Producer, director, writer, and actress Fran Drescher has been at it for quite some time, though you may not know it. Her career started way back in the ‘70s (in 1977 to be exact) and again, you may not know it, but she has been in some well-known movies and TV series. Here’s where she is now.
DISCO WITH JOHN TRAVOLTA
“So, are you as good in bed as you are on the dance floor?” Fran Drescher’s first foray into the movie business was a part of the 1977 John Travolta disco dancing flick Saturday Night Fever. It wasn’t a big role, but it was a memorable one as she played Connie, delivering that classic line as one of the many trying to get into Travolta’s character’s, Tony Manero, pants.
Her first step into Hollywood have been a small one, but it was a step in the right direction.
FRAN DRESCHER FINDS COMEDY
Fran Drescher moved on quickly from Saturday Night Fever, jumped into American Hot Wax and then The Hollywood Knights. These were big movies in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. She was also seen in Ragtime, which happened to be legendary actor James Cagney’s final performance.
As time went on for Fran Drescher and the roles continued to pile up, a theme was beginning to take shape: Comedy. She started finding roles in movies such as Doctor Detroit, This is Spinal Tap, The Big Picture, and UHF. She also was seen on episodes of the TV series Nine to Five, Silver Spoons, 227, Who’s The Boss, Night Court, and Charmed Lives. She was also seen in the HBO comedy Dream On and was in the short-lived TV series Princesses that also starred Julie Hagerty (Airplane!) and actress/model Twiggy. While the series lasted one season, it set her up for her next big thing.
FRAN DRESCHER AS THE NANNY
You either loved it or you hated her voice. Fran Drescher’s Fran Fine was the owner of that nasally, whiney, heavily New York accented sound. It could drive a person crazy or, based on the six seasons the show aired, it could be a ratings bonanza.
Fran Drescher, along with ex-husband but married at the time, Peter Marc Jacobson, created The Nanny in 1993 and it pushed Drescher to the front of the line. Not only was Fran Drescher the creator, but she also penned many of the episodes.
In it, Drescher played a nanny-in-waiting who shows up on a rich man’s doorstep trying to sell cosmetics after being dumped by her boyfriend/employer. She inadvertently handles the three kids in the home, much to the chagrin of their father, a stuck-up British Broadway producer. Fran ends up taking the job as the Nanny of the three children. Comedic gold follows.
LIFE AFTER THE NANNY
During her time as The Nanny, Drescher also continued to make movies. She pretty much played her same character in Car 54, Where Are You?, Jack, and in one of her most notable movies: The Beautician and the Beast. There she starred opposite Timothy Dalton (James Bond franchise).
Fran Drescher worked steadily after The Nanny went off the air in 1999. The 2000s saw Drescher in TV series such as Good Morning, Miami, Strong Medicine, and What I Like About You. That Drescher was able to turn into her own series called Living With Fran. This series lasted two seasons and then Fran moved on.
Fran Drescher was the voice of Eunice in the Adam Sandler animated Hotel Transylvania franchise, as well as another series she created with Jacobson called Happily Divorced. This one also lasted two seasons.
FRAN DRESCHER NOW
In recent years Fran Drescher has slowed a bit on the acting front. She pulled down a few roles in Broad City and Alone Together but lately, she can be seen on the series Indebted.
Seven years after Fran Drescher had an operation for uterine cancer, she began the Cancer Schmancer Movement. It was, and still is, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all womens’ cancers be diagnosed in Stage 1, its most curable stage. She also wrote a book, titled Cancer Schmancer, that chronicled her battles with cancer.
Now 62-years-old Fran Drescher is also an advocate of LGBTQ rights. In fact, she became an ordained minister just so she could legally officiate LGBTQ weddings.
Love that voice, hate that voice. Either way, Fran Drescher continues to leave an audible mark across the Hollywood landscape.