Fran Drescher is an American actress, comedienne and activist best known for her starring role as Fran Fine (later Fran Sheffield) in the television sitcom The Nanny, from 1993-1999.
She also starred in the sitcom Happily Divorced, from 2011-2013. Written by Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson, Happily Divorced is inspired by Fran Drescher's real life experience and follows Los Angeles florist Fran, whose 18-year marriage ends suddenly when her husband announces he's gay.
Fran received two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal as the lovable Miss Fine on The Nanny, a show she also created, wrote, directed and executive produced.
An accomplished film actress, Drescher won Esquire magazine's Five-Minute Oscar for her memorable performance in the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.
She has co-starred in countless films throughout her career with the likes of Robin Williams, Dan Aykroyd, Tim Robbins and Billy Crystal, and worked with such esteemed directors as Rob Reiner, Milos Forman and Francis Ford Coppola.
But she is most proud of her starring turn opposite Timothy Dalton in Beautician and The Beast, a film she also executive produced.
On stage, Drescher has had the privilege of performing in Ron Ribman's Rug Merchants of Chaos at The Pasadena Playhouse in Los Angeles, The Exonerated in New York City, Neil La Bute's Some Girls and the New York production of Nora Ephron's Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
Fran also performed in a special production of Camelot at the renowned Lincoln Center.
Drescher is also an accomplished author. Enter Whining, her first book, was on The New York Times Best Seller list. For her book Cancer Schmancer (also a New York Times Best Seller), Fran received the prestigious NCCS Writer's Award. She is a uterine cancer survivor.
Fran is the recipient of the John Wayne Institute Woman of Achievement Award, the Gilda Award, the City of Hope Woman of the Year Award, the Hebrew University Humanitarian Award, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicines Spirit of Achievement Award, among many others.
A leading health advocate, Fran is the President and visionary of the Cancer Schmancer Movement. She was instrumental in getting the United States' first Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act passed into law and is now working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to use the appropriated funds to best reach all women.
Fran has also been appointed to the distinguished position of Special Envoy for Women's Health Issues by the US State Department. She used her international celebrity to speak to women globally in emerging third world countries in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
She also introduced an initiative in the state of California to mandate women's cancer screening tests at their basic exams.