‘The Nanny’ star Fran Drescher on which visitor star shocked her essentially the most, making Princess Diana snort


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Quite a few celebrities headed to Sheffield’s door to guest-star in “The Nanny,” however there was one legendary star who managed to shock Fran Drescher.

The actress, who famously performed Fran High quality within the hit sitcom from 1993 till 1999, welcomed loads of stars on set, however there was one, particularly, who made an enduring impression.

“Everybody was always very nice,” the 64-year-old advised Every day Submit Digital. “But Elizabeth Taylor was really warm, very generous. She sat on the couch on the set and whoever wanted to stand behind her and take a picture with her could. And the set photographer did for both the cast and crew. She was very welcoming of everybody.”

Fran Drescher, left, and Elizabeth Taylor for

Fran Drescher, left, and Elizabeth Taylor for “The Nanny” episode “Where’s the Pearls?” initially broadcast Feb. 26, 1996.
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“But the funny thing is if you wanted a picture, you had to pay for the touch-up,” Drescher chuckled. “Renee Taylor, who played Sylvia Fine, the nanny’s mother, on the show, said, ‘I’ll pay that, but make sure you give me whatever Liz is getting!’”


Drescher additionally had fond recollections of the Rocketman.

Fran Drescher, as Fran Fine, in the CBS television sitcom

Fran Drescher, as Fran High quality, within the CBS tv sitcom “The Nanny,” circa 1997.
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“It took us a long time to get Elton John, but we got him in the end,” stated Drescher. “We were told that he enjoyed red roses in his dressing room, so we filled his dressing room with red roses. It was just covered. He was really flattered. And it was a wonderful episode. But we were honestly grateful to have any of these stars on the show.

“And it was quite a lot of enjoyable to provide you with concepts as a result of we might write no matter we would like. [The character] Mr. Sheffield was in present enterprise, so it made excellent sense for us to provide you with names. And it was straightforward to do. We might make up no matter we wished. It was by no means the primary thrust of the story. These stars would at all times kick one thing off that made it difficult for Fran, and she or he would at all times get in bother with Mr. Sheffield.”

Fran Drescher welcomes Elton John to the set of

Fran Drescher welcomes Elton John to the set of “The Nanny.” 
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After main a profitable decades-long profession, Drescher is being honored on Thursday at The Hollywood Museum alongside Michael Feinstein and Geri Jewell of “The Facts of Life” fame on the launch of the “Real to Reel” exhibit in partnership with council member Mitch O’Farrell. 

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The exhibition, which celebrates LGBTQ Heritage Month, goals to “tell the story of the milestones and influence that LBGTQ characters and plot lines have had in Hollywood from early stereotypes to modern-day representations.”

Drescher stated she’s grateful for the popularity in addition to her many accomplishments alongside the best way, together with assembly Princess Diana.

“We were both at the CFDA Awards in New York, and I was a presenter,” Drescher recalled. “At the time, Mr. Blackwell had a best dressed and worst dressed list. She was on the best dressed list, and I was on the worst dressed list. I remember she stood in the middle of this cocktail party and there were probably 100 people crowded into this single room. 

“She had a lady subsequent to her who knew each single individual within the room. Properly, I made a beeline for her as a result of there was no approach I used to be going to be intimidated. I used to be going to chop via the gang and get to her as a result of this was in all probability my solely probability. And, just like the nanny, I’ve at all times been a carpe diem form of gal. Seize the day.”

Princess Diana at the CFDA Awards Party in New York.

Princess Diana on the CFDA Awards Occasion in New York.
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“I excused and pardoned me all the way through,” Drescher continued. “When I finally made it to the center of the room, the woman next to her said, ‘This is Fran Drescher. She’s on a very popular show right now. Very funny actress.’ I shook her hand and said, ‘When the history books are written, you will be the heroine of the story.’ She looked at me — I could still see her looking at me right now — and then she said, ‘Oh, thank you. That’s such a kind thing to say.’ And I meant every word.”

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However Drescher wasn’t carried out impressing the Princess of Wales. When she obtained up on stage, the star made certain to share a joke she labored on only for her.

“I said, ‘I met Princess Diana backstage and said to her, ‘Princess, we’re both on Mr. Blackwell’s list,'” stated Drescher. “And she said to me, ‘Yes, but I was on the best-dressed list, and you were on the worst. And I said, ‘Yes, but you have Princess Margaret on your list. I have Madonna and Demi [Moore] in mine. You’re on the wrong list princess!’

Actress Fran Drescher standing with arms raised near photographers at a CFDA gala.

Actress Fran Drescher standing with arms raised close to photographers at a CFDA gala.
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“I saw her sitting on the front row. Bellied over. Laughing and slapping her knee, bouncing her foot. Laughing in a real guttural, genuine way. I could see her now sitting on that front row wearing a blue dress with a pearl choker just laughing. She was so good-humored and not elitist at all. And she was surprised. She had no idea I was going to say that. But I’m a comedy writer, and I knew the audience would eat that up with a spoon. It’s a highlight in my career.”

Drescher stated she feels blessed at this time. She endured a painful previous, which included a horrifying rape at gunpoint in 1985, getting divorced from her husband of 21 years — Peter Marc Jacobson — who publicly revealed he’s homosexual, in addition to being recognized with uterine most cancers in 2000 after two years of misdiagnoses by a number of medical doctors.

In 2007, the survivor created the Most cancers Schmancer Motion, a nonprofit that goals to teach individuals on learn how to establish and get rid of the causes of most cancers and different ailments from their each day routines. That very same yr, she helped persuade Congress to cross the Gynecologic Most cancers Schooling and Consciousness Act, which grew to become legislation.

Fran Drescher at a book signing for her book,

Fran Drescher at a ebook signing for her ebook, “Cancer Schmancer,” a memoir describing her restoration from most cancers, Might 6, 2002, in New York Metropolis. 
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In January, Drescher was elected president of SAG-AFTRA, which represents roughly 160,000 performers and media professionals. She additionally wrote the foreword for a brand new image ebook, “N is for The Nanny,” which references the ’90s present. A hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Most cancers Schmancer Motion.

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“I think it’s important that I keep pushing forward the idea that we each have to be the change we want in this world,” she stated. “And I’m very proud of ‘The Nanny.’ It’s the gift that keeps on giving. And it has certainly withstood the test of time. 

“It’s frankly by no means been off the air in virtually 30 years. So individuals hold rediscovering it. It’s been embraced on TikTok, and it began streaming on HBO Max. I feel I’ve stayed very related. I’ve a younger viewers. However I’m additionally fearless in the case of speaking about issues that matter.

Fran Drescher, president of SAG-AFTRA, attends the Environmental Media Association IMPACT Summit and Cocktail Reception at Pendry West Hollywood June 2, 2022, in West Hollywood.

Fran Drescher, president of SAG-AFTRA, attends the Environmental Media Affiliation IMPACT Summit and Cocktail Reception at Pendry West Hollywood June 2, 2022, in West Hollywood.
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“I’ve come out on the other side — for the better,” she added. “You have to play the hand that you’ve been dealt with using grace, elegance and courage. I’ve been very fortunate and blessed in my life. I started with very humble beginnings. My dad worked two jobs when I was very young. It’s been an incredible ride with some very low lows … but I learned very significant life lessons that carry me on. I’m very lucky.”


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