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Carol Fran

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Soul-blues diva Carol Fran was created Oct 23, 1933, in Lafayette, LA. After starting her profession as a teenager singing leap blues using the Don Conway Orchestra, she ultimately arrived in New Orleans, marrying saxophonist Bob Francois. Abbreviating her wedded name to merely Fran, she became a continuing presence over the Bourbon Road membership circuit before mounting a protracted tour of Mexico. In 1957, she cut her initial edges for the R&B label Excello, credit scoring a local smash with her debut one “Emmitt Lee.” Though she documented thoroughly for Excello, just three even more singles had been released during Fran’s abbreviated tenure using the label and she quickly signed on like a presented vocalist with blues tale Guitar Thin. She continuing touring using the group within the wake of Slim’s 1959 loss of life, appearing alongside different substitutes, including Nappy Brownish, Lee Dorsey, and Joe Tex. In 1962, Fran authorized to Lyric and released a set of singles, including a swamp pop rendition of “THE FANTASTIC Pretender”; she spent two even more years on the highway before getting on using the Jubilee subsidiary Slot to get a 1964 cover from the Orioles’ traditional “Crying within the Chapel.” The solitary was after that reissued for the Josie label, but was dropped within the shuffle when Elvis Presley obtained with his personal reading from the song immediately after. Undaunted, Fran continued to be with Slot for some smoldering soul edges spotlighting her crystalline vocals to wonderful effect. As the follow-up “You Can’t Prevent Me” presented a Sammy Lowe set up, her third work for the label, the beautiful “A GLOBAL Without You,” was penned by Bobby Darin. Unfortunately, both didn’t make any industrial headway; nevertheless, and after yet another solitary for Slot, “Any Day Like Strolls In,” Fran came back to touring. She didn’t re-enter the studio room until 1967, putting your signature on to Roulette to get a cover of Brook Benton’s “Therefore Close.” Despite slicing a surplus of materials during her Roulette stay, the classes continued to be within the can — embittered by her label encounters and stung by many years of ill-informed monetary dealings, she came back to Louisiana and spent over ten years confining her actions to small night clubs. In 1982, Fran was reunited with Clarence Holliman, a mentioned studio room guitarist she briefly dated 25 % century previously; the couple ultimately wedded and relocated to Tx, appearing live collectively and in 1992 putting your signature on to Black Best to concern the album Spirit Sensation. Observe There followed 2 yrs later, and following a very long studio room hiatus, Fran and Holliman resurfaced on JSP using the aptly entitled 2000 release ISN’T IT ABOUT TIME.

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Full Name Carol Fran
Date Of Birth October 23, 1933
Profession Singer, Songwriter
Music Songs Emmitt Lee, See There!, I'm Gonna Try, Door Poppin', Tou' les jours c'est pas la même, Any Day Love Walks In, Bring It On Home To Me - Old Folks Jam, The Great Pretender, C'Mon Let's Make Up, Roll With the Punches, Gristle, I'll Make Your Life Sunshine, Forgive Me, But My Heart Is Broken, I Needs To Be Be'd With, You Can't Stop Me, Golden Girl, This Little Light, Texas Home, My Happiness, You're My Pleasure, You Got Me Dizzy, Jumpin' With Gristle, Everyday Is Not The Same, Put the Blame on Me, Blabs, Went up on the Mountain, I Miss You So, Daddy Daddy Daddy, I'll Never Be Free, Just a Letter, Lookin' Good, Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere
Albums Soul Sensation!, It's About Time, The Frantastic Carol Fran, See There!


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#Fact
1 Claims to have turned down a ménage à trois with Warren Beatty and Isabelle Adjani.
2 Starring on the new hit TV show on the WB Living with Fran (2005). [April 2005]
3 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]
4 Rosie O'Donnell's blog suggests that she and Fran are working to create a family comedy together. [April 2008]
5 Doing commercials for Old Navy, along with Kimberly Lil' Kim Jones. [November 2003]
6 Fran had a stint doing a play in New York for a week. It was one of her first dramatic roles. [July 2003]
7 Fran is currently starring Off-Broadway opposite actor Eric McCormack in Neil LaBute's "Some Girls". [May 2006]
8 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).
9 Best friend of Yvonne Sciò.
10 Founder of the Cancer Schmancer Foundation.
11 Can speak some Spanish.
12 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).
13 Has an older sister, Nadine.
14 Adeline Drescher's cousin.
15 Went to Hillcrest High School in Queens, New York with Ray Romano and Michael K. Brock.
16 Endorsed Hanes' Smooth Illusions line of pantyhose in 1994, appearing in print and TV ads.
17 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 many years ago.
18 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.
19 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.
20 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.
21 Was told that she'd never make it in this business unless she lost her thick New York accent.
22 Abides by a dairy-free diet.
23 Became good friends with Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon, after co-starring with them in the 1983 film, Doctor Detroit (1983).
24 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.
25 Owns a chocolate Pomeranian named Esther Drescher, who often appears on Living with Fran (2005) as Esther the dog.
26 Her father, Mort Drescher, has appeared on The Nanny (1993) on more than one occasion.
27 Went to Hillcrest High School in Queens, New York, as did her former husband, Peter Marc Jacobson.
28 Is of South-East Central European Jewish descent.
29 She was admitted to Los Angeles's Cedars Sinai Hospital on 21 June 2000, after doctors diagnosed her with uterine cancer. But emergency surgery caught it early as it was only at Stage 1 and she didn't have to have radiation or chemotherapy. She has been given a clean bill of health and no post-operative treatment has been ordered.
30 Sold her Spanish house to Alfred Gough and now lives in Malibu.
31 Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. [1996]


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Happily Divorced TV Series created by - 34 episodes, 2011 - 2013 story by - 31 episodes, 2011 - 2013 written by - 1 episode, 2011
La niñera 2007 TV Series creator
Living with Fran 2006 TV Series story - 1 episode
Niania 2005 TV Series creator
La nany 2005 TV Series creator
La niñera 2004 TV Series story - 81 episodes
Moya prekrasnaya nyanya 2004 TV Series 3 episodes
The Nanny TV Series created by - 145 episodes, 1993 - 1999 written by - 5 episodes, 1993 - 1995 story - 2 episodes, 1995 - 1998 teleplay - 1 episode, 1995 teleplay by - 1 episode, 1995 story by - 1 episode, 1993

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 7D 2016 TV Series Encyclopedia
Hotel Transylvania 2 2015 Eunice (voice)
Happily Divorced 2011-2013 TV Series Fran Lovett
Hotel Transylvania 2012 Eunice (voice)
Mindwash. The Jake Sessions 2011 Short Madame LaRue (voice)
Glenn Martin DDS 2010 TV Series Arlene Stein
Entourage 2008 TV Series Mrs. Levine
Live from Lincoln Center 2008 TV Series Morgan Le Fay
Living with Fran 2005-2007 TV Series Fran Reeves
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 TV Series Elaine Dockerty
The Simpsons 2006 TV Series Female Golem
Shark Bait 2006 Pearl (voice)
Santa's Slay 2005 Virginia Mason
What I Like About You 2005 TV Series Fran Reeves
Phua Chu Kang 2004 TV Series Fran Fine
Strong Medicine 2004 TV Series Irene Slater
Beautiful Girl 2003 TV Movie Amanda Wasserman
Good Morning, Miami 2003 TV Series Roberta Diaz
Kid Quick 2000 Short Kerry
Picking Up the Pieces 2000 Sister Frida
The Nanny 1993-1999 TV Series Fran Fine Fran Sheffield Fran Drescher ...
The Simple Life 1998 TV Series Fran Fine
The Beautician and the Beast 1997 Joy Miller
Jack 1996 Dolores 'D.D.' Durante
Car 54, Where Are You? 1994 Velma Velour
Without Warning: Terror in the Towers 1993 TV Movie Rosemarie Russo
Civil Wars 1992 TV Series Norma Baker
We're Talkin' Serious Money 1992 Valerie
Dream On 1991 TV Series Kathleen
Princesses 1991 TV Series Melissa Kirshner
WIOU 1990 TV Series Jo Finc
Hurricane Sam 1990 TV Movie Rene Gianelli
Cadillac Man 1990 Joy Munchack
ALF 1990 TV Series Roxanne
The Tracey Ullman Show 1989 TV Series Sales Assistant
It Had to Be You 1989
Wedding Band 1989 Veronica
UHF 1989 Pamela Finklestein
Love and Betrayal 1989 TV Movie Germaine
What's Alan Watching? 1989 TV Special Gail Hoffstetter
The Big Picture 1989 Polo Habel
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1988 TV Series Jody Levin
Once a Hero 1987 TV Series
Night Court 1986 TV Series Miriam Brody
Who's the Boss? 1985-1986 TV Series Joyce Columbus / Carol Patrice
Charmed Lives 1986 TV Series Joyce Columbus
227 1985 TV Series Ms. Baker
Silver Spoons 1985 TV Series Annie
The Rosebud Beach Hotel 1984 Linda
P.O.P. 1984 TV Movie Maggie Newton
Young Lust 1984
This Is Spinal Tap 1984 Bobbi Flekman
Doctor Detroit 1983 Karen Blittstein
Nine to Five 1983 TV Series Tapioca
Fame 1982 TV Series Rhonda
I'd Rather Be Calm 1982 TV Movie Leslie Harper Weinstein
Ragtime 1981 Mameh
The Hollywood Knights 1980 Sally
Gorp 1980 Evie
Saturday Night Live 1978 TV Series Concert Goer
Stranger in Our House 1978 TV Movie Carolyn Baker
American Hot Wax 1978 Sheryl
Saturday Night Fever 1977 Connie

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Happily Divorced 2011-2013 TV Series executive producer - 34 episodes
The Fran Drescher Show 2010 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Living with Fran TV Series executive producer - 12 episodes, 2005 - 2006 producer - 3 episodes, 2005 - 2007
The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember 2004 TV Movie documentary executive producer
The Nanny TV Series producer - 77 episodes, 1993 - 1996 executive producer - 69 episodes, 1995 - 1999
The Beautician and the Beast 1997 executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Nanny TV Series 1 episode, 1994 performer - 8 episodes, 1993 - 1999
Fame 1982 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Strong Medicine 2004 TV Series 1 episode
The Nanny 1998-1999 TV Series 2 episodes
Daytrippers 1998 TV Series

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ryan & Ruby 2014 TV Series short thanks - 1 episode
Making the Nanny 2005 Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CBS News Sunday Morning 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Katie 2013-2014 TV Series Herself
The Broadway.com Show 2014 TV Series Herself
Skum Rocks! 2013 Documentary Herself
Brave Miss World 2013 Documentary Herself
Who's Cooking with Florence Henderson 2013 TV Series Herself
Cupcake Wars 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest Judge / Actress
Entertainment Tonight 2006-2013 TV Series Herself
The Talk 2011-2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
ES.TV HD 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
Marie 2012 TV Series documentary Herself - Guest
Made in Hollywood 2012 TV Series Herself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2011-2012 TV Series Herself
Larry King Now 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
10th Annual TV Land Awards 2012 TV Special Herself
CQC: Custe o Que Custar 2012 TV Series Herself
Live with Kelly and Ryan 2005-2012 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Watch What Happens: Live 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1994-2011 TV Series Herself / Himself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2011 TV Series Herself
Good Morning America 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
20 to 1 2010-2011 TV Series documentary Herself
CMT Insider 2011 TV Series Herself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 1996-2011 TV Series Herself
The Fran Drescher Show 2010 TV Series Herself / Herself - Hostess
Ray Charles America 2010 Documentary Herself
Stand Up to Cancer 2010 TV Special Herself
Democracy Now! 2010 TV Series Herself
Hannity 2010 TV Series Herself - Focus Group Participant
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief 2010 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2009 TV Series Herself
Rachael Ray 2008 TV Series Herself
Stand Up to Cancer 2008 TV Movie Herself
Larry King Live 2007-2008 TV Series Herself
The View 2005-2007 TV Series Herself
Thank God You're Here 2007 TV Series Herself
Fashion News Live 2006-2007 TV Series Herself
The Tony Danza Show 2005-2006 TV Series Herself
Howard Stern on Demand 2006 TV Series Herself
The Reichen Show 2006 TV Series Herself
The Apprentice: Martha Stewart 2005 TV Series Herself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2004-2005 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005 TV Series Herself
TV Land Confidential 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2005 TV Series Herself
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List 2005 TV Series Herself
Making the Nanny 2005 Video documentary short Herself - Producer / 'Fran Fine'
Howard Stern 1994-2005 TV Series Herself
I Married a Princess 2005 TV Series Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994-2005 TV Series Herself
The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself
TV's Greatest Sidekicks 2004 TV Special Herself
Access Hollywood 2004 TV Series Herself
CBS at 75 2003 TV Special documentary Herself
Dinner for Five 2003 TV Series Herself
The Restaurant 2003 TV Series Herself
Heroes of Jewish Comedy 2003 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 2003 TV Series Herself
The 3rd Annual Women Rock! Girls and Guitars 2002 TV Movie Herself
VH-1 Behind the Movie 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-2002 TV Series Herself
Hollywood Squares 1998-2002 TV Series Herself - Panelist
American Masters 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
Sesame Street 2000 TV Series Herself
Influences: From Yesterday to Today 1999 TV Movie Herself
The Stars of 'Star Wars': Interviews from the Cast 1999 Video documentary Herself
MADtv 1999 TV Series Herself
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 1999 TV Series documentary Herself
Intimate Portrait 1999 TV Series documentary Herself
Television: The First Fifty Years 1999 Video documentary Herself - Interviewee
Late Show with David Letterman 1993-1998 TV Series Herself
CBS: The First 50 Years 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1998 TV Special Herself
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1998 TV Special Herself
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 TV Special Herself - Nominee
Light Lunch 1997 TV Series Herself
Ruby Wax Meets... 1997 TV Series documentary Herself
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1996 TV Special Herself - Nominee
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 TV Special Herself - Nominee
Comic Relief VII 1995 TV Special documentary Herself
CBS This Morning 1995 TV Series Herself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1995 TV Series Herself
Hollywood's Most Powerful Women 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
Maury 1993 TV Series Herself
1993 Environmental Media Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
Late Night with David Letterman 1990-1991 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
The Annual National Convention of Christians and Jews 1991 TV Movie Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1990-1991 TV Series Herself
The Geraldo Rivera Show 1990 TV Series Herself
Hour Magazine 1981 TV Series Herself
Studio 10 2017 TV Series Herself
Today 2006-2017 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
Gotham Comedy Live 2017 TV Series documentary Herself - Host
The Doctors 2009-2016 TV Series Herself
The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell 2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
Home & Family 2015-2016 TV Series Herself
The Dr. Oz Show 2016 TV Series Herself
The Chew 2012-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
The Meredith Vieira Show 2016 TV Series Herself
Hollywood Health Report 2015 TV Series Herself
Laugh Out Loud: The Funniest Films Ever 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself / Bobbi Flekman
Hollywood Today Live 2015 TV Series Herself
Tavis Smiley 2015 TV Series Herself
Access Hollywood Live 2015 TV Series Herself
Extra 2014-2015 TV Series Herself
Hell's Kitchen 2015 TV Series Herself - Restaurant Patron
The Real 2014 TV Series Herself
The Queen Latifah Show 2014 TV Series Herself
The Wendy Williams Show 2009-2014 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
Here's a Thought with Charles Shaughnessy 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Oprah: Where Are They Now? 2014 TV Series Herself
The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Bethenny 2014 TV Series Herself
Celebrity Home Raiders 2014 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra 2015 TV Series Herself
What Would You Do? 2012 TV Series Herself
A polos 25 2010 TV Series Fran Fine
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Herself
Seinfeld: Inside Look 2005 TV Series documentary short Estelle Costanza
When Stand-Up Comics Ruled the World 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection 2003 Video Pamela Finklestein (UHF) (uncredited)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien: 5 1998 TV Movie Herself (uncredited)
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Videos 1996 Video Pamela Finklestein (UHF)
50 Years of Funny Females 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
Alapalooza: The Videos 1994 Video short Pamela Finklestein (UHF) (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Favorite Nanny The Nanny (1993)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film Hotel Transylvania (2012) · Adam Sandler
· Selena Gomez
· Andy Samberg
· Kevin James
· CeeLo Green
· Steve Buscemi
· Molly Shannon
· David Spade
· Jon Lovitz
· Brian George
· Chris Parnell
· Rob Riggle
· Luenell
· Brian Stack
1999 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Favorite Actress in a Comedy The Nanny (1993)
1998 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actress The Beautician and the Beast (1997)
1997 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical The Nanny (1993)
1997 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series The Nanny (1993)
1997 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical The Nanny (1993)
1996 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical The Nanny (1993)
1996 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series The Nanny (1993)
1996 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication The Nanny (1993)


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1 [on personally officiating at gay marriage ceremonies] It is our duty to recognize that injustice exists and shift national consciousness to correct that injustice. Marriage equality is our opportunity to uphold our constitutional values, to stretch beyond our comfort zone and mature into a better version of ourselves. It is only by example that we may continue to be a beacon of freedom for the rest if the world. Love is love.
2 [upon constantly being asked if her voice is real] Who would make this up?
3 Think peace.

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1 Widow's peak hairline
2 Nasal voice with New York accent

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