Drescher, Fran 1957–

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Drescher, Fran 1957–


Full name, Francine Joy Drescher; born September 30, 1957, in Flushing, NY; daughter of Mort (a naval systems analyst) and Sylvia (a bridal consultant) Drescher; married Peter Marc Jacobson (a producer), November 4, 1978 (divorced, 1999). Education: Attended Queens College of the City University of New York and Ultissima Beauty Institute.

Addresses: Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Career: Actress, comedian, producer, director, and writer. Miss New York Teenager, runner-up, 1973; High School Sweethearts (production company), founder and partner with Peter Marc Jacobson; appeared in television commercials, including Hanes' Smooth Illusions, 1994, Three Musketeers, 1997–98, Old Navy, 2003, and Pizza Hut. Loaf and Kisses Gourmet Croutons, cofounder, 1988. M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, TX, patient advocate on the external advisory board.

Awards, Honors: "Five-Minute Oscar" Award, Esquire magazine, for American Hot Wax; American Comedy Award nomination, funniest female performer in a television series leading role—network, cable, or syndication, 1996, Emmy Award nominations, outstanding lead actress in a comedy, 1996, 1997, Golden Globe Award nominations, best television comedy or musical actress, 1996, 1997, Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a television series—musical or comedy, International Press Academy, 1997, and TV Guide Award nomination, favorite actress in a comedy, 1999, all for The Nanny; chosen as one of the fifty most beautiful people in the world, People Weekly, 1996; Public Service Award, Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, 2002.


Film Appearances:

Connie, Saturday Night Fever, Paramount, 1977.

Sheryl, American Hot Wax, Paramount, 1978.

Evie, G.O.R.P. (also known as Gorp), Filmways, 1980.

Sally, The Hollywood Knights, Columbia, 1980.

Mameh, Ragtime, Paramount, 1981.

Karen Blittstein, Doctor Detroit, Universal, 1982.

Bobbi Flekman, This Is Spinal Tap (also known as Spinal Tap), Embassy, 1984.

Young Lust, 1984.

Linda, The Rosebud Beach Hotel (also known as Big Lobby; re-released in 1994 as The No-Tell Hotel), Almi, 1985.

Polo Habel, The Big Picture, Columbia, 1989.

Pamela Finklestein, UHF (also known as The Vidiot from UHF), Orion, 1989.

It Had to Be You, 1989.

Joy Munchak, Cadillac Man, Orion, 1990.

Veronica, Wedding Band, IRS Releasing, 1990.

Valerie, We're Talkin' Serious Money, Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1992.

Velma Velour, Car 54, Where Are You? Orion, 1994.

Dolores "D. D." Durante, Jack, Buena Vista, 1996.

Joy Miller, The Beautician and the Beast, Paramount, 1997.

Herself, The Stars of Star Wars: Interviews from the Cast (documentary), IMC Vision, 1999.

Kerry, Kid Quick (short; also known as The Adventures of Kid Quick), 2000.

Virginia Mason, Santa's Slay, Lions Gate Films, 2005.

Film Work:

Executive producer, The Beautician and the Beast, Paramount, 1997.

Television Appearances; Series:

Melissa Kirschner, Princesses, CBS, 1991.

Fran Fine Sheffield, The Nanny, CBS, 1993–99.

Fran Reeves, Living with Fran, The WB, 2005–.

Also appeared in WIOU.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Herself, Heroes of Jewish Comedy, Comedy Central, 2003.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Carolyn, Stranger in Our House (also known as Summer of Fear), 1978.

Jody Levin, "Rock 'n' Roll Mom," Disney Sunday Movie, ABC, 1988.

Germaine, Love and Betrayal (also known as Throw Away Wives), CBS, 1989.

Rosemarie Russo, Without Warning: Terror in the Towers, NBC, 1993.

Sister Frida, Picking Up the Pieces, Cinemax, 2000. Amanda Wasserman, Beautiful Girl, ABC Family, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Today at Night, NBC, 1994.

Comic Relief VII, HBO, 1995.

Interviewee, Hollywood's Most Powerful Women, E! Entertainment Television, 1995.

Voice of Nanny Fran Fine, Oy to the World (animated; also known as The Nanny Christmas Special: Oy to the World), CBS, 1995.

Up for the Golden Globes, NBC, 1996.

Interviewee, Very Personal with Naomi Judd, Family Channel, 1997.

Canned Ham: Deconstructing Harry, Comedy Central, 1997.

Guest host, CBS: The First 50 Years, CBS, 1998.

Interviewee, Intimate Portrait: Judith Light, Lifetime, 1998.

To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th, CBS, 1998.

True or False: Teenagers Mean Trouble, CBS, 1998.

Influences: From Yesterday to Today, CBS, 1999.

Herself, Intimate Portrait: Fran Drescher (documentary), Lifetime, 1999.

Herself, Finding Lucy (documentary; also known as American Masters: Finding Lucy), PBS, 2000.

Lifestory: Rosie O'Donnell, Nickelodeon, 2001.

Marshalls' Women in Comedy, PAX, 2002.

Intimate Portrait: Lucille Ball, Lifetime, 2002.

The 3rd Annual Women Rock! Girls and Guitars, Lifetime, 2002.

CBS at 75, CBS, 2003.

TV's Greatest Sidekicks, Lifetime, 2004.

Presenter, Women Rock!, Lifetime, 2004.

The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember, Lifetime, 2004.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 9th Annual American Comedy Awards, 1995.

Host, The 4th Annual VH1 Honors, VH1, 1997.

Presenter, The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1997.

Presenter, The 25th International Emmy Awards, Thirteen (New York)/WNET, 1998.

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, UPN, 1998.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Carolyn Baker, Stranger in Our House (also known as Summer of Fear), NBC, 1978.

Leslie Harper Weinstein, I'd Rather Be Calm, CBS, 1982.

Maggie Newton, P.O.P., NBC, 1984.

Gail Hoffstetter, What's Alan Watching?, CBS, 1989.

Jo Finc, WIOU, 1990.

Rene Gianelli, Hurricane Sam (also known as Mother's Day), CBS, 1990.

Fran Fine, The Simple Life, CBS, 1998.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Rhonda, "Metamorphosis," Fame, NBC, 1982.

Mrs. Baker, "The Refrigerator," 227, NBC, 1985.

Carol Patrice, "The Heiress," Who's the Boss?, ABC, 1985.

Miriam Brody, "Author, Author," Night Court, NBC, 1986.

Joyce Columbus, "Charmed Lives," Who's the Boss?, ABC, 1986.

"Manos Arriba Mrs. Greely," Once a Hero, 1987.

Sales assistant, "By Stuff Possessed," The Tracy Ullman Show, Fox, 1989.

"The Second Greatest Story Ever Told," Dream On, HBO, 1990.

Roxanne, "Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades," ALF, 1990.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (also known as The Best of Carson), NBC, 1990, 1991.

Kathleen, "The Second Greatest Story Ever Told," Dream On, HBO, 1991.

The Dennis Miller Show, syndicated, 1992.

"A Bus Named Desire," Civil Wars, ABC, 1992.

Today at Night, NBC, 1994.

Late Show with David Letterman (also known as The Late Show), CBS, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998.

Interviewee, "Girlie Show," Space Ghost Coast to Coast (animated; also known as SGC2C), Cartoon Network, 1994.

Howard Stern, E! Entertainment Television, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2005.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002.

The Ruby Wax Show (also known as Ruby Wax Meets), Fox, 1997.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 1997, 2002, 2005.

Celebrity square, Hollywood Squares, syndicated, 1998.

Host and Bobbi Flekman, The List, VH1, 1999.

Herself, Mad TV, Fox, 1999.

The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (also known as The Late Late Show), CBS, 2003.

Herself, The Restaurant, NBC, 2003.

Dinner for Five, Independent Film Channel, 2003.

Roberta Diaz, "Fear and Loathing in Miami," Good Morning, Miami, NBC, 2003.

Roberta Diaz, "About a Ploy," Good Morning, Miami, NBC, 2003.

Roberta Diaz, "Three Weeks Notice," Good Morning, Miami, NBC, 2003.

Access Hollywood, syndicated, 2004.

Irene Slater, "Cinderella in Scrubs," Strong Medicine, Lifetime, 2004.

Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated, 2004, 2005.

Live with Regis and Kelly, syndicated, 2005.

Herself, "Malibu Charity Bash," I Married a Princess, Lifetime, 2005.

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Bravo, 2005.

Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC, 2005.

The View, ABC, 2005.

Herself, "Casting and Character Creation," TV Land Confidential, TV Land, 2005.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS, 2005.

Fran Reeves, "Girls Gone Wild," What I Like About You, The WB, 2005.

Herself, "Every Dog Had His Day," The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, NBC, 2005.

The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2005, 2006.

Also appeared in Nine to Five, syndicated.

Television Work; Series:

Creator and producer, The Nanny, CBS, 1993–97.

Executive producer, The Nanny, CBS, 1996–99.

Executive producer, Living with Fran, The WB, 2005–.

Television Work; Specials:

Executive producer, Oy to the World (animated), CBS, 1995.

Executive producer, The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember, Lifetime, 2004.

Television Work; Pilots:

Executive producer and director, Daytrippers, MTV, 1998.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Call Me Fran," The Nanny, CBS, 1998.

"Maggie's Wedding," The Nanny, CBS, 1999.

"Like Cures Like," Strong Medicine, Lifetime, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

The Exonerated, 45 Bleecker, New York City, c. 2002–2004.



Pamela Finklestein, "UHF," Alapalooza: The Videos, BMG Music, 1994.

Pamela Finklestein, "UHF," "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Videos, 1996.

Pamela Finkelstein, "UHF," "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection, Volcano Entertainment Group, 2003.


Television Specials:

Oy to the World (animated; also known as The Nanny Christmas Special: Oy to the World), CBS, 1995.

Television Pilots:

Daytrippers, MTV, 1998.

Television Stories; Pilots:

The Nanny, CBS, 1993.

Television Episodes:

(With Peter Marc Jacobson) "Christmas Episode," The Nanny, CBS, 1993.

(With Peter Marc Jacobson) "Personal Business," The Nanny, CBS, 1993.

(With Peter Marc Jacobson) "Schlepped Away," The Nanny, CBS, 1994.

(With Peter Marc Jacobson) "The Will," The Nanny, CBS, 1995.

(With Peter Marc Jacobson) "Oy to the World," The Nanny, CBS, 1995.

(With Peter Marc Jacobson, Robert Sternin, and Prudence Fraser) "The Chatterbox," The Nanny, CBS, 1995.

Television Stories; Episodic:

(With Robert Sternin) "Immaculate Conception," The Nanny, CBS, 1998.

"Healing with Fran," Living with Fran, The WB, 2006.


Enter Whining, Regan Books (New York City), 1996.

Cancer Schmancer, Warner Books (New York City), 2002.



People Weekly, September 2, 1996, p. 39; March 10, 1997, p. 39.