Francine Joy "Fran" Drescher was born on September 30, 1957 in Flushing, Queens, New York to parents Sylvia, a bridal consultant, and Morty, a naval systems analyst. Drescher has a rich career in various disciplines; she is an actress, comedian, screenwriter, director, producer, author, singer, talk show host, political lobbyist and health activist.
Drescher's first brush with stardom came during the year of 1973, when she came in as first runner-up for "Miss New York Teenager." This inspired Drescher to try acting, and she eventually got an opportunity to play a small role in the huge hit Saturday Night Fever in 1977. Drescher continued building her status by landing roles in movies including American Hot Wax, Summer of Fear, and a dramatic role in Ragtime.
Her star rose during the eighties with success as a character actress in films such as The Hollywood Knights, Doctor Detroit, The Big Picture, UHF, Cadillac Man, and This is Spinal Tap. Drescher's career was ascending steadily, but it would really take a huge climb after her collaboration with someone very close to her.
Fran Drescher married her high school sweetheart, Peter Marc Jacobson, from Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, Queens at the age of 21. They created a television show together, called The Nanny, in 1993. This show starred Fran Drescher as an affectionate woman named Fran Fine, who by chance became the nanny of widowed father and British gentleman Maxwell Sheffield. This show lasted six years, and it propelled Drescher to stardom.
Drescher parlayed this success into a number of film roles including Jack, The Beautician and the Beast, and Picking Up the Pieces. She faced a very strong obstacle in 2000, when diagnosed with uterine cancer after two years of symptoms and misdiagnosis. Drescher underwent an immediate operation, and was declared cured. She used her struggle to found a charity for cancer in the name of the Cancer Schmancer Movement. Drescher was instrumental in the passage of Johanna's Law, which was sponsored by President Barack Obama.
Drescher has also gone back to show business, making various appearances on many shows, and currently hosting her own show called The Fran Drescher Tawk Show. She is activate in politics, and is the Public Diplomacy Envoy for Women's Health Issues for the U.S. State Department. Drescher's success is ascribed to her talent, and the knowledge she acquired through education at Queens College and other arenas.
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