Francine Joy Drescher is an American actress, comedian, writer, activist, and trade union leader who was born on September 30, 1957. Drescher is best known for her role as Fran Fine in the television sitcom “The Nanny,” which she co-created and produced with her then-husband Peter Marc Jacobson from 1993 to 1999. She made her film debut in 1977’s “Saturday Night Fever,” and went on to star in “American Hot Wax” (1978) and Wes Craven’s horror picture “Stranger in Our House” (1978). She has been a part of the animated “Hotel Transylvania” film series since 2012. We’re all looking forward to her big day today.
Fran Drescher was born in Flushing, Queens. She was reared in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, as the daughter of Sylvia and Morty Drescher. Her ancestors hail from Southeast and Central Europe. She went to Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, Queens, after attending Parsons Junior High in Flushing, which has since gone defunct.
Drescher got her first break in 1977, as a dancer in the film “Saturday Night Fever.” With flicks like “American Hot Wax” and “Summer of Fear,” she received additional popularity the following year. She was a somewhat successful actress in the 1980s and 1990s. She returned to television in the 2000s, playing both guest and lead roles. She reappeared two years later with the sitcom “Living with Fran,” in which she played Fran Reeves, a middle-aged mother of two living with a man half her age, after appearing in the short-lived “Good Morning, Miami” in 2003. Later that year, she portrayed a female golem in an episode of “The Simpsons,” guest-starred in an episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and voiced a shark in “Shark Bait.” The next year, she starred in “Thank God You’re Here,” an American adaptation of an Australian improv comedy series. After several failed projects, including “The New Thirty,” “The Fran Drescher Tawk Show,” and “Happily Divorced,” Drescher made her Broadway debut in 2014, with the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”. She replaced Harriet Harris as the stepmother. The 10-week contract ended in April 2015. She also appeared in “Enter Whining” (1996), “Cancer Schmancer” (2002), and “Being Wendy” (2003).
When Fran Drescher was 15, she met Peter Marc Jacobson. They met in high school and married at the age of 21. The couple had a formal separation in 1996 but it was not until 1999 that they got divorced. They didn’t have any children.
Drescher's first break comes in the film “Saturday Night Fever,” when she plays dancer Connie.
She portrays Concert Goer in “Saturday Night Live” (also known as “S.N.L.”) an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show.
She and Jacobson create “The Nanny” which airs on C.B.S.
Hillary Clinton bestows Drescher with the City of Hope’s ‘Spirit of Life Award.’
Drescher is honored as a guest of honor at the Dancer against Cancer charity ball at the Imperial Palace in Vienna, Austria, on April 10, 2010.
Drescher makes her Broadway debut with the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella.”
Drescher campaigns for president of the SAG-AFTRA union and wins in September 2021.
Why We Love Fran Drescher
She supports the L.G.B.T. community
After her ex-husband came out as gay, Drescher worked to defend L.G.B.T. rights. She also said the divorce was mostly motivated by her desire to change professions.
She is charitable
Drescher appeared with Bryan Cranston, Idina Menzel, and Denzel Washington at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition in April 2014. Drescher also became an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church Monastery so that she can officiate L.G.B.T. wedding ceremonies.
She’s involved in politics
Senator Hillary Clinton was Drescher's choice for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2008 and even went to a Clinton Super Democrat event. Drescher stated that she considered running for the United States Senate in 2008 to replace Hillary Clinton, but decided against it. In 2012, she endorsed Barack Obama for re-election. She stated in an interview in 2017 that she is overtly anti-capitalist and that she is pleased to see the Green Party gaining ground.
5 Surprising Facts
She survived cancer
In the year 2000, Drescher received a health scare after it was found that she had uterine cancer.
Eight different doctors misdiagnosed her
Drescher had to wait two years and see eight doctors before finding out that she had cancer.
She was assaulted
Drescher and a friend were assaulted at gunpoint at her house by two burglars in 1985, but she managed to help the police catch the perpetrators.
She took on an interesting gig
Drescher had a great time acting for a root beer commercial which served as her stepping stone to the acting world.
She loves to sing
Drescher told "Variety" that, although she isn't a professional singer by any means, she enjoys singing for fun and would consider appearing in a musical.
Fran Drescher FAQs
What is Fran Drescher's diet?
She eats an almost entirely organic diet.
Does Fran Drescher have children??
No, she does not.
How old was Fran Drescher during “The Nanny”??
She was 35 years old.
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