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Fran Drescher is an American actress, producer, writer and comedian, best known for her brilliant New York accent and starring role in the TV sitcom The Nanny. Since appearing in Saturday Night Fever, she has starred in several Hollywood films, penned two books and founded the Cancer Awareness Group, Cancer Schmancer.
Born Francine Joy Drescher in Flushing, Queens, Fran Drescher has had an affinity for acting since joining the drama club at her High School. As well as meeting her future husband at the Drama club, she built her confidence to enter the 1973 Miss Teen New York pageant. Despite coming second place, Fran used the opportunity to reach out to talent agents in the City, telling them she’d won first place to pitch herself as a client.
After a brief stint in hairdressing after graduation, Fran landed her first major role as Connie in 1977′s smash film Saturday Night Fever. Multiple roles followed in films such as The Hollywood Knights, The Big Picture, UHF, and This Is Spinal Tap, but she is best known as the " 'Mary Poppins' from Queens" in her starring role "Fran Fine" in The Nanny, which earned her two Emmy nominations as Best Actress in a Comedy Series. More recently, she has developed and starred in the sitcoms Living with Fran and Happily Divorced, both created with her ex-husband and offering a comic take on their divorce.
As well as starring on the screen, Fran has appeared on Broadway in Cinderella and on stage for Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore. She is also the author of two memoirs,
Enter Whining and Cancer Schmancer, the latter about her experience of being diagnosed with and beating uterine cancer. Since publication, Fran has founded the Cancer Awareness Group ‘Cancer Schmancer’ and uses her social media to advocate for healthcare and LGBT rights.
Fran recently celebrated 20 years free of cancer by organising a free virtual cabaret concert on Cancer Schmancer.
The music for the podcast is Twiggy's version of "Waterloo Sunset" by the Kinks and can be found on Apple Music at this link https://music.apple.com/gb/album/romantically-yours/693460953
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