The Nanny was bright and goofy and … that voice! The Nanny was that voice.
In the role that made her a star, Fran Drescher played a cosmetics saleswoman straight from Queens who uses her fast-talking ways to land the job as a live-in babysitter for a wealthy widower. The motley crew (three kids!) was rounded out by snarky butler Niles and Mr. Sheffield’s business partner, the very snooty, C.C.
From 1993-1999, the oddball family – spoiler alert, Fran eventually married her employer – dealt with an amalgamation of everyday problems amid their lives of luxury. Despite her new high life, Drescher’s character never shed her outlandish style and Flushing attitude.
While The Nanny (which premiered 22 years ago today) has found a life in syndication, its cast has moved on. So let’s take a look at what they’ve been up to.
Fran Drescher – Fran Fine
The flashy girl from Flushing has made a career out of playing herself – err, rather, a version of herself. She had a two-year run as – you guessed it – Fran, a mother-of-two divorcee who lived in sin with a man half her age in Living with Fran. She was Fran yet again on TV Land’s 2011-2013 comedy Happily Divorced, about a middle aged couple that tried to move on with their lives after the husband came out as gay.
Drescher’s personal life, however, makes for more interesting fodder then her on-screen sagas – in fact, it inspired some of her work. Like Happily, Drescher’s own ex-husband came out, but they still have a “wonderful relationship,” as she told MORE. She continues to be outspoken about her horrific 1985 rape and channeled her battle with uterine cancer into the successful “Cancer Schmancer” Movement. The organization, which Drescher serves as president of, promotes early detection, prevention, and policy change.
In fact, the 58-year-old was appointed as Public Diplomacy Envoy for Women’s Health Issues in 2008. ...
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."