Voice you won’t forget
TWENTY years after she became The Nanny, and just days away from her 55th birthday, Fran Drescher feels blessed but far from fulfilled.
‘‘ I would like to someday direct a feature film – I’ve directed television and I enjoy it very much,’’ the native New Yorker says.
‘‘ I would like to be in another deeply committed love relationship. I still think about maybe adopting a child; I wonder if I should have that life experience, having lived such a big life but not knowing what it is to be a parent beyond being a parent to a dog.
‘‘ And eventually I’ll probably run for elected office.’’
She’s serious about politics, but for now those ambitions are on hold as she rolls into a third season of her latest sitcom Happily Divorced.
The show, which has yet to be picked up by an Australian network, is inspired by Drescher’s real life with her exhusband/ producing partner Peter Marc Jacobson – after 21 years of marriage, they divorced when he came out as gay.
Gay rights and equality is one of the issues Drescher ( right) is most passionate about and to launch the TV show she officiated at three gay weddings.
Can we officially call her a gay icon now?
‘‘ I tell you, you probably could have done that from The Nanny. But now the public is aware I’ve got a gay exhusband, he says I’ve now been elevated to Judy Garland status,’’ she laughs.
Drescher also started the Cancer Schmancer Movement after being diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2000, has lobbied government for healthcare reform and travels the US speaking about removing potential carcinogens from your home and diet.
When Drescher speaks, folk usually listen – her voice has always been instantly recognisable.
So it’s surprising that so few over the years have done like Adam Sandler has, roped Drescher in to be a voice in his animated comedy Hotel Transylvania.
Drescher supplies the voice of Eunice, the big- haired wife to Frankenstein ( Kevin James).
‘‘ Yeah, frankly, I am very surprised,’’ says Drescher of the fact she’s done so little voice- work in her 35- year career.
‘‘ That was another reason I wanted to do this. It was a big movie with big stars and I’m in good company.’’