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Also Known As: Francine Drescher Died:
Born: September 30, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, screenwriter, food manufacturer

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Turning the jarring juxtaposition of her nasally New York accent and fashion model looks into an endearing signature persona, actress Fran Drescher found fame as a brassy and sassy Lucille Ball-like character on one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1990s. After making her minor, but memorable film debut in "Saturday Night Fever" (1977), Drescher was seen regularly in small parts in films like "Ragtime" (1981), "Doctor Detroit" (1983) and "This is Spinal Tap" (1984). Unsuccessful attempts at landing a television series of her own, which included "Charmed Lives" (ABC, 1986) and "Princesses" (CBS, 1991), eventually gave way to sitcom stardom as the outspoken au pair Fran Fine on the hit comedy "The Nanny" (CBS, 1993-99). The show's popularity also enabled its star to pursue lead roles in such feature films as "The Beautician and the Beast" (1997). Drescher later became an awareness advocate after being diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2000, an illness from which she fully recovered following aggressive surgery. Continuing to mine personal experience for her creative endeavors, Drescher returned to television in "Happily Divorced" (TV Land, 2011- ), a sitcom inspired by her real life ex-husband coming...

Turning the jarring juxtaposition of her nasally New York accent and fashion model looks into an endearing signature persona, actress Fran Drescher found fame as a brassy and sassy Lucille Ball-like character on one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1990s. After making her minor, but memorable film debut in "Saturday Night Fever" (1977), Drescher was seen regularly in small parts in films like "Ragtime" (1981), "Doctor Detroit" (1983) and "This is Spinal Tap" (1984). Unsuccessful attempts at landing a television series of her own, which included "Charmed Lives" (ABC, 1986) and "Princesses" (CBS, 1991), eventually gave way to sitcom stardom as the outspoken au pair Fran Fine on the hit comedy "The Nanny" (CBS, 1993-99). The show's popularity also enabled its star to pursue lead roles in such feature films as "The Beautician and the Beast" (1997). Drescher later became an awareness advocate after being diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2000, an illness from which she fully recovered following aggressive surgery. Continuing to mine personal experience for her creative endeavors, Drescher returned to television in "Happily Divorced" (TV Land, 2011- ), a sitcom inspired by her real life ex-husband coming out to Drescher as a gay man years earlier. A perfect example of playing to one's strengths, Drescher turned her adenoidal yet adorable personality into a veritable cottage industry as an actress, producer, writer and wellness advocate.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Nanny Cartoon Christmas Special, The (2000) Series Creator ("The Nanny")

CAST: (feature film)

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2.
 Reef 2, The (2012)
3.
 Reef, The (2007)
4.
 Picking Up the Pieces (2000) Sister Frida
5.
 Beautician and the Beast, The (1997) Joy Miller
6.
 Jack (1996) Dolores Durante
7.
 No-Tell Hotel, The (1994) Linda
8.
 Car 54, Where Are You? (1994) Velma Velour
9.
 Without Warning: Terror in the Towers (1993) Rosemarie Russo
10.
 We're Talkin' Serious Money (1991) Valerie
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Voted Miss New York Teenager
1977:
Landed a bit part in "Saturday Night Fever"; delivered memorable line, "Are you as good in bed as you are on the dance floor?" in her feature film debut
1978:
Earliest TV work included a role in the TV-movie "Stranger in Our House" (NBC)
1978:
First gained recognition in the feature "American Hot Wax"
1984:
Made a memorable cameo in Rob Reiner's spoof "This Is Spinal Tap"
1988:
Started company Loaf & Kisses Gourmet Croutons
1990:
Made her first screen appearance opposite Robin Williams in "Cadillac Man"
1991:
Appeared in stage play "The Rug Merchants of Chaos" (Pasadena)
1991:
Co-starred as Melissa Kirschner on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Princesses"
1993:
Landed breakout television role as Fran Fine on the CBS sitcom "The Nanny"; also created show idea and made producing debut
1996:
Co-starred opposite Robin Williams in Francis Ford Coppola's "Jack"
1996:
Signed two-picture deal with Caravan and TriStar
1997:
Starred in the film "The Beautician and the Beast"
1998:
Made directorial debut with an episode of her sitcom "The Nanny"
1998:
Executive produced, wrote and directed the MTV pilot "Daytrippers"
1999:
Announced in January that she was ending production on the CBS sitcom "The Nanny"
1999:
Signed to make Broadway acting debut in "Sweet Deliverance"; production put on hold
2003:
Starred in the ABC movie "Beautiful Girl"
2005:
Cast as a divorcée on The WB comedy "Living with Fran"
2006:
Joined the cast of Neil LaBute's off-Broadway play "Some Girl(s)" co-starring Eric McCormack
2008:
Guest starred on HBO's "Entourage"
2010:
Hosted the daytime talk program "The Fran Drescher Show"
2011:
Created, executive produced and starred in "Happily Divorced" (TV Land) about a divorced couple (Drescher and John Michael Higgins) who still live together even though he's gay; premise based on Drescher's real-life marriage to ex-husband and co-creator Peter Marc Jacobson
2012:
Voiced Frankenstein's wife in animated feature "Hotel Transylvania"
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Education

Parsons Junior High School: Flushing , New York -
P S 165: Flushing , New York -
Hillcrest High School: Jamaica , New York - 1975

Notes

"I'm not Meryl Streep. I'm a pretty girl with a funny voice. It's an odd combination, but that's the package." --Fran Drescher to USA Today, November 2, 1993.

"With characters I've done in the past, I've almost always rewritten my dialogue so that it isn't abrasive. Very often I'm doing roles that were written by a man who tends to write a mean-spirited character because he's working something through with his 'muhthuh'...If all my characters end up being from one region of the globe, I'm not 'bittuh' about it. That's fine, because just within New York there is probably unfolding every human conflict you can imagine." --Drescher quoted in Entertainment Weekly, November 5, 1993.

"A beautiful babe with a voice like this is rare. I'm funny even when I'm not telling a joke." --Drescher, quoted in Us, November 1995.

in addition to being partners in the production company High School Sweethearts, Drescher and Jacobson launched Loaf and Kisses Gourmet Croutons in 1988.

In 1996, a talking "Nanny" doll went on sale.

Drescher's Pomeranian, Chester, has appeared with her in "The Nanny" and "Cadillac Man."

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Peter Marc Jacobson. Actor, food manufacturer. Married on November 4, 1978; high school sweethearts and partners in production company High School Sweethearts; co-produced "The Nanny" with Drescher; separated in October 1996; reportedly reconciled by December 1997; separated again; filed for divorce in October 1999.
companion:
Gary Oseary. Record executive. Dated in 1999.
companion:
Michael Angelo. Born c. 1974; together from summer 1999.

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father:
Morton Drescher. Civilian executive systems analyst. With wife, has appeared as a contributor on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show".
mother:
Sylvia Drescher. Saleswoman. Was the inspiration for the title character's mother on "The Nanny"; with husband, has appeared as a contributor on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show".

Bibliography close complete biography

"Enter Whining" HarperCollins
"Cancer Schmancer" Warner Books

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