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Fran Drescher

Actress & Cancer Survivor


After years of small roles in film and television, the comic actress Fran Drescher finally gained fame as a "'Mary Poppins' from Queens" in what has become her signature role, "Fran Fine" in The Nanny. With then-husband Peter Marc Jacobson, Drescher co-created and executive produced the sitcom - a humorous study of contrasts arising from the juxtaposition of a middle-class Jewish nanny in the refined world of a British-born, upper-class theater producer. Her performance in The Nanny earned her two Emmy nominations as Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

Following their 1999 divorce, Drescher and Jacobson reunited to develop a new sitcom, Living with Fran, followed by Happily Divorced, which premiered in 2011. Inspired by their real-life relationship, the show features Fran with her newly outed gay ex-husband still living with her for economic reasons.

In 2000, Drescher was diagnosed with uterine cancer but has since been given a clean bill of health. She wrote a book about this experience, Cancer Schmancer, in which she frankly describes the disease and her journey back to health. She has also penned her memoir, Enter Whining.

A brazenly sexy, stylish, and comic performer with a distinctive New York accent, Fran Drescher intimately connects with her audiences in her keynotes, addressing anything from her various roles on screen and stage to her fight against cancer.

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Cancer Schmancer: Straight Talk about Getting Well

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