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Fran Drescher Tawks ‘The Nanny,’ Cancer Schmancer, New Projects and More (Exclusive)

There’s a lot going on in Fran Drescher‘s life, from shooting the pilot of a new NBC sitcom costarring WingsSteven Webber to standing at the forefront of the Cancer Schmancer movement and taking on a variety of projects, including the possibility of a new version of her most famous series, The Nanny.

Focusing on the latter for a moment, when you think back to that 1993-99 sitcom, you’re not looking at a show that was trying to change the world or deliver a deep message to the masses. It, like I Love Lucy or Laverne & Shirley, was simply about having fun by putting the actress right in the middle of things for six wonderful seasons playing Fran Fine, a cosmetics saleswoman from Queens who somehow finds herself hired as the nanny to the three children of Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy). The result is comedy chaos and, ever-so-gradually, a growing romance between employer and employee.

Nearly 20 have passed since the show ended, but it has managed to remain a part of the audience’s collective memory while continually gaining new fans around the world. As such, it’s still very much a part of Fran’s heart — which isn’t entirely surprising when you consider that she created the show with ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson and they both served as executive producers. Naturally, the question to ask is why it endures the way that it does.

“And it’s a real interesting question,” Fran told Closer Weekly in an exclusive interview. “I think it’s a very likable character and a very lovable character, but also great eye candy. It’s that Upstairs/Downstairs, blue collar meets blue blood relationship sprinkled with sexual tension. It’s an immature grownup acting more like a kid sometimes more than the kids. And it’s all wrapped up in a very traditional silhouette, very much like The Sound of Music — only instead of Julie Andrews, I come to the door.”

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