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Fran Drescher, famous for playing the lovable and quirky Fran Fine in the hit TV series “The Nanny,” is best known for her nasal voice, New York accent and raising the three Sheffield kids on television.
In a recent interview with The Cut, Drescher admitted that despite being known for playing a caregiver, she never had children of her own – and she sometimes regrets it.
“I think I would have been a good mom, and sometimes I think I kind of missed out on that,” she said.
The 62-year-old actress was diagnosed with uterine cancer 20 years ago – just one year after “The Nanny” went off air. As part of her cancer treatment, she received a hysterectomy. In an essay for InStyle last year, Drescher opened up about her diagnosis.
"It was strange — and kind of poetic — that my reproductive organs, of all things, had cancer," she wrote. "But it was also an amazing affirmation that pain finds its way to exactly the right place in the body if you don’t deal with it.”
Prior to her cancer diagnosis, Drescher was raped at gun point in a home invasion. Admitting she ignored her “vulnerabilities,” the actress believes this trauma was critical in her diagnosis.
"Since I hadn’t been paying attention to my own vulnerabilities, my pain from the rape lodged itself in my uterus. No one else around me had cancer. That was a rude awakening," she said.
Drescher, once in remission, entered a new phase in life, which she called “Life After Cancer.” She began writing a memoir and launched a cancer foundation.
“Suddenly, I was a person who couldn’t have children. But I gave birth to a book, 'Cancer Schmancer,' and launched a movement with the goal of transforming people from patients into medical consumers," she wrote.
It has now been 21 years since “The Nanny” has ended. Drescher currently stars in the NBC sitcom “Indebted,” where she plays a lovable debt-ridden grandmother who lives with her son. The actress even put her own spin on the character, attributing the decision to her previous success.
"People are tuning in to see who they’re used to seeing… [If] you want to get some heavy character actress, older woman, to be this pain in the a-- in the house and have this, you know, antagonistic relationship with the daughter-in-law like they did in “Everybody Loves Raymond,” be my guest. But that’s not me.”