Voice you won’t for­get

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - NEALA JOHN­SON HO­TEL TRANSYLVANIA Now show­ing Vil­lage

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.’’

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