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Fran Drescher Biography

Birth Name:
Francine Joy Drescher
Birth Place:
Queens, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Was a runner-up in the Miss New York Teenager pageant
  • Made her feature-film debut in 1977's Saturday Night Fever, asking John Travolta's character, "Are you as good in bed as you are on the dance floor?" Pitched her idea for The Nanny to CBS entertainment president Jeff Sagansky while sitting next to him on a flight to Paris
  • Wrote about being sexually assaulted in her 1996 book Enter Whining; and about her battle with uterine cancer in the 2002 memoir Cancer Schmancer
  • In 2007 founded the Cancer Schmancer Movement, a nonprofit dedicated to cancer prevention and early detection; cancer survivor Drescher's own cancer was initially misdiagnosed
  • Appeared on Oprah Winfrey in 2011 to discuss her relationship with ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson, who came out as gay following the dissolution of their 21-year marriage

Awards

  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1996Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress for a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1996Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated

Relationships