to throw away her thick Queens accent if she wanted to be a successful actress. Ignoring the suggestion, the girl promoted herself by entering a teen beauty contest and won the second place for “Miss New York Teenager” at age 16.  Five years later, Frannie moved to Los Angeles to give acting a try.    

Frannie decided to marry her high school sweetheart, actor Peter Marc Jacobson, on November 4, 1978 following a six year of relationship. Sixteen years later, however, the couple became estranged and they finally divorced in 1999. Frannie does not have any children from the marriage, but  she claims her dog Chester is the best $500 dollars she ever spent. Unfortunately, her dog died  on December 25, 2000. She later became the proud owner of a new chocolate colored Pomeranian.
     

Living with Fran

Career:

Starting acting in high school, a first runner up for Miss Teen New York, Fran Drescher made her professional acting debut in the movie “Saturday Night Fever” (1977), playing bit part Connie and was memorable for uttering “Are you as good in bed as you are on the dance floor?” to John Travolta. Heading for Hollywood in the following year, she soon gained a little notice as Sheryl, the snappy secretary in Floyd Mutrux’s musical “American Hot Wax” (1978), starring opposite Tim McIntire. The same year, Drescher also broke into television with the made for TV film “Stranger in Our House.”

She continued to work in film and took home supporting roles in several unremarkable features, including “The Hollywood Knights” (1980), “Gorp” (1980) and “Doctor Detroit” (1983). In 1984, the actress once more attracted a small attention when she made a notable cameo as a plastic public relations director in Rob Reiner’s spoof  “This Is Spinal Tap.” A tragedy struck in the following year when robbers looted her apartment and raped her. Although it took many years for Drescher to defeat the torment and she required even longer to disclose this to the press, the calamity did not put an end to her career. She maintained her presence by performing in the series “Charmed Lives” (1986) and the short-lived sitcom “Princesses” (1991, opposite Julie Hagerty and Twiggy Lawson), television movies “Rock ‘n’ Roll Mom” (1988), “What’s Alan Watching?” (1989), “Love and Betrayal” (1989) and “Without Warning: Terror in the Towers” (1993), and films” UHF” (1989), “The Big Picture” (1989), “Wedding Band” (1990), “We're Talking Serious Money” (1992). In 1990, Drescher offered a better performance as Robin Williams’ buzzing mistress in the bumpy movie “Cadillac Man.”

Drescher’s big break arrived in 1993 when she was cast as attractive and bubbly young girl Fran Fine who casually became the nanny of three children in the CBS sitcom “The Nanny.” Co-created with then husband Peter Marc Jacobson, the sitcom was an immediate hit. As for Drescher, her sense of humor and charisma she endeared herself to the father of the children Maxwell Sheffield, an oppressive, composed, proper British gentleman and a Broadway producer (played by Charles Shaughnessy) brought Drescher a lot of recognition and subsequently made the actress a star. In addition, she received Emmy nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 1996 and 1997. She also was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical in 1996 and 1997. Drescher stayed with the role until 1999. In the meantime, she also served as an executive producer and directed an episode of “Call Me Fan.”

With a new found popularity, studios began yelling for Drescher’s services. After rejoining Robin Williams in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Jack” (1996), she penned two-picture deal with Caravan and TriStar. The following years, the actress starred as a Queens cosmetician in “The Beautician and the Beast” (1997), a comedy film executive produced by Drescher and her husband, and had triple duties as executive producer, writer and director in the MTV pilot “Daytrippers” (1998). She next played the lead in the short “Kid Quick” (2000) and co-starred with Woody Allen in “Picking Up the Pieces” (2000) before taking some time off to undergo surgery to remove a cancerous growth in her uterus in June 2000.

Three years later, Drescher was seen as the star of the made for TV film “Beautiful Girl” (2003) and played the recurring role of Robert Diaz in “Good Morning, Miami” (2003). After guest starring in “Strong Medicine,” “Phua Chu Kang” (both 2004) and “What I Like About You” (2005),  she was cast as Fran Reeves, the middle-aged mom of two living with Riley Martin (played by Ryan McPartlin), a guy half her age and just about older than her son in the WB sitcom “Living with Fran.” The show ran on The WB for two seasons from April 8, 2005 to March 24, 2006. Former “Nanny” co-star Charles Shaughnessy also appeared in the series as Drescher’s philandering ex-husband Ted.  Also in 2005, she embarked on the wide-screen film to play the small role of Virginia Mason in the David Steiman-helmed comedy “Santa’s Slay,” which starred Bill Goldberg and Douglas Smith. In 2006, she guest starred as  Elaine Dockerty in an episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” called “The War at Home” and provided he voice of Pearl for the animated film “Shark Bait.”        

Drescher next could be seen making guest appearances in television shows like “Live from Lincoln Center” (2008, playing Morgan Le Fay), “Entourage” (2008, playing Mrs. Levine) and “Glenn Martin DDS” (2010, voicing Arlene Stein). She also voiced the character Eunice on the animated film “Hotel Transylvania” (2012). However, Drescher did not return to series television as a regular until she starred as Fran Lovett (née Newman), an L.A. Florist, on the sitcom  “Happily Divorced,” which she also created with former husband Peter Marc Jacobson. The show ran on TV Land from June15, 2011 until February 13, 2013.

Drescher will play a role opposite Kevin Bacon and Matthew Broderick on the upcoming biopic “Skum Rocks!”, directed and co-written by Clay Westervelt.


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