Fran Drescher

Actor, Producer, Director
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 ... Read more »
Born: 09/30/1957 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (74)

Hotel Transylvania 2 2015 (Movie)

Eunice (Voice)

The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Brave Miss World 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Happily Divorced 1992 - 1999, 2009 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Hotel Transylvania 2012 (Movie)

Eunice (Voice)

Living with Fran 1992 - 1999, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Nanny 1992 - 1999, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Reef 2 2011 (Movie)

Pearl (Voice)

Civil Wars 1992 - 1999, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glenn Martin, DDS 1994 - 1999, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Live From Lincoln Center: Camelot 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Reef 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Aunt Pearl (Actor)

TV's Greatest Sidekicks 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Women Rock! 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Squares 1998 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1993 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Marshalls' Women In Comedy 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Lifestory: Rosie O'Donnell 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Picking Up the Pieces 2000 (Movie)

Sister Frida (Actor)

Influences: From Yesterday to Today 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

25th International Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Deconstructing Harry 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simple Life 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

True or False: Teenagers Mean Trouble 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

4th Annual VH1 Honors 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beautician and the Beast 1997 (Movie)

Joy Miller (Actor)

The Ruby Wax Show 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Very Personal With Naomi Judd 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood's Most Powerful Women 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack 1996 (Movie)

Dolores Durante (Actor)

Oy to the World 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Up For the Golden Globes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual American Comedy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Car 54, Where Are You? 1994 (Movie)

Velma Velour (Actor)

Today at Night 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The No-Tell Hotel 1993 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

Princesses 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

We're Talkin' Serious Money 1992 (Movie)

Valerie (Actor)

Cadillac Man 1990 (Movie)

Joy Munchak (Actor)

Hurricane Sam 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Wedding Band 1990 (Movie)

Veronica (Actor)

The Big Picture 1989 (Movie)

Polo Habel (Actor)

UHF 1989 (Movie)

Pamela Finklestein (Actor)

What's Alan Watching? 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

P.O.P. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rosebud Beach Hotel 1984 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

Bobbi Flekman (Actor)

I'd Rather Be Calm 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Doctor Detroit 1981 (Movie)

Karen Blittstein (Actor)

The Hollywood Knights 1980 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

G.O.R.P. 1979 (Movie)

Evie (Actor)

Stranger in Our House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

American Hot Wax 1978 (Movie)

Sheryl (Actor)

Saturday Night Fever 1977 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

Beautiful Girl (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Fame (TV Show)

Actor

Love and Betrayal (TV Show)

Actor

Rock 'n' Roll Mom (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

The Beautician and the Beast 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Michael Angelo

Companion
Born c. 1974 Together summer 1999

Shiva Ayyadurai

Husband
First acknowledged relationship in fall 2013. Married on September 7, 2014.

Morton Drescher

Father
With wife, appeared as a contributor on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show"

Sylvia Drescher

Mother
Inspired the title character's mother on "The Nanny" With husband, appeared as a contributor on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show"

Peter Marc Jacobson Director

Husband
Began dating in high school Married Nov. 4, 1978; were partners in production company High School Sweethearts and co-produced "The Nanny" (CBS) Separated October 1996; later revealed Jacobson was gay Divorced 1999 Co-created and produced "Happily Divorced" (TV Land) based on their relationship

Gary Oseary

Companion
Dated 1999

EDUCATION

Hillcrest High School

Jamaica , New York 1975
was classmate of Ray Romano and future husband Peter Marc Jacobson

P S 165

Flushing , New York

Parsons Junior High School

Flushing , New York

attended cosmetology school

Milestones

2012

Voiced Frankenstein's wife in animated feature "Hotel Transylvania"

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 P

2010

Hosted the daytime talk program "The Fran Drescher Show"

2008

Guest starred on HBO's "Entourage"

2006

Joined the cast of Neil LaBute's off-Broadway play "Some Girl(s)" co-starring Eric McCormack

2005

Cast as a divorcée on The WB comedy "Living with Fran"

2003

Starred in the ABC movie "Beautiful Girl"

1999

Signed to make Broadway acting debut in "Sweet Deliverance"; production put on hold

1999

Announced in January that she was ending production on the CBS sitcom "The Nanny"

1998

Executive produced, wrote and directed the MTV pilot "Daytrippers"

1998

Made directorial debut with an episode of her sitcom "The Nanny"

1997

Starred in the film "The Beautician and the Beast"

1996

Co-starred opposite Robin Williams in Francis Ford Coppola's "Jack"

1996

Signed two-picture deal with Caravan and TriStar

1993

Landed breakout television role as Fran Fine on the CBS sitcom "The Nanny"; also created show idea and made producing debut

1991

Appeared in stage play "The Rug Merchants of Chaos" (Pasadena)

1991

Co-starred as Melissa Kirschner on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Princesses"

1990

Made her first screen appearance opposite Robin Williams in "Cadillac Man"

1988

Started company Loaf & Kisses Gourmet Croutons

1984

Made a memorable cameo in Rob Reiner's spoof "This Is Spinal Tap"

1978

First gained recognition in the feature "American Hot Wax"

1978

Earliest TV work included a role in the TV-movie "Stranger in Our House" (NBC)

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

Voted Miss New York Teenager

Bonus Trivia

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In addition to being partners in the production company High School Sweethearts, Drescher and ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson launched Loaf and Kisses Gourmet Croutons in 1988.

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In 1996, a talking doll based on her character on "The Nanny" was released.

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Drescher's Pomeranian Chester appeared with her on "The Nanny" and in the film "Cadillac Man."

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In June 2000, Drescher underwent surgery to remove a cancerous growth in her uterus.

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