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Trivia (34)

Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. [1996]

Sold her Spanish house to Alfred Gough and now lives in Malibu.

She was admitted to Los Angeles's Cedars Sinai Hospital on 21 June, 2000, after doctors diagnosed her with uterine cancer. Emergency surgery caught it early as it was only at Stage 1 and she did not have to have radiation or chemotherapy. She was given a clean bill of health and no post-operative treatment was ordered.

Is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia, and Romania).

Went to Hillcrest High School in Queens, New York, as did her former husband, Peter Marc Jacobson.

Her father, Mort Drescher, has appeared on The Nanny (1993) on more than one occasion.

Owns a chocolate Pomeranian named Esther Drescher, who often appears on Living with Fran (2005) as Esther the dog.

A Patient Advocate on the External Advisory Board for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas. Also the 2002 recipient of the Public Service Award from the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation.

Became good friends with Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon, after co-starring with them in the 1983 film, Doctor Detroit (1983).

Abides by a dairy-free diet.

Was told that she'd never make it in this business unless she lost her thick New York accent.

Famously bumped into the then-president of CBS, Jeff Sagansky, on a plane trip to Paris. She convinced him to hear her and her husband Peter Marc Jacobson's ideas for a television show. After impressing him with her persistence, intelligence and charm, The Nanny (1993) pilot was filmed less than a year later.

Was first runner up for "Miss New York Teenager" in 1973. In order to get an agent, she lied when calling up talent agencies and said she was the winner. It worked and an agent was found.

Earlier in her career, in an effort to get more roles as an actress, she once went to a professional to lose her nasal voice and thick New York accent. She was very successful in learning how to speak "normal", but couldn't get any work that way! By that point, people only wanted to hire if she used the "funny" voice. Meanwhile, it was the voice that made her famous years later.

Is a rape survivor. She along with her then-husband, Peter Marc Jacobson, and a friend were attacked in her home during a home invasion in January 1985.

Endorsed Hanes' Smooth Illusions line of pantyhose in 1994, appearing in print and TV ads.

Went to Hillcrest High School in Queens, New York with Ray Romano and Michael K. Brock.

Adeline Drescher's cousin.

Has an older sister, Nadine.

The 1960s model Twiggy is a friend of hers and it was her interaction with Twiggy's children that was used as the basis for The Nanny (1993).

Can speak some Spanish.

Founder of the Cancer Schmancer Foundation.

Best friend of Yvonne Sciò.

Graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY). She paid homage to her alma mater, by wearing a Queens College t-shirt on an episode of The Nanny (1993).

Fran is currently starring Off-Broadway opposite actor Eric McCormack in Neil LaBute's "Some Girls". [May 2006]

Fran had a stint doing a play in New York for a week. It was one of her first dramatic roles. [July 2003]

Doing commercials for Old Navy, along with Kimberly Lil' Kim Jones. [November 2003]

Rosie O'Donnell's blog suggests that she and Fran are working to create a family comedy together. [April 2008]

Appearing Off_Broadway in MCC Theater's presentation of Neil LaBute's play "Some Girls" , May 17 - June 24, 2006, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York, NY. [June 2006]

Starring on the new hit TV show on the WB Living with Fran (2005). [April 2005]

Claims to have turned down a ménage à trois with Warren Beatty and Isabelle Adjani.

Danced with John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever".

Friends with Rosie O'Donnell.

Close friends with her The Nanny (1993) co-stars Charles Shaughnessy. and Lauren Lane.