The Nanny Fran Drescher: How Is She Today?

Roxana Anton

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Many of us were charmed back in the Nineties by "The Nanny", the super funny sitcom starring Miss Fran Fine, a Jewish fashionista from Queens, New York, who unexpectedly shows up at the door of famous Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield, and gets hired to take care of his three children.

A modern variant of Maria's nanny job from "The Sound of Music", Fran Fine is also a modern (in her unique, spicy style) fashionista, who only aims to get the successful Mr. Sheffield to marry her (as far as we understand, following her mother's dream and the dream of entire generations of Fine women).

If you didn't see this super-funny and relaxing sitcom yet, it might be the next good idea for the weekend, as Fran was America's favorite nanny of the Nineties.

Not only Fran was a unique entertainer in many ways.

Every actor starring in the sitcom played super-humorous parts. The repressed, running from commitment widower Mr. Sheffield was a knock-out. The hating-loving duel between his business partner, the acid blonde CC Babcock, and his brilliant, very talented butler Niles (who had only one name in the entire show, "just like Cher").

The sitcom has so much flavor and authentic humor that makes it probably one of the best.

After the six seasons ended in 1999, Fran appeared in many TV shows and even had her own - "The Fran Drescher Talk Show".

Her personal life though was not as colorful as nanny Fine's. In touching interviews, she confessed how her then-husband and co-writer of the show admitted to being gay and got a divorce, and about the devastating experience of being robbed and attacked in her house.

After these dark episodes, Fran got uterine cancer, and devoted her life to fighting against the disease, writing a book called "Cancer Schmancer" and patronizing a foundation with that same purpose.

You can find out more at cancerschmancer.org.

In the 2000s, Drescher reinforced her position as a leading sitcom star with "Living with Fran" and "Happily Divorced". Since 2012, she has starred in the animated "Hotel Transylvania film series." (source: Wikipedia)

She has appeared in films like Jack- a 1996 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Robin Williams.

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She made her Broadway debut in Cinderella as stepmother Madame. In 2020, she starred in the NBC comedy Indebted.

The national members of the trade union SAG-AFTRA, representing actors and other media professionals, elected Drescher as their new president on September 2, 2021. (source: Wikipedia)

We wish a happy life to an amazing actress, artist, activist, and television star, who had such a successful life and career, despite many challenges.

You enchanted our teenage years with your Nanny character, being such an inspiration and such a mind-blowing example for all who dare to be our original selves and follow our dreams.

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