Fran Drescher

American actress and comedian

Francine Joy "Fran" Drescher (born September 30, 1957) is an American television, movie, musical theatre and voice actress, television director and producer, comedian, screenwriter, model, health, LGBT rights and political activist. She is of Jewish descent.

Fran Drescher
Drescher at the Ultimate Women's Expo in 2018
National President of the SAG-AFTRA
Assumed office
October 15, 2021
Preceded byGabrielle Carteris
Personal details
Francine Joy Drescher

(1957-09-30) September 30, 1957 (age 66)
New York City, U.S.
  • (m. 1978; div. 1999)
Domestic partnerShiva Ayyadurai (2014–2016)
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • writer
  • activist

Her acting career began around 1977 when she acted in the movie Saturday Night Fever. She is best known for playing Fran Fine from the sitcom The Nanny. Her other notable movie roles include Jack (1996) and Beautician and the Beast (1997).

Drescher wrote her memoirs and is a Universal Life Church minister. She was born in New York City.

She is a uterine cancer survivor. She is a Democrat and a critic of capitalism.[1] In 1985, she was raped by armed robbers.[2]

In September 2021, Drescher was elected President of SAG-AFTRA.[3][4]


  1. "How to Be More Fabulously Radical in 2017, According to Fran Drescher". Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  2. "LARRY KING LIVE Interview with Fran Drescher". CNN. May 6, 2002. Retrieved July 23, 2009.
  3. Maddaus, Gene (2021-09-02). "Fran Drescher Elected President of SAG-AFTRA, Rival Joely Fisher Wins Secretary-Treasurer". Variety. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
  4. "SAG-AFTRA Members Elect Fran Drescher President of Union and Joely Fisher as Secretary-Treasurer". 2021-09-02. Retrieved 2021-09-03.

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